Passionfruit Coconut Tea Cake

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Last Updated on March 15, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Passionfruit Coconut Tea Cake

Make your tea time special with the sweet tart flavor of passionfruit and dried cranberries.

Passionfruit Coconut Tea Cake

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This tropical flavored cake was inspired by a Donna Hay recipe, an Australian celebrity chef.

When I think tropical, the first ingredient that comes to mind for me is coconut. I remember visiting my grandmother’s birth place of Dominica and traveling through Carib Territory, where the Carib chief would get some of the workers to cut down some coconuts from the tree for us and we would drink the water and scrape out the soft coconut jelly, the best part!


The same experience brings back such wonderful memories when I think of the summer I spent in St. Lucia with my aunt and uncle when I was a teenager. The fresh coconut was the best part of the whole summer. That and the beach side stuffed crab backs is what St. Lucia means to me, despite the beautiful beaches and sailing excursions I took on that trip.

Donna Hay used orange juice to flavor the cake in the original recipe, however I didn’t have any orange juice, so instead used passionfruit juice. You can definitely tell my Caribbean heritage by me having passionfruit juice, but no o.j. in the house 🙂

This Passionfruit Coconut Tea Cake has such a bright flavor. The tart flavors of both passionfruit and the cranberries make this a well balanced tea cake, so it is not too sweet.

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This tea cake makes a delicious addition to your tea time or merienda snack time!

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This cake has a crusty exterior and a great crumb – perfect for dunking! Get your cup of tea or coffee ready and enjoy!

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Passionfruit Coconut Tea Cake

Passionfruit Coconut Tea Cake – This cake makes a delicious addition to any tea time or brunch meal. Passionfruit and dried cranberries add a great sweet tart flavor to this tea cake – making a great balance between sweet and tart.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: cake
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 272kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup passionfruit juice
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a loaf pan with non stick spray.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add sugar and stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, orange extract, oil and passionfruit juice. Add to sifted flour and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, toss the cranberries with the coconut.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in the cranberries and coconut until incorporated.
  • Transfer to prepared pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, until a tester inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before removing.


If you don’t have passionfruit juice, you can substitute with whatever fruit juice is in your pantry.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. We would just love your Passionfruit Coconut Tea Cake. I would love to have a slice with my afternoon tea, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. My husband is from Florida and he likes to tell our kids stories about how wonderful it is to crack open a coconut from the tree and drink the milk and eat the fruit… wonderful and a great idea to mix with passionfruit. Thanks for bringing this to foodie friday.

  3. Loved reading about your love for coconuts. I think you're very lucky to have passionfruit juice on hand! This looks like a lovely tropical-inspired loaf. I'd love to have some for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner!

  4. Yum! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

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