Mandarine Cakes Recipe

Mandarine Cakes Recipe: The arrival of mandarin oranges on our fruit stands signals the arrival of the holiday season. Treat yourself to something amazing!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Clara Gonzalez


For the cake

  • 1 stick of butter at room temperature , plus extra to grease pan
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour , plus extra to flour pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs , at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of mandarin juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of mandarin zest

For the syrup

  • Peel of a quarter of a mandarin orange
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of mandarin juice
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • Seeds of 1/2 vanilla pod , or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


For the cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 ºF [175 ºC].
  • Grease and flour a 6-hole mini-bundt pan (see notes).
  • Sift flour and baking soda together. Set aside.
  • In a mixer bowl, using your paddle attachment, whisk the butter and sugar over medium speed until it turns a lighter color (about 1 minute). Add eggs, one at a time, beating 30 seconds between each egg. Add the mandarine juice beating until it has been mixed in thoroughly.
  • Increase the speed to maximum and add the flour in quarters, waiting until each quarter has been thoroughly incorporated before adding more.
  • Add the zest. and mix in.
  • Pour into the pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool to room temperature before removing from the pan.

For the syrup

  • Wash the mandarine peel. Scrape off the white layer from inside. Chop into thin slivers.
  • Mix water, juice, sugar, vanilla, and boil over very low heat until the liquid has reduced to half a cup.
  • When it's time to serve, bathe the cakes with the syrup and serve garnished with the peels.


In case you've never squeezed a mandarine before (I hadn't), just do it like a regular orange and remember to sieve before using.
I used this sylicone 6-hole mini-bundt pan that requires no greasing.