Effortless Feijoa Cake Recipe That Rocks

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My Famous Effortless Feijoa Cake Recipe

Got lots of feijoas and don’t know what to do with them how about an effortless feijoa cake recipe? Well, speaking from experience they make for a pretty tasty cake.

Have you ever had feijoas? They’re these funky-looking green fruits with a slightly sweet, tangy taste with a gritty texture awesome for making cakes with. They are popular in New Zealand and parts of Australia.

This recipe is ridiculously easy to make – it comes together in just one bowl and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. With just a handful of basic ingredients, you can create this delicious cake that will impress everyone.

No need for fancy kitchen equipment or years of experience. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll have a deliciously moist and flavorsome cake that everyone will love!

If you’ve never cooked with feijoas before, you’re missing out! This effortless feijoa cake recipe is a great introduction to this delicious fruit.

Where Did Feijoas Originate

The feijoa is native to temperate regions of Southern Brazil, parts of Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Northern Argentina. However, they have been naturalized in many other countries including New Zealand.

In fact, New Zealand is now one of the primary producers of feijoas in the world. The fruit was introduced to New Zealand in the mid-1920s. Very quickly it was discovered that New Zealand had the perfect climate to grow feijoas.

This unique fruit has flowers that have a remarkable resemblance to our New Zealand national flower the Pohutukawa tree.

They were first discovered in 1815 by a little-known German explorer Friedrich Sellow who was a botanist and naturalist. He was one of the earliest European scientific explorers of Brazil.

Feijoas Flowers
Feijoa Flower

What Does Feijoa Fruit Taste Like

The taste of feijoas is a unique slightly sweet, tangy taste with a gritty texture, this is from the small fine seeds in the flesh.

The flavor can range from pineapple to guava or strawberry depending on how ripe you allow your feijoas to get before consuming them!

There are many varieties of feijoas. They are also called pineapple guava or guavasteen they are as versatile as pears and apples.

Fresh Feijoas
Fresh Feijoas

Can You Cook Feijoas

Yes, you can cook feijoas. There are a few recipes out there for cooking feijoas, I’ve created an awesome feijoa cake recipe that doesn’t require many ingredients, and it turns out really moist and flavorful.

Prepare and cook them in the same way as you would pears or apples. When using feijoas for cooking peel and dice the flesh. You can even cook and freeze the pulp for use all year round.

The feijoa plant is versatile, the fruit can be cooked or used in cocktails, and the flowers can be steeped in hot water to make tea. The wood can be used for smoking foods like pork, poultry, and seafood.

Feijoa Cake Recipe Ingredients
Feijoa cake ingredients top left clockwise white sugar, self-raising flour, unsalted butter,
vanilla essence, free range eggs, and organic feijoas.

Larder Stables And Must Have Kitchen Tools

  • I’ll make it easy for you. stock your kitchen with these basic ingredients – Butter, milk, Himalayan pink or quality sea salt, whole peppercorns, sugar, vinegar, virgin olive oil, and plain flour.

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You can’t be at a professional level in the kitchen unless you own a variety of high-end tools. Genius kitchen gadgets are an essential part of any home cook’s or aspiring chef’s arsenal. From some of the best chef knives, and kitchen cookware, to wooden cutting boards. These will set you apart from others and get you ready with what you need to start making meals like a chef.

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Seasoning Food

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • As a chef the most underrated ingredient in the kitchen is salt. When my recipes call for salt and pepper I use a variety of different salts and freshly ground black pepper.

Many chefs, including myself, prefer sea salt like Maldon salt flakes or Himalayan pink salt. Both can be used for cooking and finishing. They have a refined flavor that brings out the natural taste of food.

Effortless Feijoa Cake Recipe

Effortless Feijoa Cake Recipe

Delicious, Easy-To-Follow Cake Recipe That Will Make The Most Of Your Feijoas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 12 People
Calories 411 kcal


Feijoa Cake Batter

  • 8-10 each Feijoas - peeled and diced
  • ½ cup Sugar - white
  • ½ cup Butter - unsalted
  • 2 each Eggs - free range
  • ½ tsp Vanilla essence
  • ½ cup Milk - full cream
  • 1 cup Flour - self-raising


  • 1 cup Fruit or plain yogurt


Cake Batter

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC or 356ºF.  Peel and dice the feijoas, place them to one side.
    Peeled and Dice Feijoas
  • Cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs one at a time and mix after each addition. Add the vanilla essence.
    Fold in the flour. Split the diced feijoas into two, place half into the cake batter and blend the other half to a pulp and mix into the batter.
    Feijoa Cake Batter
  • Line the base and sides of a springform tin with baking paper, pour the cake batter into the tin.
    Feijoa Cake Batter In Cake Tin
  • Place into the middle of the pre-heated oven for 45 – 50 minutes.
    When cooked the feijoa cake should be springy if unsure insert a skewer in the center if comes out clean it's cooked.
    Cooked Feijoa Cake

Serving The Feijoa Cake

  • Let the feijoa cake stand for 10 – 15 minutes before unmoulding from the cake tin.
    When cool, portion into 12 even pieces, and serve with fruit or plain yogurt and some fresh feijoas. 
    Plated Feijoa Cake Recipe
Keywords Baking, Feijoa, Feijoa Cake

Serving Size: 80g Slice Feijoa Cake, Fruit yogurt, and English mint.
Calories 411 | Total Fat 12.6 g | Carbohydrates 68 g | Fiber 1 g | Protein 6 g | Iron 0.8 mg

Baking Your Own Feijoa Cake

Feijoas are delicious fruit that can be used in all sorts of sweet and savory dishes. However, to enjoy their unique flavor, the best way to eat feijoas is to bake them inside a cake.

The best icing for feijoa cake is lemon icing, plain or fruit yogurt. Lemon icing and yogurt add another layer of flavor that compliments the cooked feijoas. They both help cut through the richness of the feijoa cake without overshadowing it.

The feijoa cake recipe I’ve shared with you pairs the fruit with fruit yogurt, but feel free to experiment with different frostings or toppings. If you can’t find feijoas, you can substitute another type of fruit, such as apples or pears. Whatever fruit you use, this cake is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it!

Baking a cake is an easy task to complete. For the best results, always have room-temperature eggs on hand and use butter that has been softened before creaming it with sugar for greater accuracy when creating your masterpiece!

Using cold or overly acidic ingredients will cause the batter to split which may cause cracks during the baking process which would result in a dense cake. However, it will still taste great. This is one of the many easy-to-follow cake recipes.

Following these simple guidelines when cooking this feijoa cake recipe you’ll create something amazing that everyone will love.

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