Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake (No Refined Sugar)

I could not sleep yesterday night and ended up going to bed at stupid o’clock. Again.

Just after midnight, I realised I’d been an awful mother all week, you see. That kind of stuff brings on insomnia despite the sleep deprivation let me tell you.

So as I was torturing myself mentally, trying to remember how inadequate I had been as a mother all week, I couldn’t sleep, naturally. I had to beat myself up and confess. Did it make me feel better? Not.

Worse, after I had finished writing what a rubbish mum I was, I started reading every school newsletter ever written and methodically wrote all important information in the family calendar, making sure I was also adding them to my to-do list.

What did I realise?

That I had missed yet another thing: the session at Beanie’s school where parents go in and their offspring proudly show them the amazing work they have done in school (mummy fail again).

I then promptly remembered I had bought myself a Mother’s Day present just I case I did not get anything fancy (bad, bad mummy). Then came the memory of sending Hubby to Jumpy’s preschool for the ‘socialising session’ a week early (yet another fail) and I sheepishly went to bed at an ungodly hour feeling like the worst mother in existence, frankly feeling sorry for myself (and my kids).

Then of course it dawned on me that all I was thinking about was me, me, me and not how my kids were feeling…

And on that note,

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

When kids have been silly, forgetful or naughty at school, they can go back the next day with a blank slate and start again, right? Is it the same for motherhood? Can I screw up today and start again tomorrow? I think not. I really have to pull myself together and start being a decent mother or I might fail that motherhood thing.

Sorry, this was meant to be an upbeat post about cake… Shall we talk about cake? It is so much easier than dealing with my ineptitude.

Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake - No Refined Sugar

Cake… Let’s talk about cake for Mother’s Day.

Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake

This stuff is good. It is even free from refined sugar.

Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake (No Refined Sugar)

The original recipe was sent to me by the lovely people at Organix but I made a few changes: no vanilla flavouring, less butter, less cream and more mangoes.

Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake - Mango & Passion Fruit

Since we made it on Mother’s Day, it would not be Mother’s Day cake had the children not been involved. Beanie loved spreading the whipped cream.

Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake (No Refined Sugar) - Beaning Helping

Her big brother was a lot more interested in trying the fruit coulis.

Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Sponge Cake

What is your favourite flavour combination in cake?



Quick and Easy Tropical Fruit Cake (No Refined Sugar)

Prep Time 15 hours
Cook Time 20 hours


For the sponge

  • • 1 mango
  • • 175g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • • 60ml maple syrup
  • • 4 free-range eggs
  • • 300g self-raising flour

For the filling and topping

  • • 4 ripe passion fruits
  • • 1 mango
  • • 300ml full-fat double cream
  • • 4 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 4 (180°C, 160°C fan, 360°F). Grease a couple of 20cm sandwich tins with butter and line their bases with baking paper.
  2. Make mango puree by blending the flesh of one and a half mangoes until smooth. Keep about a third aside for the topping.
  3. Please note that this recipe contains more wet ingredients than typical cake mixes. The fruit puree and maple syrup make the mixture wetter than a traditional sugar-based cake. To prevent the mixture 'splitting' (looking curdled), add flour with each addition of wet. If the mixture is starting to split (looking a bit slimy), add in a tablespoon of flour and mix in.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the maple syrup and a tablespoon of flour until soft. Add 2/3 of the mango puree and 2 tablespoons of flour. Mix until all combined.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, alongside 1 tablespoon of flour with each egg. Beat in thoroughly.
  6. Sieve in the rest of the flour gradually and fold gently into the mixture using a spatula. Be careful not to overmix it.
  7. Divide the mixture evenly between the two sandwich tins. Smooth over lightly, and then bake for 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch. Insert a knife to check the cakes are cooked – it should come out clean. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes to cool a little, and then turn onto wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Once the sponge is completely cool, whip the cream until thick, then very lightly stir through 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Cut open the passion fruit and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and the rest of the mango puree.
  9. Sandwich the sponges together using half the whipped cream and half the passion fruit flesh. Top with the rest of the cream and drizzle the remaining passion fruit and mango coulis over the top.
  10. Slice the remaining mango half from top to bottom as close to the stone as possible. Score a criss-cross pattern in the half mango, then push the fruit cubes outward creating a hedgehog shape. Slice the fruit off the skin and add on top of the cake.
  11. This cake is best enjoyed on the day you bake it.

