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Lisa Harris' Passion Fruit Cake

LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has over twenty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over eight years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. 

The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at or her blog at For more information about The ECHO Project, please visit

Lisa's Latest Book Release: Fatal Exchange

Desperate times create desperate people. And desperate people are dangerous . . .
Though Emily Hunt comes from a family of cops, the relatively quiet life of a high school teacher suits her just fine. She’s saving up to buy a house, slowly moving forward after her brother’s death, and settling into a life she loves. So the last person she wants to spend time with is Mason Taylor.
An undercover cop, Mason is enemy number one as far as her family is concerned. His involvement in the death of Emily’s brother is still up in the air, and now he expects her to help him with a case. Mason has been working with one of her students, Rafael Cerda, whose brother has been kidnapped by a drug cartel. And with time running out to meet their demands, Rafael is getting desperate. Emily will have to draw on all of her strength to handle what happens next . . .

Fatal Exchange will draw you into a complex matrix of intertwining lives, unraveling secrets, and unexpected love.

Lisa's Recipe for Passion Fruit Cake

If you haven’t tried passion fruit before, you’re really missing out. They are plentiful where we live in Africa, fragrant and simply yummy. I eat them almost every day in a smoothie. For something sweet, here is a great recipe for a cake that is not only easy to make, but delicious.

3/4 cup butter softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup passion fruit pulp
2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the flour and passion fruit and mix well. Put in a greased 8 x 8 pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until comes clean with a toothpick.

Frosting: Mix together well 3/4 C of softened butter with 1 C of powdered sugar and 1/4 C passion fruit pulp.

This frosting isn't stiff, but was fantastic poured over the cake once it cooled. It's also very sweet, so this cake should serve about nine people.


  1. Thanks so much for letting me stop by!! Love looking through your recipes!

    1. Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for joining us as a Featured Author this month. I've never eaten Passion Fruit before. If I can find some in our store, I'll have to try this! Be blessed!