Mandarin Cake

This mandarin cake has a strong taste of mandarin and it’s very tasteful! Furthermore, it’s easy to make and deserves the detour :-) It comes from a Greek recipe (see reference below). The Greek recipe it’s a video recipe where you can find the steps :-)

Give it a try and you will be pleasantly surprised!

In two words:

“Everything is fragile: after having lived for a little bit, we do not know if we lived well or not”.

To Start...

difficulty easy
preparation– 30’
cooking - 45’ (for the cake) + 25’ (for the syrup)
serves - 10 slices (Cake mold of 23cm in length)


for the cake

  • 80gr of butter in room temperature
  • 100gr of caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125ml of mandarin juice
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 200gr of all-purpose flour
  • 1 mandarin

for the syrup

  • 125gr of caster sugar
  • 125gr of mandarin juice
  • 1 mandarin


before starting

  • The day before (or several hours before) take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften it

for the cake

  • Preheat the oven at 180°C
  • Butter the mold and cover it flour but remove the exceedance of flour
  • Wash the mandarin, cut it in four, and keep the skin on
  • Remove the seeds (if there are any)
  • Add the water into a casserole and turn the heat on
  • When it starts to boil, add the pieces of mandarin and let them boil for 2 minutes
  • When the 2 minutes have passed, remove the mandarin
  • Repeat the same process 3 times, starting from cold water
  • Leave the mandarin to chill a little bit
  • Mix it up with an electric chopper
  • In a bowl, add the flour and the baking powder and stir with a whisk
  • In a another bowl, add the butter and start beat it with an electric hand mixer
  • Add by batches the sugar and continue to beat
  • Add the eggs, one by one, and beat after each addition
  • Add the mandarin juice, and continue to beat
  • Add the vanilla extract, and continue to beat
  • Add the pieces of mandarin that you have mixed in the electric chopper, and continue to beat
  • Add by batches the mix flour/baking powder and stir everything together with a maryse
  • Pour the batter into the cake mold
  • Bake for 45’ (to check if it’s ready, you need to put a knife in the center of the cake and see if the blade comes out clean)
  • Move to the assembly steps

for the syrup

  • Peel the mandarin and separate the slices
  • Remove the seeds (if there are any)
  • Add into a casserole:
    • the mandarin juice
    • the water
    • the slices of mandarin
  • In very low heat, stir constantly the syrup with a maryse or a spoon for about 25’, it will become syrupy

bring it all together

  • Leave the cake and the syrup to cold a little bit before continuing
  • Remove the cake from the mold and place it into a plate
  • Pour on top the syrup and decorate with the slices of mandarin
  • Enjoy!


The recipe of Vaggelis Driskas as it was proposed to me by a friend (the recipe in the video is in Greek but you can see the steps)

o-o C'est si bon ! o-o

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