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Whole Boiled Mandarin Cake

Whole Boiled Mandarin Cake

This recipe calls for boiling your mandarins and then blending them! Perfect for those little mandarins that aren't so easy peel. Since you are boiling the skin & pith too, it creates an amazingly zesty recipe which cuts through the sweetness. Enjoy!
  • 250g whole mandarins
  • 85g butter, melted
  • 100ml flavourless vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Wash the mandarins and add them whole to a small saucepan. Cover them with a little water and bring to the boil. Gently simmer for 30 minutes and then drain and allow to cool a little.
  2. Pop the whole mandarins in a food processor and wizz them up.
  3. Add the butter, oil, eggs and sugar to the mandarin puree and process to combine (make sure the mandarin mix is cool enough before adding the eggs, otherwise you'll make some scrambled eggs!)
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and process very quickly, until just combined. Don't overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased and lined cake or loaf tin.
  6. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, it should be very brown on top. Double check by popping a skewer in, it should come out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out onto a rack.
  8. Drizzle with an orange glaze or dust with icing sugar.


                Mandarin Glaze (optional)
                • 4 tablespoon mandarin juice
                • 2 tablespoon sugar
                1. Over low-medium heat, whisk sugar and mandarin juice in a small saucepan. Continue whisking until sugar has dissolved and mixture has thickened. Pour it over your cooled cake. Voila!

                    1 comment

                    • Delicious and easy recipe! I like how I didn’t have to peel those mandarins! Didn’t use the glaze but it was great without it. I’m sure I’ll be making this again.

                      Naomi on

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