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March 18 2021

Passionfruit and yoghurt cupcakes

For great tasting cupcakes, passionfruit wins. The tangy, tropical taste of passionfruit is complimentary with creamy yoghurt and crème fraiche icing.

Passionfruit and yogurt cupcake recipe by Twisted Citrus

Passionfruit and yogurt cupcakes

3-4 passionfruit 
1 cup Greek-style yoghurt
125g butter, softened
1 tsp finely grated lime rind
220g caster sugar
3 eggs, separated
300g self-raising flour, sifted

250g crème fraiche
250g cream cheese
1 cup sifted icing sugar
2 Tbsp passionfruit or lemon curd

110g caster sugar
wide strip of lime rind
2 passionfruit, pulp of 


Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare 12 hole muffin case tin with paper or silicon cupcake cases. 

Strain the pulp of the first passionfruit through a fine sieve. Reserve the juice. Mix ¼ cup passionfruit juice with the Greek yoghurt.

Beat the butter, lime rind and sugar, using an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each.   Add half the sifted flour and half the combined passionfruit juice and yoghurt in two batches, beating until just combined.

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, using an electric mixer. Fold egg whites into yoghurt mixture in two batches.  

Spoon mixture into cupcake cases, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 150°C for 25 minutes or until a skewer withdraws clean.  Stand cupcake in tin for 5 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool. (Makes 24)

To make the icing, blend together the crème fraiche, cream cheese, icing sugar and passionfruit (or lemon) curd. Mix until sugar has dissolved and well combined. Leave to chill in fridge until ready to use. For passionfruit syrup, place sugar, lime rind and half cup water in a saucepan, bring to the boil over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves, add passionfruit pulp and simmer for 6-8 minutes, skimming frequently, then remove lime rind. Pour hot syrup over cooled cupcakes.

Ice the cupcakes with the crème fraiche icing when cooled. For extra flavour, spoon over a little fresh passionfruit pulp.


One mouthful of the deep golden goodness stashed inside our premium purple passionfruit and you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise.... (in your mind at least.)

The trademark wrinkle of the skin hints at the full flavour sensation that’s about to be released. All you need to do is cut, scoop, enjoy.

As well as being delicious, passionfruit are rich in fibre, antioxidants,vitamins C and A, and so much more.

Enjoy on top of yogurt, drizzled over a decadent cheesecake, or for some tropical vacation vibes - try a passionfruit cocktail.

Passionfruit store well for at least a week at room temperature and for several weeks in the fridge.


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