From garden to kitchen: Mandarin and almond cake

Last year, we lost a heap of mandarins to a flock of rowdy cockatoos. This year, we wised up and placed a net over our tree. It totally worked. We now have a tree brimming with gorgeous little golden fruits that are just starting to ripen. So on the weekend, I made a mandarin cake.
This cake is so moist and rich. It is not overly sweet, thanks to the zing of the mandarins which is used whole - peel and all. The use of ground almonds means this is also suitable for those who are wheat intolerant.

Mandarin and almond cake

Ingredients

3-4 small mandarins, washed
3 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
200g ground almond
1 teaspoon baking powder

Method

1. Place mandarins in a pot a cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours.

2. Drain mandarins and allow to cool. Roughly chop, removing and discarding any seeds. Place mandarin and puree in food processor until smooth.

3. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. Grease a round 22cm springform pan and line base with non-stick baking paper.

4. Whisk eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Add mandarin puree, ground almonds and baking powder and stir with wooden spoon until combined. Pour into springform pan.

5. Bake for 30 minutes or until skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

PS: This recipe is available in a printer friendly version here.

33 Responses to From garden to kitchen: Mandarin and almond cake

Jane said...

wow! this looks so delicious. i'm so curious to know what i tastes like. i don't think i've ever had mandarin cake before!

Anouka said...

The cake looks perfect! I have never tried one with mandarin flavour but it sounds like a delicious creation.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

This cake looks delicious! It must be great to have a tree loaded with fruit at home. If I can find organic mandarins, I'd like to try this recipe.

OtherMix said...

Looks pretty good! :]

Wouldn't try to use the whole of them if they are storebought though, too much bad stuff on them :x

Ananka said...

Wow this looks very tasty! Great idea about the almonds for the wheat intolerance! I'm lactose intolerant so I'd be able to eat this as well! I can almost imagine what it tastes like :-)

We've only got boring old apples in our gardens and a friend gave my husband some herbs. Hehe need to grow more stuff!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

YUM!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This flavor combination sounds absolutely delectable!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Oh, yummy! The cake looks so good!

Pamela RG said...

Hi Trishie, I have never tried mandarin cake before. This recipe must taste so good. Well done Trishie.

rooth said...

Oo yay gluten-free! I'm trying this very soon

Rose said...

I love tangarine or mandarin cake! Love the smell and taste of the cake. Lovely baking, Trishie!

Sharlynn Ng said...

This looks freaking delicious! I'm a lover of almond cake and I love mandarin so this would be a great easy cake to make!!! I will totally be bookmarking this to make, thanks for the recipe trishie!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

Aren't the mandarins so good now - we have been enjoying them here.
Thanks for sharing the cake recipe, it looks delicious.
Happy week
hugs
Carolyn

orchid Miyako said...

I have just had cake (which I bought, haha) for a snack. Oh, looks really delectable, I wish I could try it with you♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

burntfeather said...

ooh lovely and even better that I'm being dairy free at the moment :) Whenever we get our own land, I'm making it a priority to plants lots of fruit trees!

MITCH said...

I like mandarins :9 this must be so yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

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Alicia Mackin said...

Hi I do not use Dressing Ken anymore I started a new blog this year called ALLIE NYC. This sounds good, I know it is fall there, here it is summer may be a bit warm for this but will try making this when fall arrives.

Allie of ALLIE NYC
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Ladybird Diaries said...

This looks gorgeous! I love mandarins. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Marianne x

Phoebe Limanta said...

That looks so delish and moist! It's always so nice to see Australian bloggers :) I just wanted to come by and say hi!

Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

Cathleen said...

This cake looks delicious!

Oh Sunnie Day said...

That looks so good! Makes me wish I had some fruit trees!!

xx

jen

MaysaAndSunshine said...

I must try this cake as the combination sounds so interesting and refreshing. Very unique recipe. Thank you for sharing, Trishie.

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

What a perfect little cake! I wish I had a mandarin tree!!

Paisley said...

It's so cool that you can use the fruit from your own backyard! This cake looks sooo good!
xx,

Paisley

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Julia Paige said...

THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!! yum.

Tina Bradley said...

Yum! This cake looks so good! Too cool you have your own mandarin tree! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

My Garden Diaries said...

Now this just looks like heaven on a plate friend! I love the idea of using oranges in a cake and it looks so divine! Thanks for sharing and I am so glad to hear that you have so much fruit coming in with your new net system! Have a great week lady! Nicole xoxo

azurachan said...

The recipe looks simple. I bet it is so delicious... yumm...

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

I can imagine this would be perfect with a cup of tea.

Sam said...

You always share the most fantastic recipes, this looks divine. Thanks for your opinion on my last post...hope your week is going well.

Kylie R. said...

That looks sooo delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Must try this on my free time.

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Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

This cake looks yummy. I made a similar version, only I used oranges instead of mandarin. We did the same thing with our apples, we covered them with nets.
Thank you Trishie for stopping by at my humble blog. I hope I can link in next time.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Blessings.
Aida

Jay said...

Oh how I wish we could grow citrus fruits in our garden, sadly the weather won't let it happen - the cake sounds and looks delicious!