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Reunion Island lychee cake

An all-round dessert

The pink and scented fruit, creamy texture and sweet taste make the Reunion Island lychee cake a real gourmet delight. It’s always a pleasure to bake this cake for your family or for guests. A pleasure for the senses, with the discovery of new flavours. A recipe to be shared unreservedly.

Recipe for lychee cake: get your aprons on !

Preparation time20 minutes
DifficultyVery easy


  • Peel the lychees and remove the seed, cut them into big chunks.
  • Place the cling film into the cake mould, leaving some extra over the sides.
  • Melt the sugar in water on a low heat
  • Briefly soak the biscuits on both sides in the mixture
  • Place the biscuits in the bottom of the cake mould and around the sides
  • Mix the fromage frais, creme fraiche and sugar
  • Place a layer of cream, then a layer of lychees, then a few biscuits.
  • Carry on layering the mixtures
  • Keep in the fridge for 24 hours to make sure it holds together
  • Serve chilled


  • Lychees
  • Ladyfinger biscuits
  • Fromage frais
  • Creme fraiche
  • Cane sugar

Make sure you have some cling film and a charlotte or soufflé cake mould.


For those who prefer the alcoholic version, soak the biscuits in a small amount of liqueur or aged rum* (The abuse of alcohol is dangerous for your health, to be consumed in moderation)

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Our 5 top reasons to bake a lychee cake

The marmaille (kids) can help their parents with this easy-to-bake cake.

The recipe is very easy to prepare: you only need 5 ingredients !

The preparation only takes 20 minutes. Perfect for a last-minute snack.

It’s a good excuse for the children to discover the lychee, this strange-looking fruit from Reunion Island.

Just add candles and some white chocolate shavings and you’ve got the perfect birthday cake to share.

Good to know

The zoreilles (French people from the mainland) choose to spell the French word for lychees “litchi”, but on Reunion Island, they’re known as “letchis”!

Some recommendations

For the perfect lychee cake!

What can you serve with a lychee cake?


Are you looking for something to help you cool off from the warm Reunion Island sun? Serve your cake with a generous helping of ice cream. Lychees go perfectly well with raspberries, coconut or rose.

Do you fancy something natural? Add red fruit (strawberries, cherries, redcurrants…) or slices of exotic fruit (mango and pineapple) to give your dessert an added punch.

For those with a sweet tooth, add dark chocolate, white chocolate or milk chocolate shavings for a crunchy addition to your dessert.

Then sprinkle some finely sliced ginger onto the top of your lychee cake, to really surprise yours and your children’s taste buds.

What should we drink with lychee cake?


You can also apply food/drink matching for the children! Mango cordial or fresh pineapple juice is ideal with lychees and the children will love it.

For the adults, flavoured rum  is the perfect match for your lychee cake. *

* The abuse of alcohol is dangerous for your health, to be consumed in moderation