Passion fruit sponge

Passion fruit sponge


To make the bottom Sponge:

  1. Butter a 20cm sandwich tin and line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until really fluffy, now add the eggs beaten one by one, keep beating.
  3. When finished fold in the flour gradually, try to keep as much air as possible. Put into the prepared tin spreading it flat.
  4. Put into a preheated oven at 180ºC for 25mins approx. check with a skewer to see if it comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the tin and allow to cool.

To make the top sponge:

  1. Prepare a baking tray with greaseproof paper 38cmx30cm butter the tray and line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Whisk the egg whites to a soft peak and add the sugar gradually, now add the egg yolk, then fold in the flour.
  3. Put onto the tray and spread all over with a pallet knife, put into the oven for 12 mins approx. Do not brown it’s going to be very pale golden.
  4. Remove and allow to cool.

To make the crème patissiere:

  1. Whisk the yolks, two flours and sugar to a smooth cream.
  2. Bring the passion fruit puree to a simmer, add to the eggs, then put back into the saucepan and gently bring to simmer stirring constantly.
  3. If needed, put through a fine sieve and allow to cool.
  4. Use the whisk to whip the cream to a soft peak then fold into the passion fruit patisserie.

To assemble the cake:

  1. First slice the top of the sponge, eat it or discard it.
  2. Spread a thin layer passion fruit cream over the top.
  3. Now turn the second sponge upside down and carefully remove the greaseproof paper, get a ruler and cut down into strips, do not remove yet, now cover with some passion fruit cream all over leaving enough for the sides.
  4. Take a scraper and put into flour to stop it from sticking, now carefully lift a strip and roll, then repeat making the wheel bigger, it should end up the same size as the base.
  5. To remove the base from the top of your work surface, take a flat tin or scraper and put some flour on to stop it from sticking so it will slide off easily onto the bottom sponge.
  6. Now put the cream left neatly all around the sides, I scraped the top so there is no cream on top this is for the glaze. Put into the fridge while you make your glaze.

To make the glaze:

  1. Put the puree and sugar together into a small saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until it starts to thicken, remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Take the cake from the fridge and, with a spoon, put some glaze all over the top with the back of a spoon not a brush, put back into the fridge to set.
  3. Remove and put onto plate then garnish with cherries or your choice of berries.
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This recipe by cookery stalwart Rosemary Shrager is best made on the day of eating


For the bottom sponge:
125g unsalted butter, soft
125g golden caster sugar
125g self-raising flour
2 large eggs
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
To make the top sponge:
5 egg yolks
5 egg whites
125g caster sugar
125g flour
To make the crème patissiere:
4 egg yolks
20g plain flour
1 tsp corn flour
70g caster sugar
250g passion fruit puree
250g double cream
For the glaze:
100ml passion fruit puree
200g sugar
To garnish:
3 cherries, or a couple of strawberries, or raspberries


Time: 1 hour
Serves: 8
Nutrition: n/a