Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake {and a giveaway!}

 Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake  ::

This cake is inspired by one I ate on our travels. While we were in Malaysia, one of my lovely readers recommended we pop into China House, a cafe/restaurant/art complex in Penang’s George Town. She said the cake selection would be the best I’d have come across in Asia, and she wasn’t wrong! There was a heaving cake table (which I fully plan to replicate at our wedding!) covered with layer cakes, brownies, tarts, pies, bread and gateaux, as well as chiller cabinets full of more sweet treats. I was quite literally in food heaven.

 Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake  ::

It took me ages to choose which cake to have. In the end I decided chocolate was a bad call when it was over 30 degrees outside, so I went for the rather more refreshing and tropical coconut and passion fruit cake. Before I’d even finished my slice a note had gone into my phone to try and recreate the recipe at home. This is my version.

Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake  ::

I’ve altered the cake a little from the original, adding lashings of whipped coconut cream. I love whipped coconut cream at the moment, it whips up to a lovely fluffy lightness adding loads of moisture and flavour without the cloying heaviness of dairy cream. It feels rather less sinful too. The cake itself is light and tender, the desiccated coconut adds a lovely texture, a little bit of a bite.


Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake  ::

The passion fruit adds a beautiful tart, sharp sweetness. Pairing so well with the coconut cream. You could, if you wanted, mix the passion fruit seeds and juice with a little sugar to sweeten it, but I prefer the tart bite of the unsweetened fruit. I love the beautiful purple and yellow colours of the fruit, the juice is so vibrant and fresh and summery. This is the type of cake that makes you feel like you’re on holiday.

Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake  ::

Now, moving away from cake for a minute, If you’ve popped by the blog lately you might have noticed there have been a few changes around here! I decided it was finely time to sort out the style of my blog and to switch over to self hosting – eek! The design is by the lovely Melissa at Jelly Design Studio. As well as a fresh new look, you should find it easier now to find recipes with the shiny new recipe archive. Do let me know what you think!

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Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake  ::

To say thank you to all my lovely followers for your support and all your lovely comments, I’m hosting my very first giveaway!

Giveaway prizes //

I’m giving away all these lovely baking goodies and sweet treats.

One lucky winner will get;

– 3 delicious Lindt bars in Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Cheesecake and Cookies and Cream.

– A set of gorgeous Miri Miri mini cupcake cases.

– A set of heart shaped cookie cutters.

– Makers and Merchants ‘Hello Sailor’ Sea Salt chocolate.

– A dinky box of Prestat Marc de Champagne Pink Chocolate Truffles.

–  And finally, a jar pink sprinkles and mini marshmallows for cake decorating!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to see more of on scarletscorchdroppers, and follow the rafflecopter instructions.

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Good Luck!

Giveaway prizes //

Giveaway prizes //

ps – I know I’m lucky enough to have readers from all over the world, so this giveaway is open to everyone, I’ll post anywhere!

4.7 from 19 reviews
Coconut and Passion Fruit Cake
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Recipe type: cake
Serves: 1 cake, 8 slices
  • for the cake
  • 226g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 226g caster sugar
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • for the syrup
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • for the topping
  • 500ml coconut cream, chilled in the fridge
  • 2 or 3 passion fruit
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Grease and line 2 x 20cm round cake tins.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add in 2 of the eggs and half the flour, beat to combine. Repeat with the last 2 eggs and the rest of the flour.
  5. Stir through the coconut, then the dark rum.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly between the two cake tins. Put into the centre of the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cake is risen, golden, and firm to the touch. An inserted skewer should come out clean.
  7. Cool in the tins for about 10 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. While the cakes are cooling, make the rum syrup. Heat the 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons water and a tablespoon of rum in a small pan until the sugar has dissolved and the syrup is boiling. Leave to bubble away for about 3 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by about half. Pour over the bottoms of both cakes as they cool.
  9. To make the coconut cream, put the chilled coconut cream into a large bowl. Whip the cream with electric beaters for about 5 minutes, or until the coconut cream is thickened and forms stiff peaks.
  10. Spread a third of the cream onto one of the cakes, top with the second cake, then cover the cake with the rest of the cream. Slice open the passion fruit, and spoon the seeds and juice over the top of the cake.

