Passion Fruit Pavlova Cupcakes

Yes I’m aware it’s no longer Australia Day, but I was jet lagged then and wasn’t up (off the couch) to making these. One thing I noticed while in Australia was that pavlova is on every menu. Even the McDonalds McFlurry flavour was passion fruit pavlova. To recreate this dessert in a cupcake I made this vanilla cupcake recipe, then topped it with passion fruit buttercream and a blob of homemade passion fruit jam. I then put one of these mini meringues on and sprinkled it with some edible glitter and added tiny australian flags which I picked up in a souvenir shop in Melbourne.

 Passion Fruit Buttercream – for 6 cupcakes

250g icing sugar

110g unsalted butter

sieved pulp of two passion fruit

Cream the butter for a few minutes then beat in the sieved passion fruit. Add the icing sugar and mix until completely combined and smooth.

Passion Fruit Jam

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup passion fruit pulp (2 passion fruit)

50ml water

Put the sugar, passion fruit and water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Then turn the heat up and leave on a rolling boil for 5 minutes. You can test its setting point like this. Pour in a jar and leave to cool. It only makes a small amount, to make more just scale up the recipe.

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