Passion layer torte

Passion layer torte

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 25 mins plus chilling

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Serves 10 - 12
Get ahead for a dinner party or celebration with this indulgent, fruity cake which can be frozen for up to 2 months

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (12)

  • kcal705
  • fat45g
  • saturates28g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars54g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.1g


  • 225g softened butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing



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  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs



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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • finely grated zest 1 orange



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  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

For the frosting

  • 5 large passion fruits
  • 225g softened butter, cubed



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 375g icing sugar, sifted
  • 280g full-fat cream cheese
  • 75g white chocolate
    White chocolate squares, stacked

    White chocolate

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  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease 2 x 20cm loose-based sandwich tins and line the bases with discs of baking parchment. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, coconut, orange zest and baking powder in a food processor or food mixer and blend or beat until well combined, thick and creamy. Do not over-blend or the cake will be tough rather than light. If you don’t have a food mixer, put all the ingredients in a bowl and beat hard with a wooden spoon until soft and creamy.

  2. Spoon the mixture evenly into the prepared tins and smooth the surface. Bake on the same shelf in the centre of the oven for 25 mins or until well risen and just beginning to shrink back from the sides of the tin. Remove the tins from the oven and leave to cool for 5 mins before running a knife around the edge of the cakes and turning out onto a wire rack. Peel off the parchment and leave to cool completely.

  3. When the cakes are completely cold, very carefully cut horizontally through each one with a serrated knife to make 4 thin sponges. To make the frosting, cut the passion fruits in half and scoop into a sieve. Press through the sieve to strain the juice – you should have 4 tbsp. Set aside and reserve the seeds. Put the butter, icing sugar and cheese in a food processor or mixer and blend until smooth. Do not overbeat or it will become runny. Slowly add the passion fruit juice and blend until just combined.

  4. Place one of the sponges, cut-side down, on the metal base of the sandwich tin and put on an upturned bowl on a tray. This will help make frosting the cake easier. Spread with roughly a fifth of the frosting – just enough to cover the sponge. Use a paddling motion with a palette knife or soft spatula for the best result, trying to keep contact with the cake to prevent the sponge from lifting.

  5. Cover with a second cake, spread with frosting and repeat the layers once more, ending with the last sponge, cut-side down. By this stage, you should have layered 4 cakes with passion fruit frosting between 3 of them. Use the remaining frosting to spread over the top and sides of the cakes to cover completely. Don’t worry if the sides are a little messy, as the grated chocolate should cover any imperfections.

  6. Put the cake in the fridge for 30-60 mins to allow the icing to set a little. Coarsely grate the chocolate. Working your way slowly around the cake, scoop grated chocolate onto a palette knife and sweep up the sides of the cake, pressing into the soft icing.

  7. Take the cake off the bowl, slide the palette knife between the cake and the metal base, and gently transfer to a plate or cake stand. (If the icing is too soft to do this, pop the cake in the freezer for 30 mins and then try again.) Chill until ready to serve. Before serving, drizzle over 1 tsp of the reserved passion fruit seeds over the top of the cake. If making a day ahead, cover with a cake tin or a bowl large enough to cover the cake without touching it, so the cake doesn’t get damaged in the fridge.

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3rd Feb, 2015
I made this and froze before Christmas ready for Boxing Day. Had so much food we didn't use it. Took it on holiday to Alps last week. It behaved beautifully in car as it defrosted (white choc chips on edge hid any bumps) and tasted delicious when we cut into it. With added fresh passion fruit it was sublime! I had none of the issues the other commenter experienced with the ingredients / recipe (for a change!)
14th Oct, 2015
This is probably a daft question but at what stage did you freeze it? Once it was iced I assume? Did you add the chocolate once you defrosted it or before? Thanks in advance.
24th Dec, 2014
I've just made this but haven't tried the final product yet! The icing tastes sublime though. I would say the recipe needs slightly tweeking, I made the cakes but they came out quite thin, so I made them again and added another tsp of baking powder. The icing has turned out very runny, I don't know if I over beat it but it never looked very thick to me, so you need to be very careful with that side of things. I added more icing sugar but it's still runny, so I had to keep putting it back in the fridge. It won't look like the the picture on here but I'm confident it's going to taste really lovely. I only gave 3 stars as I think the recipe is slightly wrong and could do with more instruction on how long to beat the icing for.
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Saskia Gooding
25th Nov, 2018
The cake mix turned out perfectly. I found the icing to be much too rich and and a little too runny. I added lime zest to try and counteract the butter flavour, and more icing sugar to stiffen, but without much success.
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