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Dragon fruit cake

photo of a dragon fruit cake

The other day I was excited to see dragon fruit on sale at my local Ranch 99.  I can never resist buying dragon fruit whenever I see it displayed in front of me.  The bright fuchsia pink color is so alluring.  I always see people staring at the display as they walk by.  For some reason, I must look like some dragon fruit expert.  Every time I stand in front of the dragon fruit display, I am inevitably approached by someone inquiring into how the fruit tastes and how to eat it.  I almost want to direct them to my post on dragon fruits, found here.

With so many dragon fruits, I thought it would be fun to make a dragon fruit topped cake, using the easy cake recipe batter.  I had this design in my head, but when I went to top my cake with the fruit chunks, I changed my mind.  Then it was too late when I didn’t like the design I saw.  I also wanted some other fruit to go with dragon fruit, but I had nothing else really tropical to match my theme, so I used some kumquats I’m still trying to use up because they are too bitter to eat raw.

close-up photo of a dragon fruit cake on a plate

So the design didn’t come out exactly as I hoped, but the cake came out quite tasty.  The soft dragon fruit complements the cake batter very well.  The kumquats added a sour kick to the sweet cake.

photo of a cake with a slice removed


Dragon Fruit Cake

Servings: 1 (9-inch) cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Dragon fruit has a delicate sweet flavor which is nice complement to the soft cake. The kumquats add a sour note that balances out this sweet cake.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 dragon fruit cut into cubes
  • 2 kumquats thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder. Add in the sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil and mix to combine. Butter and flour an 8- or 9-inch cake pan and add in batter. Batter will be quite thick, so use a spoon to smooth out the top.
  • Place fruit slices on top of the batter, pressing them into the batter. Sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake for 50 minutes until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.


Cake batter recipe adapted from Food Librarian

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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photo of the cake ready to go in the oven

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14 comments on “Dragon fruit cake”

  1. Thank you for your ideas..very well thinking. Thank you again.

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  4. sup nice recipe

  5. Heehee! It’s okay, confessions on the internet don’t count!

  6. I apparently look like a cheese expert, I stand in front of the cheeses so long that people start asking me about different cheeses. I’m even more embarrassed to admit that usually I could answer their cheese questions. (Oh lord, did I really just confess to that on the Internet? LOL!)

  7. I have a hard time finding dragon fruit. I’ve only seen it at my chinese super market, Ranch 99. And it seems to be random when I do find it. Good luck on your search! Or you can always top this recipe with your favorite fruit or some other exotic fruit. =)

  8. Gorgeous photos-and what a tasty looking cake! I’ve actually never tried dragon fruit before but I think I may have to go out and search for it just so I can try out this recipe 🙂

  9. A lot of people don’t really like dragonfruit by itself because it doesn’t have much of a taste..I love it though. I love almost all tropical fruits.

  10. hi kirbie
    wow, that cake looks even more wild than the blood orange cake. i’ve never eaten dragon fruit, but i’ve tried the juice in a can. i actually saw some dragon fruit gum (it was mixed with another “tropical” flavor) – it didn’t taste that good.
    i will have to try making this too, along with the blood orange cake!

  11. Thanks! dragon fruit does look a bit like poppy seeds. hehe. I wish I had more tropical fruits lying around to add to this cake when I made it.

  12. At first glance, I thought the cake was strewn with poppy seeds! But dragon fruit is way more clever! You are too creative. 😉

  13. I’ve seen the decaying mess before too..but normally when I see them on sale, they are bright and shiny and pretty.

  14. Everytime I passed by the “discounted” dragon fruit at Ranch 99, they looked like a decaying mess. I’m surprised and it’s good to see that yours look fresh!

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