– This is not a collaborative post. I was asked whether I wanted to try a recipe by Organix. I loved it and adapted it (recipe above). All opinions and photographs are my own.


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  1. Catherine Pawsey says:

    What wonderful recipes to try with the family, thanks.

  2. Claire Grigg says:

    Coffee and walnut

  3. Natalie says:

    I love a traditional vanilla sponge with a blackberry jam, but can’t beat a sharp lemon cake

  4. Tracey Peach says:

    Chocolate Fudge Cake 🙂

  5. Johanne currie says:

    Rasberries and cream yum yum x

  6. Miranda says:

    I love chocolate and hazlenut cake!

  7. Liam Bishop says:

    Jam and cream, I love a Victoria Sponge!

  8. Susan lloyd says:

    Chocolate fudge x

  9. Alix Smith says:

    banana & blueberry – yummy!!

  10. emmav6 says:

    lemon and courgette cake is lovely

  11. banana and walnut

  12. kefkat says:

    Lemon drizzle cake is my favourite and I make a cracking one

    • How do you make yours? I just make a pound cake with lemon juice/zest in and add sugar/lemon juice on top. Is your any different? No worries if it’s a family secret 🙂

      • kefkat says:

        The cake is made of a lemon batter mix: then 3 lemons juiced mixed with icing sugar warmed in a pan until it is melted. Keep it on the side warm. It is then poured over the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, once the cake has been skewered. Once it’s cool then I pour the lemon icing over it. If you want the full recipe let me know. It is totally full proof. I have never had 1 go wrong yet

        • Thanks, you’re a star!

          • kefkat says:

            Oops! I have only just remembered I didn’t put recipe up. Ill do it later today

          • 🙂

          • kefkat says:

            Just finally got the recipe out: For the loaf Cake: :8 oz/250 grm unsalted butter. 12.5 oz/350 grm caster sugar. 4 large eggs. Zest of 2 lemon. 12.5 oz/350 grm of self raising flour. Pinch of salt. 8 tablespoons of milk.

            For the syrup: juice of 3 lemons. 7oz/200 grm of icing sugar.

            For the glaze: juice of 1 lemon. 6oz/300 grm of icing sugar.

            Cream together the butter and sugar and add eggs and lemon zest, beating well. Fold in the flour and salt. Then add in the milk. Spoon the batter into your prepared tin (this makes a large Lemon Loaf Cake) The tin should be lined in grease proof paper. Bake for 55 minutes at gas mark 4/180 C and test to see if the cake is done. I usually cook it in the middle of the oven.

            For the syrup put the lemon juice and icing sugar in a pan over a warm heat and mix until dissolved. As soon as the cake is done puncture it all over with a skewer and pour over the sugar mix. Leave to cool completely before removing from the tin.

            Combine lemon juice and icing sugar together until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled Loaf Cake. Enjoy. I have never had a failed recipe with this. It always gets brilliant reviews

          • You’re a star, I’ll definitely be making it soon!

  13. I love Banana and maple syrup

  14. Gemma b says:

    I love coconut and cream cake!

  15. karen hill says:

    Chocolate and peppermint, just like mom used to make x

  16. Kevin Honey says:

    Lemon, as in Lemon Drizzle cake

  17. mint and chocolate chip

  18. Michelle Sykes says:

    Hazlenut and coffee

  19. Viv'Maman_Bas says:

    I love a good old strawberry and cream cake 🙂
    And don’t worry, I missed the session at E’s school before half-term where they had a little show and showed parents their work… She came out of the classroom really sad asking “mummy, why did you miss my show?”. I was not remotely aware of this show, which was mentioned in a newsletter 3 weeks earlier… It took me a couple of weeks to get over it (well I’m still traumatised to be honest…). xxx

    • You know what? You’ve made me feel better! (Sorry!) I sometimes wonder whether it’s me being disorganised or the school checking we all read every single words they write in newsletters…

  20. leanne weir says:

    mango and pineapple is scrum x

  21. Stephanie Tsang says:

    I like coffee and walnut.

