Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Passion Fruit Cupcakes filled with Passion Fruit Curd and topped with Passion Fruit Curd Buttercream…I mean what else do you need? Check out this recipe for some of the best cupcakes you will ever make or eat!

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passion fruit cupcake with passion fruit curd inside and a jar of passion fruit curd

My love of baking started with cupcakes. I blame my friend Julie, she introduced me to gourmet cupcakes a long time ago and my life has never been the same 🧁=🥰.

I love to try different recipes and ways of making cupcakes which is why some of my cupcake recipes are different. Different flavors, decorating techniques, and fillings require different densities as well.

Since these cupcakes are filled with a creamy passion fruit curd, I knew I wanted the cupcake to be super light and moist. The passion fruit curd buttercream is also really dense so the cupcake had to be light. This basic vanilla cupcake base is the perfect complement to the passion fruit curd and buttercream.

Ingredients Needed to Make Passion Fruit Cupcakes

How to Make The Vanilla Cupcake Base

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and prepare a cupcake tin with cupcakes liners.
  2. In a stand mixer add the room temperature butter and oil and beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue mixing on high for another 5 minutes.
  3. While the butter is beating, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine with a whisk or fork and set aside. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture and continue mixing.
  4. Turn down the mixer to the lowest speed and slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Then add the milk and vanilla and mix just until combined.
  5. Evenly divide the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 18 minutes.
  6. Once cool, cut out a hole in the middle of each cupcake to make room for the curd filling.
passion fruit cupcake on a plate

Where to Find Passion Fruit Curd

You can use store-bought passion fruit curd for this recipe or you can make your own! And guess what? I have a recipe that makes passion fruit curd in the microwave so really, anyone can make it! All you need is butter, sugar, eggs, and passion fruit pulp. Check out my Microwave Passion Fruit Curd recipe and be prepared to be wowed.

passion fruit cupcakes with passion fruit curd

How to Make Passion Fruit Curd Buttercream

  1. Place the room temperature butter into the bowl of a stand mixer or into a large bowl and beat on high for 4-5 minutes until it becomes lighter in color. Add the powdered sugar, then the milk, and finally the passion fruit curd. Beat until everything is fully combined.
  2. Place the frosting in a piping bag fitted with your favorite tip. Pipe the frosting on each cupcake covering the passion fruit curd hole. Enjoy!
top view of passion fruit cupcakes with passion fruit curd buttercream frosting

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passion fruit cupcake on a plate

Passion Fruit Cupcakes

5 from 18 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Cool, Fill, and Frost: 52 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: EmilyFabulous

Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup +6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

Passion Fruit Curd Filling and Frosting

  • 1 1/4 cups passion fruit curd, divided
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, room temp (2 sticks)
  • 4 cups confectioners powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk

Instructions

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and prepare a cupcake tin with cupcakes liners. This recipe will yield 12 cupcakes.
  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, add the room temperature butter and oil and beat on high speed for about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and continue mixing on high for another 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • While the butter is beating, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine with a whisk or fork. Set aside.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture and continue mixing. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed with a silicone spatula.
  • Turn down the mixer to the lowest speed and slowly add the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Then add the milk and vanilla and mix just until combined. Don't overbeat the mixture or your cupcakes will be dense.
  • Evenly divide the batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 18 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Passion Fruit Curd Filling

  • Take each cupcake and dig out a hole in the middle of each one. Be careful not to go all the way to the bottom of the cupcake. I used the end of my piping tip and it worked perfectly!
  • Place 1 cup of the passion fruit curd into a piping bag. You can use a tip or just snip the end since you are just filling the hole. Fill each cupcake with curd so that the hole is level with the top of the cupcake.

Passion Fruit Curd Buttercream

  • Place the room temperature butter into the bowl of a stand mixer or into a large bowl and beat on high for 4-5 minutes until it becomes lighter in color. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and fully mix in with each addition. Add the milk and mix in followed by the passion fruit curd. Beat until everything is fully combined.
  • Place the frosting in a piping bag fitted with your favorite tip. Pipe the frosting on each cupcake covering the passion fruit curd hole. Enjoy!

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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