Passion Fruit Pound Cake

Posted on by on May 9th, 2012 | 48 Comments Β»

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s times like these being so far away from home is hard. It has been close to 2 years since I boarded a plane with a one way ticket from NY to Israel to begin a new married life half way around the world. I have only been back to the states one time since then when I surprised my mom for her birthday and now I count the days until I visit again this summer.

My mom and I have always been close. Very close. She was and is always the first person I go to with good news and bad news, secrets, gossip and advice. She is an incredibly strong and passionate woman who has taught me so much.

She always pushed me to go beyond what I thought I could do and stood behind me through each success and failure. She is my biggest cheerleader and supporter. We have laughed until we cried, fought like cats and dogs, taught each other, created and dreamed. And, now with my own little girl on the way, I appreciate her even more than words can say.

Its hard for a girl to be so far away from her mom during pregnancy, especially a first pregnancy. And, though our daily ritual of talking on the Β phone everyday on her way to work, texting questions and photos back and forth of cute little baby clothes we see, helps us to feel not so far away, it would still be better to climb into her bed and have her play with my hair as we talk, just like when I was a little girl.

She always knows how to make me laugh, make me mad, drive me crazy, inspire me and calm me. She’s the absolute best friend a girl could ask for.

So, this Mother’s Day I will reflect on the past 30 years of my life with a smile, thinking about all the amazing memories we have created and knowing how much my mom did for me and how much she loves and cherishes me. I will think about all the lessons she has taught me and all the lessons I am still learning from her. I can only hope to have a relationship with my daughter like the one we share. And, I cannot wait to see her as a Grandma!

For my family, Mother’s Day was a time to spend together laughing, talking and of course eating. My love of good food and cooking came from somewhere after all! This cake is dedicated to my mom and hopefully she can enjoy it virtually πŸ™‚

This recipe is based off a pound cake recipe found in an old Gourmet Magazine from 1995. They called it, Elvis Presley’s Favorite Pound Cake.Β If it really was his favorite pound cake or not I don’t know. But, it is mine. It is super indulgent and tender. In my version I have cut back on some of the sugar (the original recipe calls for 3 cups!) I also added fresh passion fruit to the batter which gives it a beautiful tartness that compliments the richness of the cake. Serve it as I did with homemade passion fruit whipped cream and fresh passion fruit drizzled on top or by itself with a little powdered sugar dusted on top for garnish. Anyway you eat it, it is a perfect cake to share with your mom this mothers day.


2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sifted flour, plus additional for dusting
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
7 large eggs, at room temperature
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup heavy cream
Pulp from 5 passion fruits, plus more for garnish


Generously grease a 10 inch bundt Β pan and dust with flour, set aside.
Sift together flour and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 7 minutes.
Add eggs 1 at a time, to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition.
Beat in vanilla and reduce speed of mixer to low.
Add half of flour, then cream, then remaining flour, mixing well after each addition.
Scrape down side of bowl, then beat at medium-high speed 6 minutes.
Carefully fold in passion fruit pulp until fully incorporated.
At this point the batter will become creamy and satin like.
Spoon the batter into prepared bundt pan and tap pan against work surface to eliminate air bubbles.
Place the bundt pan in the oven and turn temperature to 350F.
Bake until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for about 30 minutes.
Run a thin knife around inner and outer edges of cake and invert rack over pan and invert cake onto rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, serve cake with homemade passion fruit whipped cream and garnish top with fresh passion fruit.

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  1. Posted on: 5-9-2012

    Excellent post with touching story and delicious creative recipe…great! Best, Sherry

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Thanks so much!

  2. mom
    Posted on: 5-9-2012

    Reading what you wrote touched my heart in a very special way. I have missed you more then words can express. Thanks to modern technology I can look forward to our little conversations every morning on my way to work. I can make believe that you are around the corner rather then half way around the world. Being a mother is the most amazing and wonderful thing in the world. There is a very special unspoken bond that mother’s and daughters share. Now that you are going to be a mommy you will experience this first hand. I am so proud of you and I hope your daughter gives you as much pleasure and happiness as you have and continue to give to me. Thank you for the best Mother’s Day gift ever (becoming a grandma!) along with this tribute and the most delicious and beautiful cake. I think I virtually ate too much of it! Can’t wait to give you a great big hug this summer and hold you in my arms and play with your hair…
    I love you always-Mom

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Love you mom! Can’t wait till the summer!!