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  1. Diana Gilbertson says:

    Hello! As a fellow chocolate/baking fiend, your blog is an inspiration! Your dark chocolate and cherry brownie recipe cannot be beaten, nor the chocolate orange cake! That being said, it’d be great to see more no bake traybake recipes – I once had an amazing cranberry, crunchie, fudgy tiffin type creation and have yet to find a recipe that comes anywhere near close to recreating it! Thank you for your ongoing collection of yummy stuff!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Diana. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog and the recipes 🙂 Those are two of my favourite recipes too! That tiffin recipe sounds incredible, I’ll have to have a go at making something like it. Hope you keep enjoying the recipes!
      Jennie x

  2. Jennie, coconut and passion fruit – this cake makes me swoon with delight… and run to the larder to start and bake still in my pj’s, cause I have everything for this wonderful cake at home. Yipee!

  3. I really like the new look. Self hosting is obviously a good move for you.
    I would like to see more cakes like this one that are a bit more unusual. I love chocolate cake but have so many variations on it so it’s great to see something that captures my attention just as much as chocolate does.

    By the way I have tried to click on the stars to rate the recipe but it won’t let me

    • Thanks Rosie! Chocolate is always the biggest lure for me, but i’m trying to branch out a bit and give you a little bit more variation.

      Hmm, not sure whats going on with the stars…. I’ll look into it.

      Jennie x

  4. Alison Aubury says:

    Just keep posting as I love all your recipes 🙂

  5. more ethnic food reciepes x

  6. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway. I would love to see a recipe for Southern Chocolate Dumplings. I can find chocolate gravy recipes, but not dumplings.

  7. I’d love to see many different cheesecake recipes, i love cheesecake 😀

    • Oooo, me too Kim! Its been a while since i’ve made a cheesecake, it must be about time for another one! Jennie x

  8. I would love to see more Nutella recipes! Nutella is my favourite ingredient to use 🙂

  9. Natalie Crossan says:

    Ooh red velvet cake would be nice 😀 xx

  10. Kiran Parry says:

    I would like to see more pudding recipes or gluten free recipes.

    • Thanks Kiran, I’m working on incorporating more gluten free baking into my recipes. Hopefully they’ll be more gf recipes soon 🙂 x

  11. tanya clarke says:

    low suagar recipes

  12. katie skeoch says:

    I’d love some light menu ideas for using spring vegetables

  13. lindsay chadburn says:


  14. emily omara says:

    love anything with lemon

  15. Totally tropical. Wouldn’t have thought of passion fruit as a topping… Or coconut cream as icing. Looking forward to making this recipe for my other half, he’ll love it!!

    • Thank you 🙂 Do let me know how it goes if you do get chance to make it. I love seeing when my recipes get baked! Jennie x

  16. This cake looks delicious! I may make it for myself for my birthday! If I do, I’ll take photos!

    As for what I’d like to see more of on your blog….it’s a hard choice because you put up all of these recipes that I’ve never heard of and that look delicious! But I guess I’d have to say cupcakes. Because I am addicted to cupcakes 🙂

    • Thanks Bec! I would love to see the pictures 🙂

      I do love cupcakes too, so hard to resist when they’re sitting in the tin!

      Jennie x

  17. Tracy Nixon says:

    I’d love to see some dinner recipes using less common meats, such as veal, ox tail, pheasant! Thank you!

  18. More recipes using almonds – very good for your health

  19. Filipa Alexandre says:

    I would like to see vegan recipes

  20. Natalie Parrinder says:

    I’d love to see layered cake recipes, like a 3 layered red velvet cake!

    • I really love making layer cakes so i’m sure there will be some coming up soon! Red velvet would be delicious 🙂 Jennie x

  21. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Recipes for cooking with kids would be good

    • Thanks for the suggest Ashleigh. I love baking with kids (when I was working as a teacher I did a lot of cooking with my students) so this is defiantly something I’ll look to do more of 🙂 x

  22. Stephanie Whitehouse says:

    Fat free cakes and baking – there has to be more than a whisked swiss roll

  23. Gluten free recipes.

  24. Kay Broomfield says:

    I’d like to see any really easy sweet bakes!

    • Thanks for your suggestion Kay, i’ll try and bring some lovely tasty easy bakes to the blog soon 🙂 x

  25. More French style dessert recipes

  26. Hi, I would love to see more recipes which are easy to make which I can get the children involved in as well. x

    • Thanks Sarah, I love baking with children so i’ll try and bring more delicious easy recipes to the blog 🙂 x

  27. Tracey Peach says:

    More of the same xxx

  28. rominy colville says:

    gluten free recipes please!

    • Thanks for your comment Rominy 🙂 I’m experimenting with more gluten free recipes at the moment 🙂 x

  29. Samantha Champion says:

    Maybe healthier alternatives.

