You can choose from many ways to pair passion fruit with cake, from mixing it into the cake batter to using it as a decorative topper. Passion fruit has a rich and slightly tart flavor. It contains small seeds, surrounded by juicy pockets of fruity flesh, like a pomegranate. Pairing the fresh tropical fruit with cake adds a sweet and sour taste, as well as a slightly crunchy texture, to the dessert.
Passion fruit is a juicy ingredient that adds liquid volume to cake batter, so you need to slightly reduce the amount of other liquids you use in the batter to compensate. Stir a little passion fruit into lemon coffee cake to give the simple sweet a bold background flavor. Mix passion fruit into dark chocolate cake and sprinkle with powdered sugar for an indulgent dessert with a tropical twist. Combine passion fruit with mandarin orange cake and drizzle with chocolate sauce to create a sweet treat with zip.
Layers of Flavor
There are many ways to turn fresh passion fruit into a flavorful filling for a layered cake. Sprinkle fresh passion fruit between layers of semi-sweet chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting to give the dessert a hint of tang. Simmer passion fruit with sugar, water and a little gelatin to create a thick jelly you can smear between layers of coconut cake. Beat passion fruit, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and butter together for a rich frosting that adds a crunchy accent to vanilla layer cake.
Not a Cookie-Cutter Dessert
Passion fruit isn’t as handy as other sliceable fruits when it comes to decorating a cake, but it still provides a flavorful and pleasant accent to the dessert. The easiest way to create decorative shapes with passion fruit is to use a cookie cutter. Place a decorative cookie cutter over the frosted cake. Sprinkle passion fruit into the cookie cutter and pull the cutter away. The resulting shape of sprinkled passion fruit should resemble the cookie cutter shape. Sprinkle passion fruit in a flower shape over macadamia coffee cake to give the dessert a floral appearance and a tangy taste. Dust a mango cake with square shapes of passion fruit to give the sweet a modern look and a robust flavor.
Several passion fruit dessert sauces pair well with cake. Lightly boil passion fruit, sugar and water for a rich and versatile sauce that works with vanilla, citrus or chocolate cake. Simmer passion fruit, pineapple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together to create a slightly tangy and spicy sauce you can drizzle over pound cake. Cook passion fruit, orange juice, lime juice, sugar and water to create a zesty sauce that pairs well with mellow cakes, such as buttery yellow cake.
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