Passionfruit Curd Cake

by | Jul 26, 2013 | 24 comments

Passionfruit Curd Cake

Since posting a recipe for passionfruit butter yesterday, I realised a lot of people wanted to know why I called it butter and not curd. There are two reasons. The lemon curd and passionfruit curd concept is very new to me. I never grew up with it and did not experience it until a few years ago, well into my foodie shenanigans here in Australia. Curd in India was always a reference for yoghurt. My mind associates curd with yoghurt. Calling this beautiful tangy-sweet concoction “curd” just seemed wrong. So that was reason number one. Now picture this. Two little boys trying hard to evolve their tastes. They love butter and they love passionfruit. So Passionfruit Butter is exciting and tempting. Imagine their suspicious faces when I present it to them and call it Passionfruit Curd. Reason Number two.


Passionfruit Curd Cake

But I promise I will try to call it curd. Passionfruit Curd. So with a big supply of passionfruit curd on hand, one of the easiest and quickest ways to use a lot of it up was to bake a cake. I used my favourite butter cake recipe and adapted it to get a delightful tea-time treat. Look at that beautiful canary yellow colour. Doesn’t it make you happy?


Passionfruit Curd Cake

Passionfruit Curd Cake



A simple butter cake made with homemade passionfruit curd has a lovely tanginess from lemon zest and a gorgeous crunch from the passionfruit seeds. Perfect for afternoon tea dusted with icing sugar or an extra lashing of passionfruit curd.
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Course // Baking, Cake, Fruit
Cuisine // Australian


  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 125 g butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup passionfruit curd


  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line an 8 inch round cake tin with baking paper.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Mix to combine. Add eggs, milk, lemon zest and melted butter. Beat with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes until smooth and creamy. The cake batter at this stage will be quick dense and thick.
  • Spoon into prepared cake tin. Top with passionfruit curd and gently using a spoon, swirl and mix the curd in the batter until just mixed.
  • Bake in pre heated oven for approximately 50 minutes until golden and risen.
  • Allow to cool and serve warm with a dusting of icing sugar or extra lashings of the passionfruit curd.
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  1. Rosa

    Divine! That cake would not last long at my place…



  2. Kiran @

    You are so right about the word, “curd”. It definitely reference differently in the West. This cake is divine and delicious!

  3. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy

    My Grandma used to call lemon/passion fruit curd/butter – lemon/passion fruit cheese! I have no idea why..but that’s what I grew up calling it . I have had to change it when I talk to people about it so I didn’t bat an eyelash when I saw you had called it passion fruit butter. I need this cake in my life by the way – its a good thing I have a giant bowl of passion fruit sitting at home!

  4. Elizabeth@Thebackyardlemontree

    There seems to be something very Australian about our passion for passionfruit. Just the smell of it evokes all the late summer days of childhood for me. My favourite soft drink when I was a child was the passionfruit flavored Passiona and I was amazed to discover the other day they still make it. So this cake looks particularly delicious for me.

  5. Alison@liaisonwithalison

    Hahaha! Totally get your Reason #1.
    I was born and brought up in India, too, and “curd” = yoghurt. Like Little Miss Muffet who sat on her tuffet, eating her CURDS and whey…
    While I love the flavour of passionfruit, I’m not quite keen on the crunchy black pips.


    Don’t understand why people question calling it butter. Curd is an English thing. I am in my late 50s and have known it as butter all my life. So Sneh, feel free to call it butter any time you like.

  7. Sue Fogarty

    Gosh I am a 65 year old Aussie and all my recipe books of Australian origin call it butter, I notice that British recipes call it curd. Your cake looks yummy.

  8. Ash- foodfashionparty

    Looks DELISH!! I understand why you called it what you did. Funny kids are so receptive to a different name. My little one hates paneer and whenever I make it, I just call it chicken paneer and he gobbles it down:)..

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I’ve never tried passionfruit but your cake looks scrumptious!

  10. Vija

    Looks sensational. Thanks

  11. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    The cake looks amazing, although I confess I’d be more likely to eat the curd out of the jar with a spoon. Love the inclusion of lemon for tang, too.

  12. Prachi

    When I read about passion fruit butter the other day i felt i should wait for a while to try it.. due to my extra pounds and also as i haven’t tasted passion fruit as yet. But you ve done it again 😀 I cant wait to try this cake.. it looks yum.. fabulous recipe

  13. Karen @ Lemon Grove Cake Diaries

    Love the post, it doesn’t matter if it is called curd or butter it is yummy! Lovely cake I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  14. Erica Lea

    What a lovely cake! I have never tried passionfruit or seen it in our stores. I’ll have to snag one if I see it. 🙂 Reuben calls lemon curd pudding. Whatever works! 😀

  15. Thomas

    Apart from being an interesting recipe, I think that the pictures look amazing and highly professional. I pinned the pictures to let my friends know about this amazing site full with great recipes.

  16. Anne's Kitchen

    Hi Sneh,
    wow wow wow, what an amazing blog you have here! I just discovered your site through the Food & Wine Digital Awards (I’m also amongst the 12 recipients). So glad I found you here, I will definitely follow you now!
    Happy cooking & styling!

  17. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You

    Sneh: I am crazy over passion fruit! Your cake looks so divine that I’ll have to try it . And the pictures are beyond gorgeous. Pinned!

  18. Shibi Thomas @FlavzCorner

    Hi Sneh,

    Nice to meet you. You have an amazing blog !!!! The passionfruit cake looks perfect for tea time snack. I am pinning it for sure 🙂

  19. Regina

    I tried the recipe today and put lemon curd instead as that was what I had in the pantry. It’s yummy! I haven’t made a fluffy and unsunken cake for a while. It’s definitely a keeper 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the reciple.


  20. Deby

    I am making passionfruit bars here in Costa Rica for a friend, and I was checking out the recipes and this beautiful cake popped up, I have to make this one for me.

  21. Isabel

    I made this cake yesterday. DELICIOUS! Love the texture. In my oven, it took 40 min instead of 50.

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  22. Jeanette

    Hi. I live in south Africa. Received a bottle of granadilla curd and was clueless as how to use it. Searching the web I saw your recipe and an now dying to try it with granadilla colours.

  23. Jenny | The Baking Skillet

    This recipe is so amazing, I’ve tried it twice now, once with lemon curd and once just the plain cake. Both times I made it in cupcake form. It is definitely a keeper.


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