Luscious Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes


Hello, dearies!!!!  I am very happy to be sharing with you today these luscious Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes or Cupcakes Mousse de Maracujá… Soon we will be celebrating two important dates: The Two-Year Birthday of From Brazil To You on February 6th, and Valentine’s Day on the 14th!!!

Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes... So luscious and perfect for several occasions (Valentine's Day, Baby Showers, and Mother's Day)!!!

I cannot believe that almost two years have already passed by…. It seems like only yesterday when I first debuted this blog– my baby!!!  Well, the baby is a toddler now, that has changed and  grown in many ways, although its essence has remained the same: sharing the one-of-a-kind cuisine of Brazil with the world.  I am both happy and proud to be its Mom, but I could not have done without you, dear readers, who have supported FBTY over these years. Thank you very much for your interest in the wonderful cuisine of my beloved  Brazil, for following the blog on social media, and for putting a smile on my face with your questions and comments.  It means all the world to me!  Since last year we celebrated FBTY’s first birthday with a Crazy Gal Cake (Bolo Nega Maluca) made with chocolate, this year we will be celebrating it with these passion fruit mousse cupcakes.

For FBTY’s birthday, we just had to celebrate with cake — decorated with roses… especially for you!  These passion fruit cupcakes are dense yet fluffy, filled with a creamy passion fruit mousse (a staple in Brazilian cuisine), and frosted with vanilla butter cream… Yummmm!!!  They are also great for baby showers, weddings, Mother’s Day, and of course, V-day!

Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes... So luscious and perfect for several occasions such as Valentine's Day, Baby Showers, and Mother's Day!!!

I hope that you make these romantic passion fruit mousse cupcakes and share them with your Valentine … In fact, I hope you don’t mind if I consider you as one of my valentines!!!

Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes... So luscious and perfect for many occasions (Valentine's Day, Baby Showers, and Mother's Day)!

If you would also like to add a decadent chocolate treat to your list, try our Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Stacks or Beer Brigadeiros.

For now, deliciousness and roses are waiting entirely just for you…

Happy Birthday, From Brazil To You!


Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!!



5.0 from 6 reviews
Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes
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Luscious and aphrodisiac Passion Fruit Cupcakes filled with Passion Fruit Mousse and Topped with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Brazilian (Inspired)
Serves: 19
  • For the Passion Fruit Cupcake Batter:
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or whole milk)
  • 7 fluid ounces concentrated passion fruit juice (If you are making with frozen passion fruit pulp -- which is available at local supermarkets, let thaw completely and then measure)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • For the Passion Fruit Mousse:
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup concentrated passion fruit juice (If you are making with frozen passion fruit pulp -- which is available at local supermarkets, let thaw completely and then measure)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • For the Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting:
  • 2 cups (or 4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream or whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 drops red gel coloring
  • 1 drop blue gel food coloring
  1. To make the passion fruit cupcake batter, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (178 degrees C). Line a cupcake tin and reserve.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, stir in together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the liquid ingredients: coconut milk or whole milk, passion fruit juice, and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat softened butter for about 1 minute on medium speed. Then add the sugar, beating at low speed until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, to the sugar mixture, beating well on low speed after each addition. Alternately, add the dry ingredients or flour mixture and the reserved liquid ingredients or passion fruit mixture to the egg mixture, beating well after each addition.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, fill cupcake liners ¾ full with the batter. Bake for 15 minutes or until cupcakes are puffy and bounce back when lightly touched. Let cool completely on a rack before filling with passion fruit mousse and frosting.
  6. To make the passion fruit mousse, whisk all the 3 ingredients together until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Fill cupcakes with passion fruit mousse by first cutting out a small plug in the center of each cupcake using a paring knife. The plug should be to about one half of the vertical depth of the cupcake. Reserve the cupcake plug. Pipe passion fruit mousse into each hole. Close the hole with the reserved plug -- this will require trimming off most of the bottom part of the plug so that when replaced in the hole the plug will be level with the rest of the top of the cupcake, and will not squeeze out the mousse. Place filled cupcakes in the refrigerator.
  7. For the vanilla butter cream frosting: In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, combine softened unsalted butter, sugar, and salt, beating well until mixture is homogeneous. Add the cream/milk and vanilla. Beat for an additional 3-5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Beat in both gel food colorings.
  8. Using a Wilton 2D closed Star tip, pipe a rose on top of each cupcake, starting from the center and making 2 steady circles around the center (This video explains well how to do it). I also used cupcake gems (white pearls) to decorate the cupcakes. Serve and enjoy!
Store frosted cupcakes in a clean airtight container (single layer) and let come to room temperature 15-20 minutes before serving.

Passion fruit mousse cupcakes are aphrodisiac and great for valentine’s day, baby showers, and mother’s day… I love these passion fruit mousse cupcakes. I hope you make these delicious passion fruit mousse cupcakes! Passion fruit mousse cupcakes….

Passion fruit mousse cupcakes are super delicious! Enjoy our passion fruit mousse cupcakes. 


