CNY Mandarin Orange Cake

January 27, 2009

Wow… it has been 3 months since I last baked! I am glad I managed to bake a cake with Mom and Xian on CNY Eve. We made mandarin orange cake. I adapted the basic butter cake recipe, added some orange juice and mandarin orange chunks. The texture of the cake is very fine but the mandarin orange chunks somehow melted, resulting a dense cake. The chunks turned bitter after baking. I am not sure why but I will not put orange chunks again into my orange cake in future.

Mandarin orange cake

The fine texture

Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe

230g butter

200g sugar

4 eggs

230g self-raising flour

1 orange (extract the juice and grate the zest)

2 mandarin oranges (cut into chunks)

1 mandarin orange (peeled into segments and removed all seeds for top decoration)

Orange colouring (optional)

Toasted walnut (optinal)


1. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl at medium speed till fluffy.

2. At low speed, slowly pour the eggs into butter mixture in 3 separate additions till well-combined.

3. Add orange juice and zest (you can add a little orange colouring if you want).

4. Gradually fold in flour in 3 separate additions till well-mixed.

5. Stir in mandarin orange chunks.

6. Pour batter into a round baking tin and arrange orange segments and some toasted walnuts on the surface.

7. Bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes.

8. Remove cake from oven and insert a skewer in the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean, it means it is done.


2 Responses to “CNY Mandarin Orange Cake”

  1. galantine2612 Says:

    WOw this looks so tasty, I’ve got to try it someday :X

  2. mimi Says:

    Happyu Niu Year!!!

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