Vanilla Passion Cupcakes (Marble Icing)

Vanilla passion cupcakes - Lilie Bakery

A recipe for fruity and sunny cupcakes: Vanilla passion cupcakes marbled icing. On a base of very soft cupcakes flavored with vanilla, we find a creamy icing based on mascarpone and passion fruit… Impossible to resist!

For the fun side, I opted for a marbled effect icing. When decorating passion vanilla cupcakes, a little trick will allow you to make a two-tone icing. I tell you more below!

Some details on this vanilla passion cupcake recipe

flavors : in this recipe, we are using a sweet mixture of vanilla and passion fruit… I advise you to opt for a beautiful vanilla bean because it really gives the cupcake batter a lot of flavor.

For the frosting, you will need passion fruit juice. You can make it yourself or buy it already made (100% pure juice).

Texture : the vanilla cupcake is very soft. It contrasts perfectly with the creaminess of the frosting made from whipped cream and mascarpone. The passion fruit juice adds a tangy touch to the icing without making it runny.

Difficulty level : it is a recipe accessible to all. You just need to bring paper boxes, a rigid muffin tin, a pastry bag with a fluted tip. I recommend my equipment at the bottom of the recipe.

How to make these vanilla passion fruit cupcakes with marbled icing?

We start by making the vanilla cupcakes because we need them to be very cold for the decor. To do this, we whisk the eggs and the sugar so that they whiten and then add the grains of the vanilla bean. The soft butter is then incorporated, followed by the dry ingredients.

Vanilla passion cupcakes - Lilie Bakery

Mix just enough (so that the dough can rise correctly in the oven). After that, all that remains is to fill the paper boxes previously placed in a rigid muffin tin. After cooking, we leave completely cool on grid.

To realize the marbled frosting, we first prepare a whipped cream by whipping the cream and sugar. Then add the passion fruit juice and mascarpone.

Before filling the pastry bag with this mixture, mix a little bit of natural dye yellow / orange with a tiny bit of icing then coat the inside of the pocket with a few “strips” of colored whipped cream. Then garnish with the rest of the icing.

To decorate the vanilla passion cupcakes, place yourself well above vertically and with circular movements we place a dome of icing on each cupcake. The icing will come out marbled (as you see in my photos).

Possible variations for this recipe

If you want to make any taste changes to this recipe, it's totally possible. For example, instead of passion fruit juice, you can opt for peach or apricot juice to stay in the theme of fruits of the sun.

It is also possible to make the icing with Red fruits instead of passion fruit. Let your desires run free ...

Other recipes to try

If you like cupcakes, then I advise you to take a look at the other recipes on the blog, which you will certainly like: Lemon strawberry cupcakes, Dark chocolate vanilla cupcakes, Soft chocolate muffins, Vanilla milk chocolate cupcakes, Chocolate banana muffins, Creamy Icing Oreo Cupcakes.

If you make this passion vanilla cupcake recipe, do not hesitate to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your beautiful cupcakes!

Vanilla passion cupcakes - Lilie Bakery
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Vanilla Passion Cupcakes (Marble Icing)

Soft vanilla cupcakes accompanied by their creamy passion fruit frosting ...
Prep time30 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Total50 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, French
Yield: 6 cupcakes


Vanilla cupcake

  • 75 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 cc baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 75 g softened butter

Passion fruit icing

  • 15 cl whole cream 30% mg
  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 10 cl passion fruit juice
  • 200 g mascarpone
  • Yellow / orange food coloring optional


Vanilla cupcake

  • Preheat the oven to 170 ° traditional heat.
  • In a container, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and a small pinch of salt.
  • Separately, beat the whole eggs with the powdered sugar. Add the seeds of a vanilla pod.
  • Incorporate the softened butter, then the dry ingredients in rain.
  • Mix quickly, then fill (halfway) regular-size paper cups placed in a stiff muffin pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes then let cool completely on a wire rack.

Passion fruit icing

  • Make a firm whipped cream by whipping the whipping cream.
  • Add the icing sugar and whisk again. Then pour in the passion fruit juice.
  • Add the mascarpone and finish by whisking at maximum speed until the icing takes shape (rather firm).

Decorating cupcakes

  • Prepare a piping bag by inserting a fluted effect piping tip.
  • Take a little yellow / orange food coloring and mix it with a little whipped cream.
  • Ideally, using a small kitchen brush, coat the inner wall of the nozzle with three colored bands.
  • Then garnish the pastry bag with the icing previously made. As if by magic, when decorating the cupcakes, the icing will come out marbled!
  • To decorate the cupcake, wait until it is very cold. Then make a circular motion by positioning yourself above the cupcake to deposit the icing.


Keeps in the refrigerator (due to the presence of cream and mascarpone in the icing).
Did you make this recipe?Tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see the result :)
April 27th



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    March 17, 2014

    hummmmmm! Smells like spring ! Thank you for sharing ! bis

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    March 17, 2014

    They are magnificent !

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    March 17, 2014


    Mmmmh !! It seems to die for !! Just a question, I don't know when to put the vanilla in the preparation of the bases.

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      Lilie bakery

      March 17, 2014

      Hello Agnès, it's an oversight on my part, I just added it in the article! See you soon.

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        March 18, 2014


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    March 17, 2014

    I think that the list of ingredients (at least the dry ones for the base) is missing for the recipe.
    In all they make you want to eat them.

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      Lilie bakery

      March 17, 2014

      Hello, the dry ingredients are well mentioned (see start of the recipe) :-)

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    March 18, 2014

    I love these flavors!

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    Adeline M

    March 19, 2014

    Thanks for the marble icing tip!