  3. Posted on: 5-10-2012

    aww……such a sweet post!mom’s are truely the best…..this is an amazing cake…..take care:)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Thanks! Moms really are the best!

  4. Posted on: 5-10-2012

    It’s probably MY pregnancy hormones kicking in here, but this post made me cry several times. Oh, you are in for such an amazing treat! There is nothing in the world like holding your new born daughter and watching her grow. My mom and I became very close after my daughter was born, and I cherish that relationship so much…She is across the country on the other coast, so I definitely know how hard that distance can be. I am glad you get to see her this summer. When are you due? I can’t seem to remember. I hope your mom gets lots of time with that precious child!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      I cried when I wrote it too and again when I re read it and at my moms comment! Damn pregnancy hormones! It’s definitely hard being so far away from your mom during the pregnancy! I’m due oct 1! I’m at the half way point today. I can’t believe how fast it’s all going! Hope you’re feeling great!

  5. Posted on: 5-10-2012

    This is such a beautiful post! Mums are a girls best friend πŸ™‚
    What a stunning cake to honour her my friend πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Thank! Moms truly are a girls best friend. Whatever would we do without them? πŸ™‚

  6. Posted on: 5-10-2012

    This is really a wonderful tribute to your mom. The special bond I have with my mother will always be cherished and I feel lucky to have had her support all these years. Also, your passion fruit cake does look fantastic. it is a perfect choice for mothers day. Elegant and very unique. Have a great day!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Thanks Tina! It was easy writing this post for my mom, she’s the best. There is nothing quiet like that mother daughter bond is there? This cake is definitely a perfect treat to share on mothers day. I’ll have to make it again when I get to NY this summer!

  7. Posted on: 5-10-2012

    I realised that my mum may not have been the perfect person but she is surely there for me all the way. Beautiful cake for the wonderful occasion and salute to all mum all over the world.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Thanks Nava! No ones mom is perfect but you can’t ask for anything more then that unconditional support from them through everything!

  8. Posted on: 5-10-2012

    I enjoyed your touching tribute to your mom. I can wholeheartedly say being a mom is the best – the joy my sons have given me is immense. As I’m sure you know, you have a world of delight ahead of you as you become a parent! Thank you for sharing such a gorgeous cake, too – I’ve been obsessed with passion fruit since coming home from Australia and will definitely be baking your cake.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Thanks Hannah! I cannot wait to experience all that motherhood has to offer! I already feel such a string bind with my baby and she won’t be here until Oct!
      Passion fruit is a favorite of mine and I became obsessed with it when I moved to Israel. It’s so plentiful here come end of summer. I even have a passion fruit vibe growing along my fence!! Hope you enjoy this cake.
      Happy Mothers Day to you!

  9. Posted on: 5-11-2012

    Passionfruit is one of those things that I only seem to eat when I travel. Why????? When I could make this lovely cake! And lovely tribute to your momma!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Passion fruit is the best! I’m sure you can cook up something super creative wit it too! Plus, if you eat it at home it can remind you of your travels πŸ™‚

  10. Posted on: 5-11-2012

    oh this pound cake is just beautiful! very impressive!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      Thank you! I think those little golden passion fruit seeds can make anything beautiful!

  11. Posted on: 5-12-2012

    This is my favorite pound cake recipe, too!!! I loved how you made this so elegant with the passion fruit whipped cream. Such a neat tribute to your mom…happy Mother’s Day to you!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-13-2012

      You have made this?! Isn’t it the best? So rich and decadent. Next time you must try it with some passion fruit in the batter, or any fruit really. It takes it to a whole other level of deliciousness!