  22. Joanne Hutchings says:

    White chocolate and raspberries.

    • Oh I’ve got a white chocolate and raspberry cake recipe on the blog! Just type ‘cake’ in the search bar if you’re curious. It’s yum!

  23. cathyj says:

    i love lemon and lime

  24. Terri Mathewson says:

    peanut butter and chocolate

  25. I love chocolate and chocolate! 😉

  26. Rachel Craig says:

    Raspberry and vanilla.

  27. Chocolate fudge cake

  28. Graham Riches says:

    Coffee and walnut

  29. Paul Robson says:

    Chocolate fudge! Yum Yum

  30. Andrea Fletcher says:

    Chocolate and cherry

  31. Claire D says:

    Raspberry Jam and Butter Icing

  32. Tom Humphries says:

    Vanilla Sponge and currants

  33. John Tingay says:

    I’ve always liked date & walnut cake – it’s a fantastic combination

  34. daniel baugh says:

    chocolate, orange, chocolate and chocolate

  35. Stacey Carnell says:

    white chocolate and raspberries <3

  36. AnnaH says:

    Chocolate and cherries

  37. Samantha loughlin says:

    Couguet and lemon cake xx

  38. Paula Readings says:

    I like Raspberry & Chocolate.

  39. Hannah Cummings says:

    Lemon and poppy seed is amazing

  40. sarah rees says:

    chocolate and cherry

  41. Martina Pichova says:

    I like chocolate and nuts combination.

  42. Gemma Whitmore says:

    Passion fruit and White chocolate

  43. Kali filsell says:

    Chocolate and orange

  44. Natalie Crossan says:

    Coffee and walnut x

  45. Janet Robertson says:

    Date and walnuts

  46. Shivon Davis says:

    Strawberrys and Butter icing yummy 🙂 Thanks so much for the chance x

  47. liz ferguson says:

    coffee and walnut x

  48. laura stewart says:

    chocolate and fudge x

  49. Jo Carroll says:

    I just love Lemon and Lime Drizzle cake

  50. lyn burgess says:

    Chocolate and raspberries

  51. Amanda says:

    Chocolate & hazelnut are my two favourite ingredients!

  52. Kat Lucas says:

    Pumpkin & walnuts

  53. Mary Chez says:

    Chocolate fudge cake

  54. alice o'connor says:

    carrot and ginger cake!

  55. philippa gerrard says:

    chocolate and strawberry

  56. Kelly says:

    Chocolate and vanilla!

  57. Chocolate, fudge with fresh cream

  58. E J Lowe says:

    vanilla cake with chocolate icing

  59. Julie's Family Kitchen says:

    I love that this cake is almost guilt free. I’ll share on Facebook and will pin for future baking. 🙂 xx

  60. Nicola Morris says:

    Cherry and chocolate! Yum

  61. Kim M says:

    Coffee and walnut

  62. hayley says:

    Lemon and vanilla xx

  63. caroline cordery says:

    I love lemon and sugar.

  64. Kathleen Bell says:

    Lemon and coconut!

  65. Ruth Harwood says:

    Chocolate and Vanilla xx

  66. Iris W says:

    Thats a difficult choice to make I love so many cakes but if I have to choose I go for coffee & walnut

  67. Lucy Major says:

    i would have to say that i like nutella and banana cakes. anything with chocolate stuff!

  68. Honey & Lemon

  69. Oh my goodness Mel, you are the least rubbish mum I know! I tend not to think about how bad a mum I am…it works for me! Aside from that, the cake looks flippin amazing…I will be making something like that as soon as I am off the strict part of the I Quit Sugar programme. YUM!

    • You make me laugh with your quitting sugar programme. What do you eat, lady? I’ll have a teaspoon of something sweet on your behalf, he he!

  70. emma franklin says:

    coffee and walnut

  71. Raspberry and white chocolate.

  72. Amy Rennocks says:

    Carrot and Lemon <3

  73. Natalie Osborne Thomason says:

    Carrot and orange

  74. Kim Styles says:

    chocolate and orange is my favourite cake combination

  75. Emilie Curry says:

    Coffee and Chocolate

  76. Solange says:

    Chocolate and walnut.

