Passionfruit Opera Cake

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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108 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    That flavor combination really sounds amazing- I’ve been dying to get my hands on passion fruit for as long as I’ve known they existed, but I can never find them or they’re too expensive. I guess I’ll just have to drool over your pictures with envy instead. 😉

  2. glamah16 says:

    Beautiful .I love the Passion fruit gelee on top. So light and delicate. I’m curious how the Brazillian Nut tastes.

  3. Dolores says:

    I’m with Hannah… I’m intrigued by your flavor combinations and I *love* the way your passion fruit glaze bring beautiful bright color to your cake. Great job!

  4. Rachel says:

    love the glaze….lovely

  5. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Fantastic Gretchen! Great flavor and beautiful. I don’t know what the deal was with that butter, it seems many of us almost missed putting that in the cake.The passion fruit really is gorgeous!

  6. Zita says:

    Wow…the glaze looks stunning, a summer opera cake, beautifull 🙂

  7. Kim says:

    I think your flavor choices are just wonderful. The color of the glaze is so vibrant. Beautiful Opera!

  8. steph- whisk/spoon says:

    oh, passionfruit is one of my favorite flavors! looks beautiful with that glaze on top!

  9. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    How gorgeous! You did a great job, well done. I loved this challenge too!

  10. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    How gorgeous! You did a great job, well done. I loved this challenge too!

  11. rainbowbrown says:

    Oh my gosh. That sounds so good. Passionfruit? Heck yeah.

  12. Viv says:

    Wow. Your cake looks wonderful! I especially like the glaze with those black little spots!

  13. Peabody says:

    Turned out beautiful.

  14. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

  15. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

  16. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

  17. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Gorgeous! I love passionfruit! Your glaze looks wonderful…Cheers,Rosa

  18. HoneyB says:

    What a beautiful cake!

  19. Anne says:

    Yum, that sounds delicious!

  20. Suzana says:

    Awesome passionfruit glaze!! It’s perfect for a summer lunch dessert. Just added this version to my list. 😉

  21. Aparna says:

    Very interesting flavours and beautiful cake with an unusaul glaze.

  22. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Your cake is beautiful, the glaze gives it so much personality!

  23. Aran says:

    Great job Gretchen… I’m glad it turned out and you were happy with the result.

  24. maybelles parents says:

    great job; love your tropical flavor. it looks professional.

  25. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    STUNNING,LUSCIOUS & FULL OF FLAVOUR! Fatastic challenge;can see why it was your best! It’s an out & out feast for the eyes!

  26. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    STUNNING,LUSCIOUS & FULL OF FLAVOUR! Fatastic challenge;can see why it was your best! It’s an out & out feast for the eyes!

  27. Lina says:

    wow! your cake looks so fluffy and perfect! great job!!

  28. Dana McCauley says:

    Passionfruit – brilliant! i went with orange and raspberry.

  29. Jeanine says:

    Wow! Your cake looks perfect! I nearly liked the screen with your first pic! 😉 Great job!

  30. Bellini Valli says:

    I love the simplicity of the passionfruit. What an inspired combination. The seeds themselves are the perfect foile for this DB challenge. Great job Gretchen!!!!!!!

  31. Di says:

    Your cake looks beautiful. I love the way the glaze turned out. And I had to laugh at the idea of you putting the batter back in the bowl to add the missing ingredient–sounds like something I would do. =)

  32. Lori says:

    I love, love, love passionfruit! THe cake looks amazing. I wish I could get a bite of each of these cakes. But then that would be a lot of bites wouldnt it?

  33. Engineer Baker says:

    I love the look of the passionfruit glaze – beautiful!

  34. Dayna says:

    Stunning! Closest thing to perfect. Great flavour choice – delicious.

  35. ostwestwind says:

    The passion fruit glaze has such a beautiful colour, it fits perfectly to the rest of that beautiful cake.Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  36. Y says:

    I like the passionfruit gel on top. Great for presentation.

  37. Baking Soda says:

    Gretchen, what a fantastic combination! That top layer is just perfect and so appetizing!

  38. familiabencomo says:

    Amazing! Passion fruit?!?!? How clever! Great job. Tres belle!xoxox Amy

  39. Bumblebutton says:

    What a lovely flavor combination, and it sounds so refreshing. Bet that lightened up the richness of this multi-faceted cake. Just beautiful!