  12. Posted on: 5-14-2012

    I like the passion fruit on the cake as an accent , it is like a yellow tears =)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-14-2012

      Thanks Raquel! You’re right, they do look like golden tears!!

  13. Posted on: 5-14-2012

    Such a lovely post and gorgeous cake! My mom tried passion fruit for the first time this year and shocked us all when she loved it! Can’t wait to show her this recipe.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-14-2012

      Thanks so much Sarah! I hope you do show this to your mom. She will love it if she had a new found love for passion fruit! When I first tried it and fell in love I wanted to eat it with everything!!

  14. Posted on: 5-15-2012

    What a very sweet post for your mom! You made another beautiful cake with passion fruit! It looks beautiful!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-16-2012

      Thanks Nami!! I do really love adding passion fruit to everything!!

  15. Posted on: 5-15-2012

    What a fabulous recipe, this looks absolutely delicious!! πŸ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-16-2012

      Thanks Kelly!! You can never go wring with a delicious pound cake!

  16. Posted on: 5-15-2012

    Beth Michelle, what an incredible post. Mom’s are the BEST!!! I love your cake.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-16-2012

      Aw thanks Shari! Moms really are the best! They are like our very own super heros!

  17. Posted on: 5-15-2012

    What a wonderful cake. I will bet it was very flavorful. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-16-2012

      The passion fruit definitely adds another layer of flavor to this cake. It’s so good!! And, it would be pretty delicious on its own as well.

  18. Posted on: 5-16-2012

    Oh, this is the sweetest post!! What a beautiful cake too! I’m so excited for you! So glad you get to see your mommy this summer!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-16-2012

      Thanks Stephanie! I think everyday I get more and more excited πŸ™‚ I cannot wait to see my mom this summer and have her rub my baby bump!!

  19. Posted on: 5-16-2012

    awwww! This is just the sweetest post! Why? First of all, your sweet cake looks just so perfectly scrumptious!! I’m a huge pound cake fan and this is definitely up my alley! Secondly, you make me wanna cry!!! It’s so great that you and your mom have such a close relationship! It’s just the SWEETEST thing anyone can ever ask for!! And yeah, it’s tough being away from your mom.. I can totally understand that feeling πŸ™ But now, you’re on the way to being a mum yourself, a great one too! πŸ™‚ I’m excited for you and can’t wait to see your baby’s pictures!! πŸ˜€

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-16-2012

      Thanks do much Sammie! It really is the greatest thing you can ask for, having a close relationship with your mom. And, though it’s hard being so far away I know it just takes a phone call when I need her! Don’t worry, there will be plentyyyy of photos of my little one!

  20. Posted on: 5-16-2012

    What a sweet post, Beth! And an incredibly delicious cake too! Glad you got to meet your mom this summer! xx

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-16-2012

      Thank you! It’s easy writing sweet things about my mom πŸ™‚

  21. Posted on: 5-18-2012

    What a beautiful and special relationship you have with your Mom and a belated congratulations to you and your family on expecting your first child. I’m sure you will have that beautiful bond with your daughter too!

    I rarely come upon passion fruit in the markets here. I’m going to take special notice from here on because I want to make this cake. I really like the taste of it in baked goods (one of the tiers of our wedding cake was passion fruit!). Beautifully done – thx for sharing, this recipe looks like a keeper!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-18-2012

      I do feel very lucky that my mom and I have such a close bond. I only hope it’s the same with me and my daughter!
      If you can’t find passion fruit I’m sure another fruit would be just as delicious however I do love how passion fruit tastes in baked goods. So yummy.

  22. Posted on: 5-20-2012

    This was sooooo good!!! That is such a cute picture of you and your mom πŸ™‚

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-20-2012

      Thanks! So glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  23. Posted on: 5-21-2012

    Beautiful cake and heartwarming tribute to your Mom.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-22-2012

      Thank you Sandra!

  24. Posted on: 5-23-2012

    Somehow I was able to hold my tears while reading your post, but then I saw your Mom’s comment and I can’t help it! So beautiful! Cake and all….

  25. Posted on: 6-13-2012

    Yummmmm. This looks lovely & what wonderful photos.

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