Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes

August 22, 2018

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes

Summer is here! What better way to celebrate those big family BBQs, impromptu picnics and last-minute seaside visits than with these fruity tropical bakes and Caribbean desserts? Make the most of the tropical fruit in season right now with our favourite tropical baking recipes. One taste of these and you’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped off a plane onto a tropical island.

Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This nostalgic cake doesn’t need to be a cake of the past. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is perfect all year round, and makes a great show stopper at those large family gatherings. We’ll bet your unties will tell you how they use to make this delicious cake for those all important 70’s dinner parties they attended in their youth. Now, thanks to this Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, it’s safe to say yours will definitely be the best! Not only will the pineapple and cherries give this bake a tropical feel, but it really is a natural stunner once turned out of the pan. We think it goes really well with a little drizzle of double cream or like Sally suggests, a scoop of vanilla ice cream (the good stuff). It is summer after all and what’s summer without ice cream?

Mango Doughnuts

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Mango

Who can resist a doughnut filled with your favourite smooth filling (enough so you get some in every bite) and coated in sugar straight from the fryer? Try these mango doughnuts - a tropical take on this typical seaside treat and you won’t look back. The tartness of the mango is a welcome change from the usual sweet raspberry jam doughnut filling that we all grew up on. It’s the perfect pairing to the crunchy sugar on the outside and, of course, that slightly sweet, ultra soft golden dough(nut). Ilan from Iron Whisk has done the hard work of balancing the sweet and tangy notes for us in this recipe. We can sit back and enjoy all the lovely fried goodness in the sun (while is lasts)!

Coconut & Lime Loaf

Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Coconut Lime Loaf

No list of tropical bakes is complete without at least one or two coconut desserts, and our Coconut & Lime Loaf is a tropical treat for all the senses! Bake yourself a sweet coconut sponge, drizzled with a zesty lime syrup, and top it off with a mascarpone icing and fresh lime zest to boot. Try this bake with a glass of tropical iced tea as a delicious summer dessert - perfect for picnics and family get-togethers. We can't get enough of this one at Bakedin HQ, and we'll bet you can't either. To get great bakes like this one to your door each month, join the Baking Club!

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Papaya Bars

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Papaya Bars

Have you ever been wandering down the fruit aisle during your weekly shop and come across this beautifully tropical looking fruit? Let me guess - you bought it, let it get really ripe but had no idea what to do with it, so it was just destined for the bin! Guilty! Luckily we found a delicious recipe for papaya bars on Monica Swanson’s blog that don’t just look super tropical because of their vibrant orange colour, but are also healthy! Sweetened with honey instead of sugar and gluten free, these little gems make a healthy treat for the whole family. They can be prepared ahead of time and make a perfect addition to any picnic hamper.

Banana & Cashew Loaf

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Banana Cashew Loaf

If you’ve struggled to find the ingredients you need for your tropical bakes in your local supermarket, here’s a recipe you’ll have no trouble the ingredients for! And what’s more, the riper the banana, the better this cake tastes! That means you can use up those bananas that have been sitting around in your fruit bowl. Last year, our Baking Club members were treated to a scrumptious Banana and Cashew Loaf. It’s a light sponge flavoured with ginger and cinnamon, loaded with tropical banana and topped with toffee sauce, roasted cashew nuts and sweet fudge pieces. Serve a slice warm with a scoop of delicious ice cream, ready for those cool summer evenings when you need something sweet to round off the day.

Passion Fruit Cake

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Passionfruit

When we think of tropical fruits, passion fruit is always the first one to jump into our heads. Their tart, citrusy flavour and bright colours just scream exotic to us! So as soon as we found African Bites’ Passion Fruit Pudding Cake, we couldn’t wait to try it. As Imma says, it’s two treats in one. We love the textural contrast of the slightly sweet souffle style sponge at the top and the smooth passion fruit sauce with crunchy seeds on the bottom. This is the result of a water bath, created by placing the baking dish inside a larger baking tray half-filled with water during cooking. If you can’t find passion fruit in your local supermarket, try mango or pineapple puree for an equally tropical treat.

Lychee Cake

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Lychee Cake

Great British Bake Off semi finalist, Chetna Makan, shares this Lychee Cake recipe from her book The Cardamom Trail, and it’s a real good-un! She uses luscious lychees (with a little caramel) to create this tropical flavoured cake. What we like most about this one is that there’s finally hope for that can of lychees you’ve had in your pantry for a while now. Chetna folds the chopped lychee fruit into the sponge cake mixture for a surprising taste and texture. As if that wasn’t good enough, she uses up the juice the lychees were sitting in to create a syrup which she brushes onto her cakes once cooled. Finally, she tops with a caramel cream and chopped lychees. Delicious! This easy-to-follow summery cake made using a pantry essential, tinned lychees, is perfect for those last minute dinners and BBQs you don’t want to go empty handed to!

Dragon Fruit Cake

Bakedin Our Favourite Tropical Cake and Baking Recipes Dragon Fruit Cake

Everything about this Dragon Fruit Cake says summer is here! Its natural vibrant colour will make for a striking show-stopper, worthy of any summer table. This bake consists of a fair few steps, but in our opinion is just so worth it. Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella shows us how to create this exotic showstopper by combining humble, chocolatey sponges with Dragon Fruit - one of the most exotic looking fruits. We might not have attempted this bake without her guidance, so thanks Lorraine! Do give this one a go if you’ve got a bit of time on your hands and want to wow the whole family.


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