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Passion fruit cake

Updated: Wed, 24 May, 2023

Passion fruit crumble cake is a delicious and moist cake with a unique twist of passion fruit flavour and a nice crunch from the crumble topping.

passion fruit crumble cake

The recipe is simple and easy to follow, making it perfect for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a dessert to serve at a party or just want to enjoy a slice of cake with your afternoon tea, this is the perfect choice.

Dan Lepard’s passion fruit crumble cake recipe

What a beautiful cake! Created by Dan Lepard, when he used to do his Guardian column, it is a must-try for anyone who loves cakes and desserts.

The cake is moist and flavourful, with the unique passion fruit flavour that makes it stand out from other cakes. The crumble topping adds a great crunch to the cake, making it even more enjoyable.

The recipe is simple and easy to follow, so even if you are not an experienced baker, you can still make this delicious cake.

passion fruit cake with crunchy crumble

Seedy kinds of fruit

Some fruit seeds you’re supposed to eat, others you’re not.

Orange seeds were long thought to be poisonous, as they contain miniscule amounts of cyanide compounds. I used to feel quite adventurous as a kid, as I loved biting off the soft skin around the orange seeds, crushing the fleshy, bitter core on my tongue, feeling like a daredevil, toying with DEATH!

Incidentally, almonds also contain cyanide, the bitter ones especially, a compound called glycoside amygdalin. When eaten, glycoside amygdalin will turn into prussic acid, a.k.a. hydrogen cyanide, which by the way was the key ingredient to Zyklon B, the lethal pellets used in the Nazi gas chambers. Lovely! Your old harmless looking almonds!

More seeds? Pomegranate. There’s the rub – I love them, I’m a veritable pomegranate FIEND. Especially when the large, fleshy, sweet ones come into season. But you should (not!) see the state of my plate after I’ve had a quarter – adorned with a neat pile of spat-out seeds. I’m not proud of myself. I just don’t like those pesky pips.

passion fruit AI image

Are passion fruit seeds edible?

Passion fruit, or maracujá, is the nicest smelling and flavoured fruit on earth.

Passion fruit is filled with a gelatinous pulp that’s full of seeds. The seeds are edible, but tart. You can eat the pulp, seeds and all. The seeds crunch when eaten with the fruit pulp, and they deliver an abundance of nutritional and health benefits ranging from antioxidant protection to the maintenance of healthy cardiovascular and intestinal systems.

passion fruit pulp

How to make the passion fruit cake?

To make this cake, you will need butter, oil, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, passion fruit pulp, and crumble topping ingredients such as flour, sugar, butter and desiccated coconut.

The cake is perfect for any occasion and can be served as a dessert or as a snack. It is also great for parties or gatherings with friends and family. The passion fruit flavour adds a zing to the traditional crumble cake recipe.

That is all why Dan Lepard’s passion fruit crumble cake recipe is definitely worth trying out. It is easy to make and tastes delicious. The crumble topping adds a nice texture to the cake and the passion fruit flavour makes it stand out from other cakes. Give it a try!

dan lepard passion fruit cake

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easy passion fruit cake with crrumble topping

Passion fruit cake

Servings: 12Time: 2 hours
Rating: (1 reviews)


  • For the coconut crumble:
  • 50g (4 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 75g (12 cup) plain flour
  • 50g (4 tbsp) caster sugar
  • 25g (4 tbsp) desiccated coconut
  • For the cake:
  • 75g (5 tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 20g (112 tbsp) sunflower oil
  • 175g (1 cup minus 1 tbsp) caster sugar
  • pulp from 3 passion fruit
  • 25g (3 tbsp) cornflour
  • 3 medium eggs, separated
  • 100ml (25 cup) double cream
  • 200g (135 cups) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • icing sugar, to finish


1. Butter a 20cm/8 inch round cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.

2. Make the crumble by rubbing the butter into the flour, caster sugar and coconut mix until it turns crumbly.

3. Melt the butter, cool it down slightly to body temperature, then pour into a bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment. Beat in the oil and sugar. Add the passion fruit whilst still beating, then the cornflour, egg yolks and double cream.

4. Sift the flour and baking powder into the batter and mix in gently using a whisk.

5. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks. Fold them into the cake batter with a spatula and spoon into the tin.

6. Sprinkle the crumble gently all over the top of the cake paying special attention to covering the sides.

passion fruit cake batter and crumble

7. Bake for an hour, or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out almost clean.

8. Leave to cool in the tin, then run a knife around the edge to release the cake. Dust with a little icing sugar to serve.

Originally published: Wed, 3 February, 2016

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Anna @ CuisineFiend
Hi Sona - I'm happy to hear that!
3 years ago
Sona Kim
I made this cake based on your recipe, and it was THE BEST PASSION FRUIT CAKE ever! Everyone I shared the cake with absolutely love love it!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
3 years ago

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