    • Thanks for your comment Samantha, i’ll have a think about some potential healthier options. Today’s post is a lovely healthy one! 🙂 x

  30. I would love to see some more of your savoury bakes inspired by your travels- your recent char siu buns looked gorg!

  31. More “Frozen Treats”, please, even if it means buying a bigger freezer!

    • Haha, I love your dedication to frozen treats, Anne! As the weather warms up a bit i’m sure i’ll be planning some delicious frozen things 🙂 x

  32. Laura Kilby says:

    I’d love to see more brownie recipes

  33. jodie crossley says:

    would love to see some desserts using reeces peanut butter!

    • Thanks for your comment Jodie! Did you see my recent Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Crunch Bars? They’re really good! 🙂 x

  34. I love baking with my 2 little boys so we especially love all of your cupcake/sweetie recipes, more like this for us please!!! Some special Easter cupcakes would be good 🙂 xx

    • Thank you Gillian 🙂 I’ve got a few Easter ideas planned, including some cupcakes hopefully. I hope you and your little boys enjoy them! x

  35. Sarah Griffiths says:

    Simple recipes with only a few store cupboard ingredients to them that can be rustled up at the last minute for unexpected guests

  36. laura banks says:

    i like reading the cake recipies they give me ideas

  37. Stacey Tripconey says:

    Would love to see some celebration/special occasion cakes 🙂

    • Special occasion cakes are some of my favourite bakes to make Stacey. Hopefully i’ll be bringing you more really soon! x

  38. sarah birkett says:

    I love reading everything but some recipes for idiots would be good as well

  39. Victoria N says:

    I’d like to see some unusual cheesecake recipies – big cheesecake fans here!

    • I’ve got some cheesecakes in mind, Victoria. Hoping to bring them to you soon! Thank you for your comment 🙂 x

  40. I’d love to see your Mississippi mud! 🙂

  41. Sarah Pybus says:

    Some nice lighter spring type recipes 🙂

    • Lovely idea Sarah. As we’re finally starting to see a little bit of sunshine spring recipes would be lovely. I’m sure i’ll be posting quite a few over the next few months 🙂 x

  42. Sarah Lambert says:

    I would like to see more vintage style cakes

  43. Laura Costello says:

    I’m new to your blog, new to baking too so more cake recepies xx

  44. Clare Martin says:

    Chocolate recipes

  45. tiggerific1973 says:

    Some low carb recipes would be fab! 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment 🙂 I’ll have a look at low carb recipes, I’ve just posted a lovely one today you might like! x

  46. christine shelley says:

    Recipes with less ingredients – for us novices

  47. fozia Akhtar says:

    Healthier cakes

  48. Mainly keep doing what you are doing – your recipes are positively drool-worthy! Maybe some more lunch ideas, like different tear and share bread type recipes would be good too.

    • Thank you so much Rachael 🙂 Thats so kind of you to say. I adore tea and share breads so thats defiantly something on my list to have a play around with and see what I can come up with! x

  49. Would love something involving peanut butter please

    • I’m loving Peanut Butter recipes at the moment, I’m sure they’ll be more coming soon. Did you see last week’s Peanut Butter Crunch bars?

  50. I think you’re doing great how you are, and your pictures are especially yummy looking!

  51. Rena Plumridge says:

    Definitely like to see more healthy receipes

  52. Stephanie Tsang says:

    More recipes please!

    • Of course Stephanie 🙂 I love bringing you lots of yummy recipes. Thank you for commenting 🙂 x

  53. Zach Hudson says:

    Beginner cakes

  54. As I’m meant to be dieting I would love to see ways of making delicious but healthy cakes, if that is even possible!

  55. Simple cakes to make with children

  56. More cowbell! Oh wait, more avocado…

  57. Keshia Esgate says:

    Quick cakes

  58. More tropical cakes and treats would be amazing!

  59. cakes suitable for diabetics please

  60. vegan stuff!

  61. Lisa Pepper says:

    Quick and easy recipes that are easy to follow

  62. Emma Nixon says:

    Cakes and more cakes. That’s me happy… This looks lovely will have to give this a go..

  63. Michelle Emerson says:

    Hi Jennie, as you know, I LOVE your blog, and everything you post!
    Would love to see more bread/dough based posts, and everything I’ve baked of yours has worked a treat, and I need more confidence with my dough cooking!

    • Thank you so much Michelle 🙂 Your comment made me so happy! I’m so glad to hear you’ve had success with my recipes. I’ve made a note to try out some new bread recipes over the next couple of months! Bread is one of my real weaknesses so testing bread recipes is no hardship at all for me!