  40. Heather says:

    Looks wonderful! Great job!

  41. sarahmarie says:

    stunning. The passion fruit on top makes the whole thing. And your mousse looks so fluffy and inviting!I have not had passion fruit in years. We used to have a vine down our fence. I miss it now!

  42. Jenny says:

    Oooh that’s pretty. Think I might need to get some passion fruit now.

  43. Dianne says:

    Oh wow…That is just stunning!

  44. Susan/Wild Yeast says:

    The glaze is really spectacular and unique. Gorgeous job!

  45. Megan says:

    Your cake is stunning. I love the gel glaze. simple yet elegent.How I would love to get my hands on a slice!

  46. Dana says:

    This sounds so fabulous — I love passionfruit! I also love your method for removing the seeds from the pulped. Bookmarked!

  47. Judy @ No Fear Entertaining says:

    Passionfruit!!! What a wonderful flavor to add to this! Beautiful cake.

  48. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Brazil nuts and passionfruit! Sounds like such a tropical and delicious version of opoera cake! I love how beautiful the color is too!

  49. Allergy Mom says:

    The passionfruit is wonderful! I love how you left the seeds, they are perfect. What a beautfiful cake! Libby

  50. Katy says:

    gorgeous and delicious — does it get any better than that? the color is perfect!

  51. Shari says:

    Wow, I absolutely love your passionfruit idea! It’s one of my favorite flavors, and thanks for the tip about how to separate the seeds from the pulp. I’m definitely going to save this in my favorites file and try it soon! I bet the brazil nuts tasted delicious with the passionfruit.Shari@Whisk: a food blog

  52. Maddy says:

    The flavor combo sounds great and I love the way the passion fruit glaze looks on the top- its so shiny! Yum 🙂

  53. giz says:

    Really beautifully done with great flavor. You’ve done this challenge very proud.

  54. sunita says:

    Gretchen, absolutely love your combinations…simply gorgeous 🙂

  55. Christina says:

    Nicely done! The way the passionfruit glaze looks on top is great. Lovely pictures!

  56. pixie says:

    Beautiful cake! In its simplicity, it just stands out! i’m so curious about the passionfruit. It’s very rare that we get it here…

  57. breadchick says:

    Gretchen,This is just so lovely of a cake that even lovely isn’t lovely enough of a word! I just love the orange look of the glaze.

  58. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Gretchen, your cake looks just gorgeous! I love the passionfruit gel. It looks so tropical! Great job!

  59. Deborah says:

    The topping is just gorgeous with that passionfruit gel! Great job on this challenge!

  60. Christine says:

    What a beautiful cake! Flavor combination sounds delish!

  61. Medhaa says:

    Nice cake love the combinations and looks so good, It was my first time and was terrified initially, but it came out ok.

  62. Natalie says:

    How beautiful! I am so impressed. I will have to try this flavor combination. It was fun to look at your other challenges too. 🙂

  63. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Now this is my kind of Opera cake! The passion top is just breath taking!

  64. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Now this is my kind of Opera cake! The passion top is just breath taking!

  65. Andrea says:

    Oh. My. I love passion fruit and used to drink the juice when I lived in Colombia. I miss it, and it’s so darned expensive to get it fresh this far north, so I must make due with frozen. That cake looks amazing!

  66. marias23 says:

    Oh my! That is so friggin’ gorgeous!!!

  67. Tammy says:

    that looks beautiful!

  68. farida says:

    Your cake looks absolutely adorable! I love the idea of using passion fruit topping! This is creative!

  69. kellypea says:

    This is really fabulous looking and I know delicious! I love passionfruit. The clear glaze is perfect and those seeds….WOW. I’m inspired to do a clear glaze next time. Nice work.

  70. Kevin says:

    That looks great! I really like the passionfruit top!

  71. briannalee says:

    Stunning cake! I love how you used passionfruit! I bet it tasted wonderful too!

  72. jasmine says:

    So very, very pretty. Love the transluscency of the passionfruit glaze.j

  73. marye says:

    the passionfruit looks wonderful..what a great taste combination.

  74. landa says:

    Beautiful cake.