Happy Birthday Balloon Image credit: daboost / 123RF Stock Photo

Valentine’s Day Image credit: wawritto / 123RF Stock Photo

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39 Responses to Luscious Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes

    • Denise Browning 5 February, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks a lot for your sweet words and for sharing these cupcakes, Julia! I am glad that you loved the idea of passion fruit for V-day.

  1. Two years? Congrats! And what a great way to celebrate. These cupcakes are amazing — thanks so much.
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  2. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine 5 February, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    These are beautiful and fitting for the most special occasions especially anniversaries like yours and Valentines. Love them Denise and have loved getting to know you! Happy Anniversary, you’re doing a fabulous job!

    • Denise Browning 5 February, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      Thank you a lot, Chris!!!! I do appreciate your time and constant support. It has been a blessing to get to know you better for all these months.

  3. Krissie - Pearls of Style 5 February, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    These look so beautiful! And I can’t tell you how much I love passionfruit flavoured cupcakes. Will definitely give these a go. Well done on the icing, it’s lovely.

    Krissie x –
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    • Denise Browning 6 February, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Krissie! You won’t regret to give them a try… Have an awesome day!

  4. Sugar et al 6 February, 2014 at 1:13 am #

    Congratulations and may you have a hundred more years of beautiful recipes, photographs and stories to share with us. You have chosen such an appropriate sweet treat for the occasion Denise.
    They not only look pretty but scream romance. Love them!
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    • Denise Browning 6 February, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      Thanks so much for always stopping by and for your support, Sonali! It is priceless for me… xoxo

  5. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef 6 February, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    These cupcakes are right up my alley – PASSION fruit mousse cupcakes. Most definitely orgasmic.

    Congratulations on two years!
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    • Denise Browning 6 February, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks, Maureen! I wish you were here so I’d have shared them with you.

  6. francesca 6 February, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    These are beautiful and the ingredients sound delicious. Passion fruit is one of my favs. Awesome piping, too :)
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  7. Shashi @ 6 February, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Happy Happy 2nd Blog-versary!
    Denise – these are adorable and a wonderful way to celebrate 2 major events! I so love the rose petal frosting on them – gorgeous!
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    • Denise Browning 6 February, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Thanks so much, Shashi! I am so glad that you enjoy my rose piping.

  8. Lail | With A Spin 6 February, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Happy bloganniversary Denise. Wishing many more years of amazing recipes and stories.

    The passion fruit mousse cupcake is perfect for the celebration. I love the flavors and color is beautiful too.
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    • Denise Browning 6 February, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Thanks a lot for the bloganniversary wishes, Lail! I do appreciate your visits and support.

  9. Little Cooking Tips 6 February, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Denise happy birthday to your blog!!! We wish you many many more years to come! :) These cupcakes look amazing!!! You made a fantastic work!! Kisses from Greece

  10. Mi Vida en un Dulce 6 February, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    2 years Denise…happy birthday!!!
    The cupcakes look fantastic, I love passion fruit.
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    • Denise Browning 7 February, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks a ton, Nydia! Enjoy and have a great weekend…

  11. Deb 7 February, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Happy Second Birthday Denise! The Passion Fruit Mousse Cupcakes are just enchanting! I adore their ethereal pink color!
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  12. Sue/the view from great island 8 February, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    I discovered passion fruit this year, and now I’m addicted to that sensual aroma — great idea for Valentines’ Day!
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    • Denise Browning 8 February, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      Thanks a lot, Sue! It’s one of my all-time fave fruits…I grew up eating all types of treats made from it and also drinking its juice. I hope you can make these cupcakes…You won’t regret it! You can also make more of the mousse, place in ramekins, and refrigerate. It is also a family favorite (although it is technically a cream, this is the way we make passion fruit mousse in Brazil. It’s super easy, creamy, and very addictive).

  13. Oh such beautiful cupcakes, Denise! Your photos are so lovely and enticing! Happy blogiversary! I’ve enjoyed your wonderful posts, recipes and fabulous photography and look forward to many more years to come! : )
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    • Denise Browning 9 February, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      You are always so nice and sweet, Anne! Thank you so much for the blogiversary wishes and your kind words. Wishing you a wonderful week!!! xx

  14. Raymund 9 February, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Happy Advanced Valentines to you too!
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  15. Aurica 7 March, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    mmmm, lovely pink delicious and excellent cupcakes 😀
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  16. Diane 25 October, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Could I substitute the passion fruit with another juice??? I’m thinking strawberry . . . would I need to change the recipe in anyway?

    • Denise Browning 25 October, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

      Hi, Diane!
      Absolutely! For the cupcake batter, you can certainly use concentrated strawberry juice instead of the passion fruit juice. But for the mousse filling, you better blend about 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries with sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream until obtaining a thick, creamy mixture. The reason why you should avoid to use strawberry juice for the mousse filling is because strawberry juice is not as acidic as passion fruit juice, resulting in a thin mixture. Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by.


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