Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Passion Fruit Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

A few months ago I signed up with a secret shopper agency and what an exciting experience it has been so far. Recently I was phoned up by the company to take up a last minute assignment in a shop that specialises in kitchenware! On top of a set fee I was to be paid, I could also buy anything in the shop which fell under a certain amount and will be fully reimbursed! Paid to shop and get free kitchen equipment on top of it? Sounds like a dream assignment don’t you think.

While in the shop it took a lot of willpower to be sensible and pick out something practical yet fun. I got myself a professional piping set, something I have been eyeing for a few months, and a packet of passion fruit pulp only because I’ve been having intense cravings for passion fruit recently!

Yay new toys! :DSo me being me, I needed to test out my new toys as soon as I got home.
I knew cupcakes had to be made and that the passionfruit pulp needed to be tested out as well, so lo and behold, Passionfruit cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting came to mind! I have to admit this combination of flavours has been playing on my mind since reading about Pierre Herme’s Mogador macarons!

Passion fruit Cupcakes

Makes 9-10 cupcakes


30g butter, softened
110g castor sugar
2 eggs
150g self raising flour
60ml passionfruit pulp
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180’C and line the muffin pan. Beat butter and sugar until combined and fluffy. Add the eggs and flour and beat until the mixture turns pale.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract and passion fruit pulp. The passion fruit seeds give a nice crunchy texture to the cake.
  3. Fill each muffin liner up to two-thirds with cake batter and bake for 15-18 minutes.

Chocolate Frosting

Adapted from The Curvy Carrot

*I used one thirds of the original ingredients as the cake batter only yielded 10 cupcakes
75g milk chocolate + 75g dark chocolate
20g cocoa powder
2 tablespoons hot water
110g butter
20g icing sugar
Pinch of salt


There are three parts that make the frosting. 
  1. First melt the dark and milk chocolate using the bain-marie technique, or if you are lucky enough to own a microwave, whizz it in for a few seconds just until the chocolate starts to melt. Set aside and let it cool.
  2. Next, combine the cocoa and boiling water in a bowl to form a chocolate paste. Once the melted chocolate has cooled, beat the butter, icing sugar and salt on a medium heat until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed and add the melted chocolate. Finally mix in the chocolate paste until combined.
  3. Pipe on to cupcakes. The glossy texture of the frosting gives the cupcakes a professional look!


  1. Passion fruit is one of my all time favorite flavors and it goes wonderfully well with chocolate - these cupcakes are beautiful!

  2. Thank you :) I'm going through a passionfruit obsession at the moment and was so excited when they turned out as I hoped they would!

  3. I had come to your blog to check out your baklava, which looks wonderful, and saw these amazing cupcakes!!! The frosting drew me in. They look absolutely fabulous ans so professional. I must try this recipe, soon!!

  4. Thank you! The frosting was a charm to work with and tasted fantastic too :)

  5. oh Nish
    I would to sample a few of those beauties!! Now you got me hungry!

  6. Haha thanks for the compliment :)

  7. YUM! Passion fruit cupcakes?! Sounds divine! And seriously, getting paid to go shopping? Definite dream job!

  8. I can't believe how shiny your chocolate frosting looks. So awesome. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cupcakes up.

  9. Family Spice: Definite dream job :D

    Lisa: Thanks Lisa, and I've linked my post :) Such a brilliant concept you've got going on!

  10. Wow, totally yummy and pretty looking. You're tempting me to buy a piping set and have some more passionfruit. Haven't had it in years - shame on me!

    I'd love for you to link this and any other cupcake related post you have at the month long Cupcake Link Party!


  11. Cupcake perfection!


  12. These cupcakes nearly make me weak at the knees... and I don't really like cupcakes so that is saying a lot!!! Wow! I love everything about them, and your photos are simply beautiful. Nicely done!

  13. Great cupcakes! I love passionfruit and it would be amazing in a cupcake. I am really glad I found your blog via Kim at Liv Life.

  14. Wow!Your chocolate icing doesn't even look real it's so beautiful! I'm excited to try out the passionfruit as well, my husband loves it! Thanks for posting :)