  75. Lesley says:

    That looks simply mouth watering. I love the seeds in the top. So pretty…

  76. Jacque says:

    Ooooh, how pretty is that? It’s flawless and I too love the passionfruit gel on top.

  77. Chris says:

    I am passionate about your passionfruit opera! Ahhhh…..I hear the singing over here. 🙂 Perfect!

  78. one spicy mama says:

    Mmmmm .. that looks absolutely delicious!

  79. Half Baked says:

    Beautiful cake! Your glaze is gorgeous! Love the flavor combo, nice work!!!

  80. jennifer says:

    great job! i love the look of that glaze. amazing!

  81. dobetter says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  82. emgray says:

    GORGEOUS! I’d love a piece of that!

  83. Meeta says:

    Simply lovely Gretchen!! Passion fruit is such a fantastic flavor idea. I am drooling all over again! Well done!

  84. Mevrouw Cupcake says:

    Yeah, I love the addition of passionfruit!! Thank you so much also for instructions on how to work with it as well. I’ve never used fresh passionfruit, but I’ve been very curious as of late!

  85. zorra says:

    Passionfruit – wonderful idea!

  86. Ilva says:

    I think passionfruit is an excellent choice here! Looks delicious and beautiful!

  87. Tartelette says:

    I love, love, love your Opera! That glaze is just wonderful and your choice of flavor makes me happy happy…I love passion fruit! Brazil nuts are my favorites too. Can you say I would like a slice of this one?!! Glad you enjoyed the challenge so much!

  88. Katie B. says:

    Stunning! What a cool idea to use passion fruit and brazil nuts – and I adore the glaze! Sets your cake apart – great job!

  89. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Your cake turned out so beautifully! Great job, Daring Baker! I love the look of the passionfruit glaze on top. What a wonderful idea.

  90. ChichaJo says:

    Fabulous job! The passionfruit seeds in the glaze look so pretty! 🙂

  91. chou says:

    Oh, amazing! I love the glaze, and am intrigued by your combinations.

  92. Maggie says:

    The passionfruit glaze looks stunning! It’s such a great idea.

  93. Sweet Tooth says:

    Leisurely talking about passion fruit pulp and cocoa trees as well – I might have to move to Peru ;-).My passion fruit pulp comes frozen by FedEx or at about $3 a piece. Nice cake!I forgot the butter too in the first layer but did not bother to scoop it off again. I added 2/3 to the rest and went for it – cheating?Alexandra

  94. michelle @ TNS says:

    every single one of these opera cakes is my favorite. I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE.

  95. Venus ~ Vi says:

    Oh dear, the passionfruit glaze is to die for!!

  96. gfgastronaut says:

    I am drooling over the passionfruit flavorings…. yum… and how pretty!

  97. Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats says:

    A beautiful Opera Cake! Not surprised you have so many Comments. Passionfruit flavor must have been wonderful – it’s almost impossible to get here on the Eastern Seaboard and I love it.

  98. Jaime says:

    mmmm passionfruit! i love the glaze you used on this. so beautiful

  99. RecipeGirl says:

    What an absolutely excellent idea to use passionfruit. It’s so beautiful! Nice work 🙂

  100. Ruth Elkin says:

    This looks so beautiful with the passionfruit! Sounds delicious

  101. Barbara says:

    Your cake looks beautiful! And that passion fruit glaze is gorgeous!

  102. Kelly-Jane says:

    You’ve done an amazing job on this months challenge! Really well done 🙂

  103. Amy says:

    Brava! This is gorgeous!!

  104. Pam says:

    Love the passion fruit glaze. I bet the flavor combo tasted great. I love that you used fresh passion fruit and let the seeds show through. Good job!!

  105. Claire says:

    Beautiful! I just love the extra that the passion fruit adds to it…so unique.

  106. Lis says:

    Now that’s a passionate Opera! hehe Yes, I know.. Imma dork. :DI love what you did here.. especially the top – it just makes an already gorgeous cake stunning!Beautiful, Gretchen Noelle!!xoxoxox

  107. Ann says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  108. Andrea says:

    Jumping on the lovely opera cake bandwagon here. The passionfruit gel on top is so lovely. Wish I though of using a fruit glaze. Oh, well there is always next time…

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