Best Mandarin Orange Cake

If you are a mandarin orange lover like me, then you will adore this incredible mandarin orange cake. It is easy so refreshing, and yet pretty delicious, especially if you top it with a mandarin orange sauce and some caramelized orange skin! it’s a pure delight ❤️
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This mandarin orange cake is one of the best and most flavorful cake recipes I have made. I love both mandarin orange and poppyseeds, and the mix of them was incredibly delicious. 

Since the day I first made this cake, it became one of my favorite all-time cake recipes.

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Easy Mandarin orange cake

Mandarin orange: a must have ingredient in this cake

Mandarins are a citrus fruit that is generally smaller and sweeter than oranges. They are very rich in water (over 85%). They are also moderately energetic fruits, just like melon, apricot, or orange. With a caloric intake of approximately 53 kcal per 100 g.
Mandarins are rich in vitamin C and A, this makes then one of the best food that strengthen the immune system and help us deal with winter infections such as the flu and the common cold.
With its beautiful orange color and tangy scents, mandarin boosts winter gloom. The incredible mix of sweetness and sourness they have makes them a great choice to include in an endless list of winter recipes.

From your early morning sunshine smoothie to a late sweet dessert at the end of the day, the combinations you can have are quite diverse!

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Secrets to make a successful mandarin orange cake

Here are a couple of things you should know about this mandarin orange cake recipe:

It is important to use eggs at room temperature. It is a hint I have learned from my mom that gives me always great results.

Always sift the flour with the baking powder for a perfect distribution, even if it is a flour with baking powder incorporated.

To accentuate the taste and make the cake soft, I recommend soaking the hot cake with the lukewarm or almost cold mandarin cream prepared in this recipe.

In this recipe, I have used fresh mandarins, but you can use any other oranges from their family. The only condition is to use oranges with thin skin so that you will not end up with a bitter cake.


Easy Mandarin orange cake

Best Mandarin Orange Cake

This mandarin orange cake is one of the best and most flavorful cake recipes I have made. I love both mandarin orange and poppyseeds, and the mix of them was incredibly delicious. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 6 people


For the batter you will need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 medium mandarin oranges
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup melted butter mixed with vegetable oil (you can also use only butter or oil)
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 14 g baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds to sprinkle over the cooking pan (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • A pinch of salt

(Optional) For the mandarin cream, you will need:

  • The juice of 4 mandarin oranges
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

(Optional) For the caramelized orange skin, you will need:

  • The skin of 4 or 5 mandarin oranges
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • water


Prepare the cake

  • To prepare the mandarin orange butter you will need, first, to soak the oranges in hot water and cover them for around 30 minutes.
    Then, cut the oranges into small pieces while keeping the skin, remove oranges seeds if any before blending them in your food processor.
  • Mix well the wet ingredients: eggs, sugar, butter and oil, and lemon juice and zest.
  • Add the orange mixture and mix until everything is perfectly combined.
  • Now add the flour mixed with the baking powder and mix gently using a spatula. when incorporated, the poppy seeds and the vinegar and mix again.
  • Grease a loaf pan using butter or oil spray, sprinkle it with poppy seeds, then transfer the mixture to it.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170°C for around 40 minutes. You can check the cooking by inserting a toothpick. When it comes out clean, the cake is perfectly cooked.
  • When the cake is cooked, let it rest for 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan and let it cool in a wire rack.
  • Serve it topped with mandarin orange cream and garnished with caramelized mandarin skin.
    Mandarin orange glazed

Prepare the orange cream

The orange cream is not necessary for the cake, but it really adds an intense flavor to it. Here are the steps to make it:

  • Put the orange juice and sugar in a saucepan. Then add the cornstarch and stir well with a whisk.
  • Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring often.
  • When it becomes perfectly creamy, remove it from the heat.
  • Allow it to completely cool before using it.
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Serve your mandarin orange cake !

This mandarin cake is perfect to start the day. You can serve it at your breakfast along with a Moroccan tea, a lemon smoothie, a lemonade, or any drink of choice.

I serve it quite often with a bit of the orange cream to get more freshness

Enjoy my dears!

Mandarin orange cake


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