Passion Fruit Cupcakes with Marscapone Frosting | Gina Chong
Was especially excited for my shipment from Melissa's this time. If you don't know about them, they are a company that sends produce right to your doorstep. I've had a great experience with them and gotten some top-notch quality fruit, especially ones that I don't know where to find anywhere else.

This time I picked out one favorite item, and one that I've never tried before. Passion fruit is one of my favs, I love tart/sweet desserts so I knew I could make something delish out of those. My other item was cactus pears. A buddy messaged me one day with a random thought she had: that I should try making something with cactus pears on my blog sometime. I had no idea where to find them and didn't really want to spend the time calling every grocery store in the area, so when I saw them on Melissa's I jumped at the chance to try them out. Stay tuned for a recipe, should be coming next week.

These cupcakes turned out just as good as I hoped, and I actually ate one for breakfast this morning (whoops!). I made them with my favorite white cake recipe, and adapted my favorite lemon cream recipe to make the passion fruit filling. So yum. And the flowers are edible!

*Thanks to Melissa's for always providing the best produce!
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Passion Fruit Cupcakes with Marscapone Frosting
Makes about 18 cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Passion Fruit Cream:
  • 8 passion fruits (should get about 2/3 cup juice)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz. marscapone, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Grand Marnier (opt.)


Preheat oven to 350F.
Line your muffin pan with cupcake liners.

For the cake:

Beat together the oil and butter. Pour in the sugar in two additions, then add the eggs one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In another small bowl, whisk together the milk, buttermilk and vanilla.

While continuing to beat the batter, alternate between adding in the flour mixture and the milk mixture. Begin and end with the flour.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely.

For the Filling:

Prep passion fruits by cutting in half and scooping out the pulp. Place pulp in a food processor and pulse a few times to separate the seeds from the pulp. Strain out the seeds and discard.

Fill a sauce pan with 1-2 inches of water and place over medium heat, bringing it to a simmer.
Combine the passion fruit juice, eggs, egg yolk, sugar and salt in a heat-proof bowl and set on top of your simmering pot of water. Whisk continuously until thick, about 10 minutes (should read at 180F and whisk should leave a trail). Set aside to cool to about 140F. 

Pour the passion fruit mixture back into your food processor and set it to blend on low. With the processor running, add your butter one tablespoon at a time, waiting to incorporate each before adding the next. Pour the cream into a clean bowl, cover with cling wrap, and set aside in the fridge. 

For the Frosting:

Pour heavy cream into a clean bowl and beat. One it starts getting thick, gradually add your sugar until incorporated. Beat until soft peaks. Add your marscapone and Grand Marnier, and beat until stiff peaks. 

To Assemble: 

Use a paring knife and small spoon to cut a hole in the middle of each cupcake. Fill with passion fruit cream. Pipe marscapone frosting on top and enjoy.

Cake recipe adapted from HERE. Cream adapted from Tartine's.
passionfruit cupcake filling cream curd


  1. These are beautiful and look delicious too! I've never had cactus pears OR passion fruit but I bet this would be quite a way to try both! I love the assembly pictures at the end too!

    1. Thanks Shea! I've tried the pears now and they're pretty good, but passion fruit is one of my favs!

  2. These cupcakes are absolutely stunning. . .almost too pretty to eat . . .but you had one for breakfast! Gasp! RIP sweet cupcake. :-)

    And can we talk about that passionfruit filling because I love, love, love passionfruit but haven't had it since I left Nairobi. My local Whole Foods never seems to carry it (sad face). What's a girl to do when she needs these cuppies in my life? I'm going to have to check out Melissa's.

    1. That's too bad even your Whole Foods doesn't have it! I guess I am blessed being on the West coast because I saw it at mine. But yeah, that is definitely what Melissa's is good for.

  3. These cupcakes look amazing! I'm drooling over here!


    1. Me too! So, so yummy! And they look absolutely fantastic, Gina! Well done! I have to try your recipe out for the birthday of my father in law! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing, dear!


    2. Thanks guys! And your father'in-law's birthday must be near my hubby's, that is coming up too!

  4. I absolutely love passionfruit in desserts and these cupcakes look so good! I would have them breakfast too haha love the presentation of them as well, you're so creative Gina! :) xx

    1. Oh me too! I can't resist any dessert that has passionfruit in it. Thanks Naeun!

  5. Adorable!

  6. That looks sooooooo delicious, another recipe I have to try from you :)

    xx Alexa

  7. These are so gorgeous and they sound delicious! I am always envious of your mad baking skills! :) Are cactus pears part of the prickly pear cactus? When we did an alternative break in college we went to NM for a week. We had the best thing EVER called prickly pear lemonade. It was so good. It was bright pink, so pretty and yummy. Excited to hear what you end up making. ;) XO - Alexandra

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    1. Yes that's exactly what it is! And I was planning on making a drink out of them too! Like a mocktail, but I just might make lemonade!

  8. Oh wow so yummy.
    I love to make mine too
    Thanks for sharing

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  9. Okay, these look incredible!!! You are so talented!
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  10. Hahaha I would totally eat these for breakfast too! Seems like a perfectly good idea to me....
    I love the flowers on the top!

  11. Oh my goodness, this post is so incredible! I've always loved pansies, ever since I was a little girl. I actually read a cute little short story called, 'Bake Sale' where they made iced flower petals, it was such a cute book, you might like it!

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    1. Yeah I have seen those before, they are really pretty! I've also seen them done in popsicles, I guess they make everything better! Thanks for the recommend!

  12. These look so delish!

    My sweettooth is going into hyper-drive right now!


  13. The designs of those cupcakes are quite elegant. It really looks so delicious.

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  14. yummy!
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  15. Love!!!

  16. Oh, what a beauty! Your photos and these cupcakes are so amazing. You have to open your own flowers' cafe with such a cuties! I'd love to prepare such cakes someday! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  17. cutie cupcakes dear :)

  18. These look too pretty to eat! Beautiful :)


  19. the idea with the flowers on the top is soooo lovely :) I would love to eat them :)

  20. Ahhhhh these look amazing, totally going to pin and make them soon!

  21. Amazing post dear!

  22. These looks almost too pretty to eat! Thanks for sharing!


  23. What gorgeous cupcakes! Love the passion fruit flavor, that is a great one :D

    1. Such beautiful and lovely cupcake! Really into the flowers. What flowers did you use actually??

    2. Hi, thank you! So they are edible flowers that they sell at Whole Foods here. These were mostly pansies I believe. You should be able to use any edible organic flower that hasn't been treated with chemicals, etc.


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