Yogurt Bundt Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce

Yogurt Bundt Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce
Yogurt Bundt Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce
This passion-fruit-drizzled cake gets its tangy moist crumb from yogurt.Ingalls Photography

In desolate northern Nevada, the massive festival Burning Man conjures a weeklong city from thin air, bringing pop-up restaurants, bakeries, and bars. Greek yogurt provides a moist crumb to this delectable cake, served during Victoria Davies' Pacificana-themed dinner at a pop-up supper club. The simple dessert, which first appeared in our June/July 2014 issue with Kevin Farrell's story "Fire in the Desert," gets its nuttiness from toasted sesame seeds and sweet tropical tang from passion fruit syrup.

Yogurt Bundt Cake with Passion Fruit Sauce
In desolate northern Nevada, the massive festival Burning Man conjures a weeklong city from thin air, bringing pop-up restaurants, bakeries, and bars. Greek yogurt provides a moist crumb to this delectable cake, served during Victoria Davies' Pacificana-themed dinner at a pop-up supper club. The simple dessert, which first appeared in our June/July 2014 issue with Kevin Farrell's story "Fire in the Desert," gets its nuttiness from toasted sesame seeds and sweet tropical tang from passion fruit syrup.
Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 18 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 12 cups sugar
  • 10 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, plus more
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen passion fruit purée, defrosted
  • 1 tbsp. black sesame seeds, lightly toasted

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat 1 cup sugar and the butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in yogurt and vanilla. With the motor running, slowly add dry ingredients until batter forms. Transfer to a greased 10" bundt pan, and smooth top. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, 45 minutes to an hour. Let cake cool completely, then invert onto a serving platter and slice.
  2. Bring remaining sugar, the passion fruit purée, and 12 cup water to a simmer in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and sauce is slightly thickened, 1–2 minutes, and let cool. Drizzle sauce over cake slices; garnish with sesame seeds.