Passion Fruit Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with White Chocolate Frosting

Passion Fruit Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with White Chocolate Frosting

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I have to give credit where credit is due.  Jonathan came up with the idea for these passion fruit cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with white chocolate frosting.  I mentioned that I was trying to think of something different for Valentine’s Day this year and he said, “Passion fruit!”  I wasn’t sure about the idea at first – perhaps because I hadn’t thought of it (yeah, I’m like that sometimes).  But, the idea grew on me until I had to get into the kitchen and bake them.

The passion fruit cupcakes are unique and tropical and they express more than just a friendly, hand-holdy kind of love.

Passion Fruit Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with White Chocolate Frosting

Yield: 18 Cupcakes

Passion Fruit Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with White Chocolate Frosting

This Valentine’s Day, take a trip to the tropics with these passion fruit cupcakes made with frozen passion fruit pulp and coconut milk, paired with a white chocolate buttercream. When you arrive, you’ll be met with an incredibly moist, spongy cake packed with an intense passion fruit flavor. Before returning to reality, be sure to take time to savor each bite, noticing the comforting, mild sweetness of the white chocolate frosting. Bon Voyage!


    Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 7 ounces passion fruit pulp, room temperature (you can find frozen passion fruit pulp at international grocery stores)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Frosting Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, melted but cool enough to touch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


    Cupcake Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine coconut milk, passion fruit pulp, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Alternately add the flour mixture and the passion fruit mixture to the egg mixture, beating well after each addition.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
  9. Frosting Directions
  10. Whip butter in a large mixing bowl on high speed until light and fluffy, about three minutes.
  11. Mix in melted chocolate and salt.
  12. Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time until fully incorporated.
  13. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

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12 comments on “Passion Fruit Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with White Chocolate Frosting”

  1. Tug's Girl says:

    I love your recipes! I just wish I had easier access to some of the ingredients you use. There are so many (such as this one) that I’d love to try, but would have to mail order ingredients to do so.

  2. Stef says:

    Tug’s – I know. I am so fortunate to have a fantastic international grocery store near my house. But, I know that not everyone is so lucky. I’ve had to mail order some items from time-to-time myself. Sometimes it’s not a big deal. It can even be cheaper than in the store and sometimes you can get free shipping. But, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

  3. Jo-Lyn says:

    Yum! I would have to mail order some of this stuff too, though. And I cannot afford to do so most of the time… =(

  4. Evelyn says:

    These sound delightful! Also, I LOVE your cupcake liners. Where did you get them?

  5. Jessica says:

    Will the frosting work with white chocolate chips? Or is white baking chocolate required?

  6. michael says:

    love passion fruit every day of the eyer but on valentine’s day it is a must for me :) loved your cupcakes!

  7. Mai says:

    In my country I can find fresh passion fruit easily, but it’s such a kind of fruit that is full of seeds. To remove all its seeds is not an easy job, so I think you’re really fortunate to have frozen passion fruit pulp in a grocery near you.

  8. Stef says:

    Jessica – White chocolate chips would work fine too.

  9. Jenna says:

    How pretty and precious these are!! If I had more time tonight, I’m sure I would be brave enough to venture into the kitchen for something this wonderful. :) And I love the presentation!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I just finished making this cupcakes. I was so excited because the batter tasted delicious, however I don´t know what went wrong because as I was trying to fill the cupcake liners the mix started to curdle… still put it in the oven and after 20 mins they have barely rised…
    Texture was weird, taste was great… please tell me what what could have happened? HELP!

  11. Hi!!! Incredible recipe. Is it as delightfull as i think?? … Kisses. Love your blog!

  12. Nathaly Totoya says:


    I just made the cupcakes, although they taste delish it is not what I expected… the batter sticks to the paper and they are super dense, they did not rise. Can I use half cup coconut milk and half cup of cream and or reduce the eggs and or add baking powder?

    Any help you can provide is appreciate it.

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