Passion Oh Passion!

The month of March is certainly a month of celebrations for me. Because it is a month that is filled with birthdays… And not just one, or two… but SIX birthdays of my closest friends all jammed packed into just one week of March! These wonderful people have shown me much love and comradeship over the years, for which I am always grateful for. And though I may not be able to physically celebrate each and every one of their birthdays with them, they are indeed not forgotten!

Coincidentally, I happened to stumble upon fresh passion fruits at Cold Storage early this week. Being a huge fan of passion fruit, I just couldn’t resist snapping them up, especially since they’re really hard to come by here in Penang.

And so I pay tribute to my wonderful friends (you gals know who you are… :P) with these delectable Passion fruit Cupcakeswith a sincere wish that your lives are always filled with joy and passion!

Passionfruit Cupcakes with Passionfruit Cream Cheese Frosting (adapted from a recipe by Julie Le Clerc, from Mabel Tan’s Blog)

For the Cupcake (Supposed to yield 12, but I got 10 cupcakes using 3.25oz Solo Cups)


75g butter

100g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 small eggs

Passion fruit pulp from 2 fruits (about 1/4 cup)

130g self raising flour


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

2. Beat butter and sugar until the color lightens (pale) and creamy. Add in vanilla essence and beat slightly just to incorporate.

3. Gradually add 1 egg and beat to incorporate, followed by 1 tbs of  self raising flour and just mix lightly. Add the other egg and beat to incorporate.

4. Fold in remaining flour gradually. Do not over beat.

5. Stir in passion fruit pulp and mix lightly just til incorporated.

6. Spoon the batter into cupcake cases til about half full. Bake in oven for about 15-20minutes. Check with the skewer test (cupcake is cooked when the skewer inserted into the cupcake comes out clean)

7. Leave to cool completely before icing with passion fruit cream cheese frosting.

Passion fruit Cream Cheese Frosting


80g cream cheese (softened)

30g butter (softened)

120g icing sugar (sifted)

Pulp of 1 passion fruit (original recipe calls for 2 fruits, but I found that adding 1 fruit already made the icing runny)


1. Place the cream cheese and butter into a mixing bowl and cream until creamy. Add in the icing sugar in 2-3 additions, mixing til thoroughly combined. But don’t overbeat the frosting.

2. Stir in the passion fruit pulp.

3. Swirl the frosting onto cupcake. Enjoy!

Note: This frosting is not stiff enough to pipe. It’s quite runny so just swirl onto the cooled cupcake. You can spoon some fresh passion fruit pulp onto the top of the cupcake to decorate, or just decorate with some pretty sprinkles! 🙂

Eat. With passion. Live. With Passion.


    1. i got them from Cold Storage Gurney Plaza early this week. 4 for RM9.99! not cheap! but i just had to get them! 🙂

  1. A tip: If you like the fruit, save some of the ripe seeds and sow them in your garden. They might take awhile to come up but they are really easy to grow. And before you know it, you’ll have a wonderful passion fruit creeper bearing beautiful flowers and delicious fruits for free! I’ve some seedlings growing from the passion fruits I bought at the night market. Can’t wait for them to grow up!

    PS: passion fruits are tropical fruits and well suited to our climate.

    1. thanks so much for this tip megan!! i never thought of growing my own passion fruit! will definitely try this the next time i encounter passion fruits!! 🙂

    1. hi ooi, i think the fruit is not always available here. i got lucky and saw them at cold storage. but sometimes the fruit sellers at the market may have them too. im also trying to find a more regular source of this fruit!

  2. Just the recipe that i have been looking for where did you get those cupcakes cases? I have been looking for them everywhere and yet to find them in the uk.

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