Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake

I’ve been thinking and dreaming chiffon cakes since my recent adventure with them. I want to make every flavour of chiffon cake under the sun. Chocolate, pandan, lemon, yam, mango, berries… I think I’m in too deep. I’ve fallen for them hard and fast. Dear me.

Finding a few wrinkly passion fruits in my fridge, it was only natural to try and stuff some into chiffon cake.  I think I’m brilliant sometimes until I realize it’s been done. Over 100,000 times. -_-” I still get credit for using up fruits at the back of my fridge in a desserty way, right?

This isn’t very much different from the banana one. There’s still the eggs-separating thing.
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Yolk + oil + fruit mixture.
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Yes, again I say, sieve the flour if possible. It makes the stirring in easier without clumps.. and also reduces deflation of air later in when your fold in the whites.
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I finally bought cream of tartar. Even though vinegar works too.
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And then it’s all about whipping air in.
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Recipes rarely call for stirring in a little meringue first but that really helps loosen up the batter and makes folding in the rest of the whites so much easier.
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Passion fruit smells amazing on their own… in a cake, though? So so good!
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I’m obsessed with how the seeds are scattered in every slice, adding a little crunch. So much more interesting this way. Some people strain them out but I really like them in.
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So fluffy… I can’t even. (sorry?)
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Trust me when I saw this cake will vanish in a blink. I only got one bite. Only ONE.
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But seeing people enjoy this makes it worth everything.
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And so, I’ll be baking yet another one this week. Expect to see chiffon cakes appear left, right and center. I can’t stop! Wanna guess what my next flavour will be?


“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” {Ephesians5:2}

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Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake
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Serves: 8-10 slices
  • 3 or 4 Passion Fruits
  • 2¼ cups Flour
  • 1½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Canola Oil
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • ¼ cup Water & more into passion fruit pulp if needed
  • ½ tsp Cream of Tartar
  1. Preheat an oven to 325F or 165°C.
  2. Scoop out pulp from passion fruits & stir vigorously to loosen it up. Top up with more water, if needed, to get ½ cups of fruit pulp.
  3. Have ready an ungreased 10-inch (25-cm) tube pan with a removable bottom.
  4. In a bowl, combine the oil, egg yolks & passion fruit pulp. Add the ¼ cup water & whisk until well mixed.
  5. Sift in the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder & salt. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the flour mixture until the batter is smooth.
  6. In a very clean bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites & cream of tartar on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  7. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold ⅓ of the whites into the batter until almost fully incorporated.
  8. Add the remaining whites & gently fold in just until combined. The batter should be smooth but foamy. Pour the batter evenly into the tube pan.
  9. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from the oven & invert the pan immediately onto a wire rack. Let the cake cool completely, upside down.
  10. Use a spatula to scrape the sides & inner tube to loosen the cake. Loosen the bottoms & transfer to a plate & serve!

Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma


  1. Chiffon cake is dreamy! I can’t believe that I still haven’t made one before! Yours is so nice and perfect! I especially love that the seeds can be seen throughout the cake.

    By the way, how is everything going with the house? Hope all is going smooth and you guys are settling down.

    • I haven’t made one in years too until very recently. Thanks for your sweet words. I remember being so stressed about making it the first time but this time around, I realized that it is actually really easy. Looking forward to seeing you try it 🙂

      We’ve settled in for 3 months now. Trying to get to a new kinda normal but it’s still a little weird. Haha. I’m sure you know what I mean. Took me a while to figure out the light switches and find my way around the house. We’re getting better at this house thing. How about you? I saw some pics on your blog and the place looks GOOD!


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