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    Passionfruit, Lime and Coconut Cake Recipe

    Passionfruit Coconut and Lime Cake Recipe

    Passionfruit are one of my weaknesses, memories of my childhood in New Caledonia. I love them to bits! When I saw boxes of fresh passionfruit (from Colombia) at my local market in July, I negotiated a whole box and brought it home. Of course, passionfruit doesn’t keep forever and once juiced, you have to use it or freeze it. Fortunately, I found the perfect excuse to use it and created this passionfruit, lime and coconut cake recipe for the 2016 Bridge to Bridge swimming race of the Serpentine Swimming Club.

    Swim and Cake

    The Serpentine Swimming Club is where I swim in London and as open water swimmers know, swimming and cake belong together like sin and damnation–or, rather, swim and satisfaction. Nothing beats a slice of homemade cake with a hot cup of tea after a splash amongst the waterfowl gentry of Hyde Park. In general, more swimming means more cake, although you have to act fast if the cake is small.

    Now, here’s where the Bridge to Bridge swim race comes in for the passionfruit cake.

    Passionfruit cake - Serpentine Bridge to Bridge Swim Race

    The Bridge to Bridge race is the one time in the year when Serpentine Swimming Club members are allowed to swim outside of the usual boundaries and gather at the bridge by the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen to swim the whole 1,000 yards of the lake to the Serpentine Bridge. Since the effort is sizable, cake was in order but an email from the club’s president mentioned that a club member would be turning 92 years old. Special cake it would be!

    Cake and Passionfruit

    Passiofruit cake - Passionfruit
    Passionfruit. Photo by Suguri_F via Wikimedia Commons

    I had plenty of passionfruit in my kitchen and wanted to make a cake that would hold well in hand after a swim, that wouldn’t disintegrate during the bicycle ride to the Serpentine and that would be tasty. Also, it had to be moist, which is always a challenge with “tea cakes.” Last but not least, I wanted a true passionfruit flavor–not hints of it. Looking on the web, I only found recipes that called for tiny amounts of passionfruit and I had 72 fruits in front of me! Fortunately, I found an Australian website where they weren’t shy on passionfruit and upped some proportions to boost the flavors. Tangy and textured, it turned out a really nice cake with an intense taste of passionfruit, nice hints of lime and coconut goodness. Several people asked me for the recipe, so here it is.

    Passionfruit, Lime and Coconut Cake Recipe
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    This perfect party cake combines the exotic flavors of passionfruit with the tanginess of limes and the natural sweetness of dried coconut.
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Cuisine: Australian
    Serves: 8
    • CAKE
    • 125 g/1 cup self-raising flour
    • 125 g/1¼cup dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
    • 225g/1 cup sugar
    • 125g/8 Tbsp butter (room temperature)
    • 125 ml/1/2 cup milk
    • 2 eggs
    • Pulp from 5 passionfruit (1/2 cup or 200g)
    • Zest from 3 limes
    • SYRUP
    • 175g/3/4 cup sugar
    • Juice from 3 limes
    • Pulp from 5 passionfruit (1/2 cup or 200g)
    1. Preheat oven at 180C/375F. Grease a cake pan and line with wax paper, making sure wax paper sticks out of pan sides by an inch.
    2. In a bowl, combine flour, coconut, and sugar. Add butter, milk, eggs, passionfruit pulp and zest. If the passionfruit seeds bother you (they're crunchy), you can strain the pulp but will need more passionfruit for the same results.
    3. Stir well and pour into cake pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    4. Remove the cake out of the oven and using the wax paper as a sleeve, lift it from the pan and transfer to a rack. Slightly peel the wax paper sides if you can (otherwise, wait) and let it cool.
    5. Meanwhile, combine the syrup ingredients in a pan on the stove and bring them to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
    6. Drizzle syrup all over the cake, making sure it reaches the base of the cake. Still using the wax paper, gently lift the cake and put it back into the pan.
    7. Let it rest at least an hour, ideally overnight, to let the syrup juices soak the sides of the cake.
    8. Enjoy!


    2 thoughts on “Passionfruit, Lime and Coconut Cake Recipe

    1. Hi! Can I make this cake into a round layer cake by just using round cake pans and tweaking the ingredient quantities? I know as a loaf cake it will be slightly stodgy, but I don’t mind!

      1. Hi Sukaina, I think it should be alright as long as you test the cake by doneness. I tend to use long loaf pans because they fit better in my bicycle paniers and I usually bring my cakes to my swimming club. Other than that, any shape is fine!

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