Durian Cake Recipe Ideas For Your Leftover Durian

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Durians can be an absolute joy to feast on given their creamy and sweet nature, and it’s easy to go on a massive buying spree when the King of Fruit is in season! However, what happens when you’ve eaten your fill of this delicious fruit but still have leftovers? Don’t let the leftover durian stink up your fridge! Take a cue from our easy durian cake recipes roundup and turn that yummy golden flesh into light-as-air chiffon or butter cakes. Baking with durian doesn’t have to be hard — check out our durian cake recipes if you’re looking for different ways to indulge in your favourite fruit!

Easy durian cake recipes to make at home

1. No Bake Durian Cheesecake

When it comes to durian cake recipes, durian cheesecake comes up top! Even amateur bakers will find this no-bake durian cheesecake recipe a breeze, as there’s no need to fret over oven temperature settings or fear of burning the cake. While it’s simple to prepare, the taste is anything but as the crunchy crust complements the mousse-like filling well. Due to its no-bake nature, one bonus tip we have when you’re learning how to make durian cakes like this is to whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. This helps you avoid making a runny mess!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours
Servings: 8 portions

Ingredients: 

  • 120g durian flesh (blended)
  • 150g condensed milk
  • 220g cream cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5g lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80ml cold heavy cream
  • 6g gelatin powder
  • 15ml cold water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g biscuits
  • 40g butter

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Start by melting the butter on low heat. Then, place your biscuits in a bag and crush them with a rolling pin.
  2. Combine both ingredients with a pinch of salt and mix well. Line a round cake pan (available on Anaeat Official Store) with the biscuit mix (remember to press down firmly to make sure the base holds up) and chill it in the fridge. 
  3. Using a stand mixer, mix the blended durian flesh, condensed milk, and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract, lemon juice, and zest.
  4. Whisk the cold heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add this into the main bowl to form your durian cream cheese layer.
  5. Microwave the gelatin powder (available on S-Mart by Shopee Official Store) for five seconds, then add a spoonful of the cream cheese filling and mix. Pour this gelatin mixture into the main bowl. 
  6. Remove your biscuit base from the fridge and pour the cream cheese layer on top. Then leave it in the fridge for four hours (or overnight).
  7. After the cake has solidified, remove the cake by inverting the pan and you’re ready to enjoy your tasty creation!

2. Durian Chiffon Cake

Durian chiffon cakes are perfect if you love the contrast between the rich fruit and the lightness of chiffon! What makes this durian cake recipe stand out is its use of vegetable oil instead of butter. The end result is a moist durian-flavoured cake that’s soft, fluffy, and definitely one of our favourite recipes when learning how to make durian cakes!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6 slices

Ingredients: 

  • 120g durian flesh (blended)
  • 50g corn oil
  • 70ml milk
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 120g plain flour
  • 5 eggs (separated)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 
  • 80g sugar

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 130-degree Celsius.
  2. Start your durian puree preparation by peeling the flesh off leftover durian seeds and using a Mayer hand blender (available on Mayer Official Store) to get a fine paste.
  3. Mix the corn oil, milk, and caster sugar in a bowl. Add flour, durian paste, and egg yolks and mix till it forms a batter.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until they turn white and opaque. Squeeze in a dash of lemon juice and add the sugar in small batches as you’re mixing the egg whites. Mix till stiff peaks form.
  5. Combine the egg white mixture and egg yolk batter by introducing a third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture. Fold the remaining egg white mixture in.
  6. Pour the combined mixture into a chiffon cake mould (available on Home Supplies), pop it into the preheated oven for an hour (130 degree-Celsius for 45 minutes and 160 degree-Celsius for the remaining 15 minutes).
  7. Let it cool before serving.

Pro tip: It’s easier to separate yolks from whites when eggs are first taken out of the fridge!

3. Durian Lava Cake

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Remember the gooey goodness that was last year’s tantalising durian lava cake from Domino’s Pizza? This durian cake appealed to those with a sweet tooth with its mouth-watering lava filling. Feeling #FOMO over skipping this sweet treat? Satisfy your lava cake cravings with this easy durian cake recipe instead!

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 8-10 minutes
Servings: 8 portions

Ingredients: 

  • 200g durian flesh (blended)
  • 110g butter
  • 4 tbsp yogurt
  • 65g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 220g fine sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Oil

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200-degree Celsius.
  2. Brush oil on your ramekins, then add a tablespoon of sugar in each and swirl the mix around to coat the sides and bottom.
  3. Whisk the remaining butter and add the durian puree, yogurt, vanilla extract, and sifted flour
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with salt and sugar until the mixture turns thick and light yellow
  5. Gradually fold the durian puree mixture into the egg mixture
  6. Fill the cups with the mixture and bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Leave your lava cakes to cool till room temperature and serve thereafter.