  77. Magdalena Kobrzynska says:

    White Chocolate with Raspberry

  78. Julie Ward says:

    Homemade jam and fresh cream in a victoria sponge

  79. I love chocolate and orange! x

  80. Catherine says:

    cardamom and rose

  81. I love a Victoria sponge? It’s the butter icing and jam mix I guess.

  82. Rachael Mccadden says:

    lemon and choc

  83. GLENDA HANKS says:

    I love lemon drizzle cakes, so anything with lemon is my favourite

  84. Rey Chunara says:

    Chocolate and strawberry

  85. coffee and walnut

  86. Carole says:

    Matcha and rose

  87. Happy day mum Mel! Un peu en retard….ton gâteau est extraordinaire ! Love it !xx

  88. Betony Bennett says:

    Chocolate orange 🙂

  89. gemma brown says:

    coffee and walnut :o)

  90. emilyy4444 says:

    vanilla sponge and walnuts

  91. beetroot and chocolate cake although i’d love to try making a fruity cake like this!

  92. lyndsey says:

    strawberry and cream

  93. Ellen says:

    Lemon and pistachio!

  94. buddymagoo says:

    honey & lavender

  95. coffee and walnut

  96. Lemon & Lime it is such a twangy refreshing taste

  97. Stevie says:

    Chocolate and mint.

  98. Emily Hutchinson says:

    coconut and lime

  99. jen s morgan says:

    Chocolate and fudge x

  100. Rebecca Nisbet says:

    i love a bit of jam and cream, but my mum makes a lovely coffee and walnut cake!

  101. carole n says:

    coffee and walnut is one of my favourites

  102. Rachel Butterworth says:

    White Chocolate and Strawberry.

  103. Lime and coconut cake

  104. Colin Gault says:

    Mint and banana

  105. Kerry W says:

    Banana and sunflower seeds

  106. jayne hall says:


  107. Nadia Stanbridge says:

    Chocolate and Guinness

  108. Susan Hoggett says:

    banoffe pie

  109. Izzy Smith says:

    jam and buttercream

  110. Helen Porter says:

    strawberry and vanilla

  111. serenityyou says:

    Chocolate and orange, or anything with butterscotch

  112. sarah fielding says:

    Jam and cream yum!!

  113. Raspberry & dark chocolate x

  114. Sarah Norgrove says:

    Coffee and Walnut

  115. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Chocolate and cherries

  116. Kirsten Barthy says:

    Chocolate and coconut

  117. Robertgeneralmail says:

    Chocolate and orange is a winner!

  118. Kristy Leanne Brown says:

    Coffee and cream

  119. Sergey Malanchuk says:

    Lime and coconut would be absolutely spiffing ! 🙂

  120. sharon sheppard says:

    Omg your a star, chocolate fudge for us x

  121. B west says:

    Oldie but goodie, coffee and walnut

  122. Donna W says:

    I love a good old fashioned black forest gateau – the combination of dark chocolate and cherries with cream is delicious.

  123. Elspeth McMillan says:

    chocolate and cream

  124. Rich Tyler says:

    Chocolate & Fudge 🙂

  125. Barbara Handley says:

    Pineapple and coconut

  126. Kelly Goodall says:

    Chocolate fudge

  127. IRENE MURDOCH says:

    Chocolate and Orange

  128. Maria P says:

    chocolate and apricot

  129. olivia280177 says:

    I love pumpkin and orange

  130. Kat Allinson says:

    Lemon and poppy seed

  131. DEBRA SHANAHAN says:

    Not just saying this because of the cake above…but I love passion fruit in a cake – or in anything in fact!! maybe a bit of vanilla cream mixed in…mmmmm

  132. Banana and chocolate!

  133. lia sturman says:

    coffee and walnut cake

  134. Kate Knight says:

    chocolate and orange

  135. Chris Fletcher says:

    I made a courgette and lime cake recently that was delicious!

