Aruba, Jamaica, ooh we want to bake ya. From mango to coconut and passion fruit to pineapple, tropical fruits have a way of transporting us to the best parts of summer. Highlighting creamy coconut pie, passion fruit Bundt cake, and a pineapple-packed Hummingbird cake, these fruity desserts punch up the sunshine and island flavor. You’ll almost feel the ocean breeze against your face and your toes sinking into the warm sand with every bite.
Think of this tropical Pineapple & Coconut Pie as a Piña Colada in pie form, minus the paper umbrella and rum.
A bite of these Mini Tropical Banana Bread loaves takes you on an island flavor getaway. Sweet pineapple, chewy coconut, and a tangy burst of Citrus Glaze combine for a sunny take on classic banana bread.
A less fussy, tropical take on the traditional cake, this one-layer stir-together comes together in a flash. Piled high with luscious swoops of Crème Fraîche Frosting and a halo of electric-orange sugared carrots, this beauty is just as eye-catching as the original.
4. Roasted Pineapple and Mango Pie
Smoky mango and bright pineapple unite in this tangy custard pie.
Perfumed with coconut extract, swirled with silky whipped cream, and studded with sweetened coconut flakes, this Coconut Skillet Cake is the perfect finale to any meal. The coconut lover in your life is about to be your biggest fan.
6. Passion Fruit and Lemon Curd Tart
We’re serving up a taste of the tropics with this vibrant Passion Fruit and Lemon Curd Tart. This summery indulgence celebrates the bright, tropical flavors with a velvety smooth balance between sweet and tart, plus a giant cloud of torched meringue on top.
We took the classic Brown Betty on a tropical vacation, and packed it with pineapple, passion fruit, and lime. Shredded coconut, sourdough bread crumbs, and almond meal create textural contrast between the bread and the soft fruit.
Classic Key lime pie gets a spicy upgrade with our Gingersnap Crust flecked with crystallized ginger. The filling gets extra volume and its whipped consistency from a trio of creamy ingredients: coconut cream, crème fraîche, and whipped cream. True to the original, this icebox pie is bursting with tangy, sweet-tart Key lime flavor.
9. Raspberry-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
The finished product features a crown of golden pineapples atop a loaf of rich raspberry-studded cake. With raspberries mixed right into the batter, this upside-down cake is the perfect fruity finale to any summertime meal.
Soft slices of mango are baked into a frangipane filling while a sweet basil crust rounds out the fruity-nutty flavor.
This inspired combination, a genius idea by baking blogger Kate Wood, of Key lime pie and crème brûlée is what dessert dreams are made of. The burnt sugar topping complements the tart pie filling and adds a touch of surprise to what is otherwise a simple dessert. For best results, make these pies ahead of time and brûlée them just before serving.
12. Passion Fruit and Chocolate Bundt Cake
This cake’s texture is between that of a classic pound cake and the incredibly moist texture of a polenta cake. It’s the perfect cake for elevenses, what Brits refer to as a morning coffee or tea break, or when a layer cake seems like too much effort.
13. Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake
Fluffy, moist, and filled with all kinds of coconut, this Coconut Buttermilk Pound Cake is a true crowd pleaser. Don’t skip the toasted flakes on top—the subtle crunch makes this cake absolutely irresistible.
14. Right-Side Up Pineapple Crumb Cake
Inspired by the upside-down classic, we flipped the script on this golden beauty. A brown sugar crumb topping and warm lemon glaze pair with pineapple rings to give this moist cake a sweet caramelized flavor.
15. Key Lime Pie
Our take on the beloved original key lime pie features a salty sweet crust and intense lime flavor thanks to a cup of juice from this pie’s tiny namesake citrus.
This creamy, tropical dessert makes use of unsweetened coconut milk in both the filling and the fluffy cloud of whipped topping.
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