4. Durian Mousse Cake

Craving a more intense durian flavour from your durian cake recipes? Try baking a durian mousse cake! Durian mousse cakes pack a punch in the texture and flavour departments by offering fluffy sponge layers that pair well with the creamy durian puree. Attempt to give the legendary Goodwood Park durian mousse cake a run for its money with the recipe below!

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 portions

Ingredients: 

  • 400g durian flesh
  • 4 eggs (separated)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar 
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 80g sugar
  • 100g cake flour
  • 200ml milk
  • 5g gelatin
  • Sugar to taste
  • 300ml thickened cream

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170-degree Celsius.
  2. Combine oil, water and vanilla essence. Set aside for mixing later.
  3. Add salt and egg whites to the clean bowl and beat on medium speed until frothy with big bubbles.
  4. Add cream of tartar (available on Redman Official Store) and beat with a mixer until foamy, while gradually adding sugar until soft peaks form.
  5. Reduce to low speed and beat in the yolks, one at a time. Then, add in the oil mixture that was previously set aside.
  6. Add sifted flour and keep the beating going. Make sure not to overwork the batter or it’ll deflate.
  7. Use a spatula to gently scrape the mixture into a pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. Cover with cling wrap to prevent the cake from drying out.
  8. While the sponge cake is baking, start preparing the mousse. Add the milk and puree the durian flesh.
  9. Bloom the gelatin powder in cold water and let it sit for two minutes. Microwave it for five seconds so it can easily dissolve into the puree mixture.
  10. Whip the thickened cream until stiff peaks form. Thereafter, combine with the durian puree to form your durian mousse.
  11. Assemble the final product by spreading the durian mousse over the sponge cake. Use a cake slicer (available on Walfos Official Store) to divide the cake into separate layers so you can spread the mousse evenly.
  12. When you’re done layering and filling out crevices, freeze the cake overnight before serving it the next day!

5. Durian Butter Cake

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 portions

Known as pound cake among veteran bakers, the durian butter cake has to be the simplest recipe on our list if you want to learn how to make durian cakes on easy mode! With its sweet, buttery taste, you’ll love how both durian and butter flavours mesh to overwhelm your taste buds — in a good way! Using a small range of ingredients and simple baking techniques, it’s the perfect durian cake recipe to try if you’re new to baking.

Ingredients: 

  • 160g durian flesh (blended)
  • 180g butter
  • 140g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 120g cake flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degree-Celsius.
  2. Prepare the cake batter by first mixing butter with sugar. Then add in the eggs to form a golden yellow mixture.
  3. Mix the cake flour (available on S-Mart by Shopee Official Store) and baking powder. Add the mixture in two batches, making sure to mix well in between for easier dissolving. Once done, pop the blended durian flesh in and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour the batter into a baking tin (available on CHEFMADE Official Store) lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool and slice the cake so it’s ready for eating.

6. Durian Crepe Cake

This durian crepe cake certainly gives the no-bake durian cheesecake above a challenge! Preparing a durian crepe cake certainly isn’t easy given the amount of preparation work needed. Patiently work past this and you’ll discover a rewarding durian cake recipe that combines pleasing aesthetics with layers of luscious durian cream. 

Prep time: 60 minutes
Cook time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 portions

Crepe ingredients: 

  • 3 eggs
  • 160g cake flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 30g corn starch
  • 50g butter
  • 400ml milk

Filling ingredients:

  • 120g durian flesh
  • 200ml thickened cream
  • 40g sugar

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Starting with the crepe batter, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and cornstarch while sifting in cake flour.
  2. After this is done, gradually pour in the milk and melted butter. Whisk away until there are no lumps.
  3. Refrigerate the crepe batter for 30 minutes before preparing it for pan-frying. Remember to brush oil on the sides so the batter won’t stick. Cook until both sides are golden brown.
  4. Deseed the durian flesh and blend until it turns into a fine paste.
  5. Begin whipping the thickened cream and sugar until stiff peaks appear. Following this, carefully fold in the durian paste and mix well.
  6. Start forming the mille crepe by alternating between laying a pancake crepe down and spreading the durian filling over it. Repeat until you achieve the desired height.
  7. Once done, cover the durian crepe cake with cling wrap and refrigerate it for at least three hours so it can set.