  136. simon hardy says:

    vanilla and toffee

  137. My favourite is coffee cake with peanut butter, buttercream. Yummy!!

  138. Andrea A says:

    Banana and walnut

  139. Kelly (@KellyL_85) says:

    Almond and cherry!

  140. Nancy Bradford says:

    Black forest cake – chocolate and cherries x

  141. I love coffee and walnut cake

  142. kate kathurima says:

    coffee and walnut cake

  143. Adrian Bold says:

    Chocolate Fudge Cake!

  144. jamie millard says:

    chocolate and orange

  145. Anna Brown says:

    Chocolate and strawberry is a lovely cake combination

  146. Tracy Newton says:

    I love a lime cheesecake with lots of chocolate on the top

  147. lesley carnochan says:

    Chocolate fudge cake ?

  148. Hazel Rush says:

    Chocolate and salted caramel!

  149. confessionsofacompaholic says:

    coffee and walnut

  150. Annette Haden says:

    There is always to much sugar in shop bought products. Will have a go at this recipe at some point.

  151. Kay panayi says:

    Banofee pie

  152. Kelly cooper says:

    Coffee & walnut

  153. Katherine McDonald says:

    I do love a Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing.

  154. Helen A says:

    Lemon drizzle cake!

  155. JOANNE ROXBURGH says:

    chocolate and salted Carmel

  156. Scott Fallon says:

    Vanilla sponge and strawberry jam

  157. Aaron Milne says:

    so many great combinations – coffee & walnut – WOW

  158. Wendy Tyler says:

    I like a carrot cake made with some pineapple for extra natural sweetness. It must have the cream cheese frosting though!

  159. Jean Vaughan says:

    Love apple and almond cake

  160. hayley pemberton says:

    coffee and walnut cake. yum yum

  161. Tracy Hanson says:

    Coffee and Walnut

  162. claire little says:

    banana and chocolate

  163. Beryl drake says:

    Lemon and vanilla

  164. chocolate and coffee

  165. Rachel McMillan says:

    Anything salted caramel

  166. Frances Lauder says:

    Lemon with anything….yum!

  167. Nicola Phipps says:

    Carrot and Walnut 🙂 xx

  168. white chocolate and lemon 🙂

  169. Rhonda says:

    Chocolate fudge, tastes amazing.

  170. fionajk42 says:

    My favourite is banana cake. That’s not really a combination, so here’s a little story about when my daughter first made banana cake, aged 6 or 7. We were living in the Middle East which is sort of relevant as you have to hope this would not happen here. I was sitting at the kitchen table “supervising”. I told my daughter to carefully weigh the flour and then sift it into the mixing bowl. She did this very diligently, and then stood there looking at the sieve. I told her to add the next ingredients. She turned to me and said, “Mummy, what about these wiggly things, should I put them in the cake too?” I walked over and saw to my horror that the sieve was full of the most disgusting meal worms, which were too fat to go through the sieve. Banana & meal worm was not a combination we wanted to try so everything went in the bin.

    • Yuck!! You’ve made me laugh though! I had a similar experience in the South of France. Took ages before I could make cake again!

      • fionajk42 says:

        I was rather put off baking too, but it didn’t seem to phase my daughter who wanted to make a cake as soon as we could purchase new (hopefully fresh) flour. Thanks heavens we had sifted the flour otherwise we might have eaten those horrible creatures. Ugh!

        • When it happened to me, we didn’t sift the flour. I saw a moving thing (eurgh!) in the box of flour after I’d licked the bowl. Yuck, yuck, yuck!

  171. isis1981uk says:

    Vanilla & ginger

  172. Lisa Mauchline says:

    Strawberry and white chocolate

  173. Victoria Prince says:

    My favourite flavour combination in a cake is Dark Chocolate and Ginger!

  174. I love chocolate cake made with beetroot

  175. cara bemrose-williams says:

    dark chocolate & raspberry 🙂

  176. Kerry Smith says:

    Blueberry and lemon

  177. Roseanna Scott says:

    lemon and coconut-like a lemon drizzle

  178. Lisa Debz says:

    Got to be toffee cake yummmmmm

  179. Daniela Eigner says:

    I love orange and chocolate

  180. Laura Harrison says:

    Lemon and lime is very yummy xxx

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