Food blog love
Mandarin Almond Cake
28 Dec 2012


Mandarin Almond Cake | Snap a Bite

Curiosity killed the cat, but luckily it left the cake unharmed. For it was inquisitiveness that drove me to bake cake that has NO BUTTER OR FLOUR. I’ll let that sink in.

What it did have is mandarins, almonds, eggs and sugar. Mandarins don’t sound weird enough? How about you boil ‘em for two hours?

Mandarin Almond Cake | Snap a Bite

The cake was... appreciated. The test subjects remarked that they thought the concept was exquisitely executed. The only question that remained was where to place this concept. We call it cake, but it did not conform to the associated standards. This is not to say it tasted bad. It tasted quite good but also... uncategorised.

Mandarin Almond Cake | Snap a Bite

Perhaps it’s best to end with a word of warning: this ‘cake’ is best left to those in an adventurous mood. If you do happen to like it but have to deal with naysayers, just remind them: “like the Romans used to say: de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est.” And while they look up what it means, you have a few moments to feel smug with your cake.

Snap A Bite by RSS Snap A Bite on Facebook

Mandarin Almond Cake

Preparation time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 60-70 minutes
Serves: 10-12 servings


 show US units 
3 mandarin(s) (whole and washed)
230 gr sugar (fine)
6 egg(s)
200 gr almonds (ground)


Boil the mandarins for 2 hours. Make sure they are submerged.
When ready, remove them from the water and let cool.
Remove seeds and puree (skin included).
Beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy.
Add the almonds and mandarins.
Stir well.
Pour the dough into a greased and flowered springform tin.
Bake for 60-70 minutes on 160°C/320°F.
Once ready, leave to cool in the tin.

For the topping: go crazy with chocolate ganache, caramelised orange zest, grilled shaved almonds and/or whipped cream.


recipe from Best of Bill


Notes from readers

Patricia | The Answer Is Cake  •  12/28/2012 6:12:24 PM
I'm all for adventurous baking and would certainly give this a shot - love the mandarin / chocolate combo.
Fabri  •  12/29/2012 11:30:32 AM
I made the same cake with 2 oranges instead of mandarins (and added some cinnamon) the result was fantastic and everyone loved it. I love it and I'm planning to do it again for this new year eve
E-mail (required but private)*    
leave a note