7. Burnt Durian Cheesecake

We definitely saved the best for the last with this one! Hopping on the Basque-style burnt cheesecake trends, this localised version uses our King of Fruit to make a luscious burnt durian cheesecake. Slightly crisp on the outside, all wobbly and jiggly inside, what’s not to love about that caramelised skin and custard middle? Burnt durian cheesecakes are intentionally baked with high heat so you can achieve that caramelised top, but this is definitely a beginner-friendly durian cake recipe since you won’t need to worry about accidentally burning the cake during the baking process.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 portions

Ingredients: 

  • 130g durian flesh (blended)
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 20g icing sugar
  • 30g condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg white
  • 5g corn starch
  • 115ml whipping cream

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 230 degree-Celsius.
  2. Begin by mixing the cream cheese, condensed milk, and icing sugar until the mixture is smooth. Then add corn starch to increase overall thickness.
  3. Add the three egg yolks and one egg white gradually, making sure each yolk is beaten well before proceeding to add the blended durian flesh and whipping cream.
  4. Pour the final mixture into a cake tin lined with parchment paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until the top gets slightly burnt.
  5. Let it cool to room temperature. Then pop it into the refrigerator to set for three hours.

8. Durian Ogura Cake

Fancy a change from the average durian cake recipes? Unlike the other durian cake recipes mentioned above, the durian ogura cake requires a water bath baking method! Due to its egg-heavy recipe, ogura cakes require extra moisture to rise and give shape to its fluffy self. By adding steam to the formula, the cake can rise and get that cloud-like texture! The end result is a flawless brown top that beautifully contrasts its creamy yellow center.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients: 

  • 50g durian flesh (blended)
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 50g caster sugar
  • ⅛ tsp cream of tartar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg white
  • 35ml vegetable oil
  • 50g flour

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140 degree-Celsius.
  2. Begin by mixing four egg yolks, one egg white, vegetable oil, and durian puree. Then sift in the flour and mix in the salt until you get a thick blend.
  3. Separately combine the three remaining egg whites with caster sugar and cream of tartar, and whisk away till you get a white, cloudy consistency.
  4. Combine both of these mixtures in two parts and mix them until you get an even batter for baking.
  5. Carefully pour the mixture into a square mould (available on CHEFMADE Official Store) lined with parchment paper and bake for about an hour. 
  6. Be sure to also include a hot water bath so the top of your cake doesn’t dry up and crack. You can do this by placing the square mould in a roasting pan and filling it with some water. Make sure the water level isn’t too high that it makes contact with your cake mixture.
  7. For a more convenient alternative, you can also place a pool of water next to the mould. 

9. Durian Custard Cake

No list of durian cake recipes would be complete without some good old custard cake! Durian custard cakes leverage upon the ingredients’ richness to deliver an eggy winning formula. By complementing the natural sweetness of durians with a silky custard consistency, you’ll adore how everything meshes to satisfy your inner sweet tooth! Experience the creamy and sugary goodness of durian custard cake by trying the recipe below.

Prep time: 50 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 portions

Cake ingredients:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 egg white
  • 20g caster sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 60g corn oil
  • 60ml milk
  • 100g plain flour
  • 10g cornflour
  • Separate batch of 4 egg whites and 80g caster sugar

Filling ingredients:

  • 120g Durian flesh paste
  • 2 tbsp custard powder
  • 30ml milk
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 150ml milk
  • 20g butter
  • 180g non-dairy whipping cream

How to make this durian cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 140 degree-Celsius.
  2. Begin with the cake batter. First, whisk the corn oil, milk, salt, vanilla essence, and caster sugar together. Then sift in both plain and cornflour.
  3. Next, add five egg yolks and one egg white into this batch and whisk away.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat four egg whites while pouring in 80g caster sugar in three batches. Do this until stiff peaks form.
  5. Combine the egg white mixture with the batter and mix well.
  6. Once done, bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 140 degree-Celsius, 10 minutes at 160 degree-Celsius and 10 minutes at 180 degree-Celsius.
  7. Leave the cake to cool while working on the custard. Start by blending the durian flesh into a fine paste and mixing in milk, sugar, and custard powder. Mix until smooth.
  8. Thicken the mixture by heating up the excess milk over a gentle flame and pouring in the custard mix. Stir until thickened before adding in butter and continuing the stirring process.
  9. Cover the paste with cling film and let it cool. Once done, whisk the non-dairy whipping cream until stiff peaks form and add it in to have your custard end product.
  10. As for cake assembly, slice the cake proportionately and spread custard on top of each portion. Then, layer the cake on top of each slice. Pipe some custard on the topmost slice to complete your durian custard cake recipe.

Exciting baking adventures await with these durian cake recipes

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