  64. Jo m welsh says:

    I like recipe reviews would may be nice to see a comparison of ingredients in the same recipes like supermarket brands to brand names and if there is a difference to making or tasting etc

    • That’s a really interesting idea Jo, thank you for sharing. I’m defiantly interested to see how different brands of ingredients help a bake. This would really help me make sure that my recipes turn out well every time for everyone too. I’ll look into this 🙂 x

  65. Always here for cake recipes — any cake recipes, and pictures of cakes :p

  66. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    Super quick healthy recipes that don’t use 101 ingredients would be fab

  67. I love your blog… Maybe some new recipes could be gluten free or possibly sugar free?
    Keep the recipes coming!

    • Thank you Katie 🙂 So glad to hear you’re enjoying my blog. Lots of people have mentioned gluten and sugar free so i’ll try and incorporate this into more of my recipes 🙂 x

  68. Some gluten free recipes would be good

  69. I’d like to see some tarts, of the food variety 🙂

  70. Gluten/wheat free recipes please

  71. Karen Barrett says:

    Recipes for baking with children

  72. I’d like to see simple healthy snacks that I can take on the go. Thanks!

  73. More budget recipe ideas/ baking with kids would be nice to see too

  74. Looks really yummy!
    Would love to see a post with top tips for beginners like myself. Any easy recipes for cheese cakes would be great! Thanks x

    • Great idea for a post, Sharon! I’ve made a note to do a post about basic baking tips! 🙂 I love cheese cakes too so i’ll be make a few more in the near future 🙂

  75. angela sandhu says:

    healthy recipes

  76. Dairy free recipes

  77. Recipes for cakes that are quick to back 😀

  78. mumtaz bibi says:

    I love your passion fruit recipe, I’ve never used that and will definitely try it.I’d love more flavour ideas on basic cake recipes to jazz them up!

  79. I’d like to see more Nutella recipes 🙂

  80. tin aholmes says:

    easy kids bakes, slow cooker recipes x

  81. Megan Bayford says:


    • Mmm, lemon drizzle is defiantly one of my favourites Megan. I’ve posted a delicious lemon drizzle recipe before, but its always a recipe that can tried again and again in different forms isn’t it! 🙂 x

  82. Sarah Parker says:

    chocolate ones 🙂

  83. i would love to see simple recipes that include the use of jelly

  84. Amanda Hattie says:

    Eggless cakes

  85. lyn burgess says:

    I’d like to see more savoury dishes, perhaps with herbs , as I am unsure about flavour pairings, and would welcome any suggestions.

  86. Jackie ONeill says:

    more pudding recipes with fruit in them

  87. More easy and quick recipes for unexpected guests 🙂

  88. love it all but maybe more simple ones to involve the kids x

  89. I would love to see more cake recipes! 🙂

  90. Healthy eating recipes

  91. i love the photography of your food! more tropical food treats!

  92. I’d like to see more cake recipes

  93. frances hopkins says:

    I’d love to see some old fashioned recipes

  94. leanne weir says:

    I love all your recipes

  95. Ema J Lowe says:

    some gluten free recipes

  96. Breads of all types

  97. Maria Jane Knight says:

    I would love to see traditional cakes with a twist!

  98. Mark Johnson says:

    Cooking with kids recipes

  99. Jemma Bond says:

    Carrot cake recipe would be great!

  100. Paula Phillips says:

    Something that is quick and easy to make with basic ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen.

  101. More budget recipes please

  102. More of what your doing 🙂

  103. jenna rothen says:

    low fat cakes

  104. Isabelle Smith says:

    healthy desserts x

  105. I would love to see some slow cooker recipes, maybe even sweet ones for pudding.
    Maybe great ideas for little ones, I get stuck sometimes and want to cook and bake amazing things for them

  106. Something minty.

  107. anything nutella and oreos. I would also like a fool proof and simple chocolate cake 🙂 xxx

    • My absolute favourites Kirstie! There are quite a few nutella and oreo recipes in the archives to prove it! I’m sure there will be more to come 🙂 x

  108. more Asian inspired adventures recipes

  109. gemma foster says:

    mug cakes

  110. Charmian Filewood says:

    Different sections, like 5min bakes ie mug cakes, 20 min bake etc so we can pick depending on how much time we have too

  111. Elizabeth Gurney says:

    Keep bringing the chocolate recipes thanks!

  112. Patricia Avery says:

    Low sugar and or low fat recipes, both sweet and savoury

  113. Red velvet cake!!


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