Thursday, March 19, 2009

Passion Fruit Yogurt Pound Cake

Have you tasted Passion Fruit before? If you have, I'm sure you know it's really sour to eat on its own. But it has this really great aroma that it's quite unique. I remembered the first time I tasted passion fruit was in Hawaii, like 6 years ago. It did not give me a deep impression at all, such little juice and so tart in taste. It's just that it has this strong fragrant and aromatic scent.

My husband and I happened to see passion fruits on sale in the wet market a couple weeks back. We bought half a dozen back home, trying to recapture the taste experience we had before. As expected, our face went all shrivel up from the sourness of the fruit, haha! And so I thought why not make use of this wonderful aroma from this unique fruit and make it into a desert that everyone can enjoy.
Note that passion fruit need to be ripe before you can use it, meaning it's exterior is all wrinkle like a prune, then you are sure the fruit is good to go. ;) I let mine seat for almost 2 weeks before it was fully ripen.
And so, I went through my pantry and decided to make a passion fruit yogurt pound cake.

Ingredients for Passion Fruit Yogurt Pound Cake:
150g plain flour
160g caster sugar
½tsp baking powder
110g unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs

70g of plain yogurt
Juice of 4 passion fruits (about 4 tbsp)
pinch of salt

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter and line a loaf tin with parchment paper and butter it again. (I used a 7" by 3.5" loaf tin )
  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together till light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time till well mixed in.
  • Add in yogurt and stir till incorporated. Then add in the passion fruit juice and mix well.
  • Add in flour, baking powder and salt and stir till just blend in.
  • Pour the cake batter into the loaf tin and bake for 40 to 45 mins or till the cake tester comes out clean.
  • Cool on rack before slicing.
When the cake was almost done, the nice aroma that filled the whole house was "intoxicating," so nice!
The cake turned out very soft and light, not dense like the usual pound cake. It's sweet but not overly sweet and a hint of citrus from the passion fruit at the back. Overall I can say I'm very satisfied with this cake recipe. Might even try it with other citrus fruit next time, like lemon or grapefruit. If you worry there is a pungent scent or sourness from the fruit, it's not at daughter has taste tested it and she loves it!

A close look at the cake, you can see the "fine grain"...not thick and dense. I think the taste will mellow out tomorrow, so the passion fruit scent might be even stronger and better! So good with a cup of tea...yum-O! Try it and let me know what you think. ;)


Kitchen Corner said...

Hey.. this pound cake looks delicious. It looks like quite rich. I've tried to use passion fruit in my cake yet. Must give it a try. Thanks for sharing, cheers!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Heehee, actually compared to the blueberry cream cheese pound cake, this is the healthier choice. ;)It's very fragrant cake, taste even better the next day. Try and let me know how u like it!

In a CakeBox said...

I tried your recipe for my birthday cake yesterday, and it taste wonderful! Tks for sharing the recipe. Btw, think you miss out the baking powder in your recipe ;p

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi bakingoncloud9,
Glad you like this recipe, I love it too! And thanks for spotting the miss out..already update it. ;)Care to share your birthday cake picture?

Angiekyl said...

Sure this cake looks like a winner to me. Would bake it . Thanks for the recipe. Do visit my blog.

quizzine said...

Hi Honey Bee Sweets,
U can go to my blog, i've posted the birthday cake. My pictures look kinda messy ;-P

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Angiekyl,
Go ahead and try out this cake and let me know how you like it. :)

Hi quizzine,
Nice idea, cake in a flower pot!
Thank goodness you and your boy met the lorry driver, it's hard to have kind people to come by like this.;)
Happy Belated birthday!

Unknown said...

absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! my new favourite :D :D

Anonymous said...

absolutely amazing cake! its def my new favourite!!!! thankyou

Anonymous said...

Hello honeybeesweets,
I came upon here from your Instagram link.
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe of yours. I love passion fruit sooo soo much! And I prefer fruity cakes With citrus, strawberry, mango, than chocolates cake so you must imagine how happy I was when this pound cake recipe only require a few ingredients AND passion fruit, and it's so simple even a noob like me can make it. The yoghurt is such a interesting touch! I never knew yoghurt can be use in cakes!
I swear I am totally not a baking person, I only made three cakes in my life and they are dry/too sweet/dense/hard as rock. I have no idea why.

So I tried to make this, OMG, it's true, the smell frm the cake when it's baking is indeed intoxicating. I felt As if have a passion fruit air freshener in the kitchen. I keep praying this cake will taste as gd as it smells. I can't wait!
Finally it's done. After letting the cake rest, I cut it and it's so beautiful. How did it turn out so soft and light!!!???

Thank you, tthank you for sharing this amazing recipe even a noob like me can do it! I'm so happy!!!
I will definitely bake this cake again!!!!

Only one thing is I think it's a bit too sweet, can I reduce the sugar, will anything happen if I reduce it?? )):

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Anonymous,

Of course you can reduce the sugar. As passionfruit is a rather tart fruit, thus I want to make sure I cater for most tastebuds. But yes, feel free to reduce the sugar to your liking.

And glad that the cake turned out good for you. :) Happy baking!

Anonymous said...

Is it ok
To substitute milk for yogurt

Anonymous said...

Hi can I replace milk for yoghurt

Honey Bee Sweets said...

If you replace any main ingredient, please remember that the texture of the cake will differ.