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    March 19, 2014

    Recipe that makes you want. I will try it quickly!

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    March 21, 2014

    Passion fruit, I can't resist ...

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    March 29, 2014

    Thank you for this delicious recipe, mine is not as successful but here it is anyway:
    Good continuation !

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    small kitchen

    April 5th

    They are superb these muffins!

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    April 5th

    Hello I am going to test your recipe and I have a tite question I bought silicone cupcake molds because the paper ones were too small do you think that will do the trick?

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      Lilie bakery

      April 8th

      Hello Julie, yes it also works with silicone. @ soon

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    April 8th

    It's just gorgeous, I just love the warm colors that call for summer and the tropics :)

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    April 19th


    This is my first comment so I will start by thanking you for all your recipes, it's nice to share your know-how. I would like to make this recipe but I will have a quick question beforehand: can I replace the passion fruit juice with mango / passion fruit topping? Thank you for your answer.

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      Lilie bakery

      April 23th

      Hi Joannie, yes you can use topping instead of juice. @ soon

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        13th May 2014

        Hello Lilie,
        Thanks for your reply, I haven't seen it before sorry. It's great thank you :-) I will hurry to do them. I'll send you a photo (if I can). See you soon.

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    local court procedure

    13th May 2014

    Yum, they make me want to bite into these muffins and I love the vanilla and passion fruit flavors put together so I can't wait to try them, thanks for this recipe.

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    vahine island

    21th May 2014

    I really like your recipes, as well as your food photos, it makes your mouth water and we can not help but test your recipes !!
    Thank you for sharing;
    I'm not used to comments, but I would like a little help from you, because your whipped cream looks superb, firm and pretty!
    whereas, each time I try to mix the mascarpone with my whipped cream, it never misses: it ends up in the trash, because it becomes grainy !!
    there is nothing to do, I can not do it !! as much to say that it is disappointing !!
    the (or the?) mascarpone does not succeed me !! if you could guide me a little, it will prevent me from wasting again or from abandoning my tests!
    Thank you for sharing your experience, and continue to make us salivate;
    vahine island

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      Lilie bakery

      22th May 2014

      Hello, for a successful mix, I advise you to whip at low speed when you add the mascarpone and then gradually increase the speed so that the whipped cream and the mascarpone mix well. The whipped cream must be quite firm before mixing. Good luck and see you soon!

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    21th May 2014

    Recipe to test today and it's a real treat then the passion whipped cream was a delicious discovery thank you for sharing))

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    21th February 2015

    great recipe !!!! I was just looking for a recipe with passion fruit that I love !! Everything successful (in theory) is more than to taste !!!! Thanks a lot !

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    March 14, 2015

    Hello! How do you do so that your base is flat on the top, me it swells ?? thank you

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      Lilie bakery

      April 5th

      Hello, if it swells too much in the center, the oven temperature needs to be adapted. Otherwise, just cut off the excess. See you soon

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    December 5, 2016

    I made this recipe for a meal on the theme of Martinique, they are simply excellent, the cake is delicious, we smell the vanilla very well, and the cream is not heavy, not too sweet, and we smell the passion fruit so good (I made the juice myself with the fruit :))
    In short, excellent, superb recipe that I would do again without hesitation!

    The only thing that I did not succeed is to make the marbled effect :(

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      Lilie bakery

      December 9, 2016

      Thank you for your return Manon :)

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    15th June 2017

    Hello, and thank you for this recipe which just seems divine! <3
    I succumbed, I have to test them!
    A question torments my mind:
    What do you mean by "passion fruit juice"?
    Is it the content of a real passion fruit emptied (and mixed?) Or a simple fruit juice found on the shelves next to orange juice and other apple juice? I saw in a previous comment that it was possible to use passion topping, it's interesting!
    In fact I'm looking for the best solution to get this tangy note. My mother is crazy about it (and me too, yours! HiHi!) And I don't know which solution will give the best result ...

    Thanks for this recipe, thanks for this blog, and thanks for your coming reply.


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    March 9, 2019

    It's amazing how good it is, I tried all the ingredients well, is it was just too good, the best cupcakes I have ever made lol. I LOVE…

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    September 16, 2020

    Hello, I want to make 40 cupcakes for a birthday
    Can you give me the quantities I need to make the passionate whipped cream, please? And can I replace the passion fruit juice with the passion fruit coulis ?.
    Thank you in advance for your answers :)

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      Lilie bakery

      September 17, 2020

      Hello, you need to do the math knowing that my complete recipe is for 6 cupcakes. The coulis may be too sweet compared to the juice, see you soon

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    September 6, 2021


    Your cupcakes give too much envy, however, can we replace the passion fruit juice with passion fruit puree?
    I have quite a few left and I'm looking for what to do with it.

    Thank you for your answer

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      Lilie bakery

      September 7, 2021

      Hello, yes absolutely it is possible! I think the passion taste will be even more present :)

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    March 8, 2022

    Hello small question why my icing falls every time I make cupcakes it is not firm so flows when I put my icing on my cupcakes so not very pretty what should I do so that the icing must firm and hold on the cupcake ?

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      Lilie bakery

      March 10, 2022

      Hello Dorine, your icing must already be very firm before putting it in your piping bag. I always make my frostings with a robot (it's firmer than with a mixer, I find). The mascarpone helps the whipped cream to firm up, which is what helps your frosting hold together well. If you can't do it, know that the more mascarpone you add, the firmer it is. Goodbye :)

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    April 9th

    Does it work with passion fruit nectar please? It's 12 cupcakes

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      Lilie bakery

      April 10th

      This recipe is for 6 cupcakes as mentioned in the recipe, some nectar works too. See you soon :)

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