• Lara Flanagan

Passionfruit Cake

My lovely friend Linda gave me some passionfruit from her garden some time ago. It has been sitting in my freezer for months waiting for some passionfruit inspiration to come my way. Today the gallery, like most of town continued to be super quiet as a result of mandatory mask-wearing, lockdowns, and quarantine orders. I also could not warm up after a very frosty morning. Possibly because of the fact that I was cold, I started craving cake. It was the only reason I could think of as I am not a sweet person. If I am going to crave something it is generally savoury. I will crave pasta, pizza, hummus, garlic bread, hot chips, anything salty, I will crave it. So to be sitting there for most of the day craving cake was very strange. I was also craving a special kind of cake, a light, fluffy yellow or white cake with lashings of passionfruit icing.

The kids were most excited when I got home and told them I was going to make a cake. They were even more excited when I did not wait for the cake to cool down before I put some icing on it. The three of us had warm cake straight out of the oven, with oozy passionfruit icing. It was bliss.

This cake is super easy, using only one bowl and I hand mixed it so did not even get the mix master out. The icing was also made by hand then simply poured on top of the cake. I would probably recommend letting the cake cool before you put the icing on. Or simply serve dusted with icing sugar.

Light and fluffy passionfruit cake topped with icing sugar or passionfruit icing. Plant-based, egg, and dairy-free.

Passionfruit cake:

Passionfruit cake:


2 ½ cups self-raising flour

1 cup caster sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

¾ cup almond milk

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup water

170 gram passionfruit pulp

Line an 8-inch round cake tin with baking paper.

Preheat fan-forced oven to 180-degrees Celsius.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the centre.

Mix with a wooden spoon or whisk until combined.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Allow to cool on wire rack.

Passionfruit icing

80 gram passionfruit pulp

2 ½ cups icing sugar

Combine pulp and icing sugar to form a spreadable icing.

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