Mandarin Almond & Cardamom Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

RatingDifficultyAdvanced
Prep Time40 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr 30 mins
 4 whole mandarins
 3 eggs, room temperature
 125 g castor sugar
 160 g almond meal
 ¼ tsp cardamom
 1 tsp baking powder
Cream Cheese Icing
 250 g cream cheese
 180 g icing sugar, sifted
 1 mandarin, rind only
  tsp rose water (optional)
 Rose petals
 ½ cup mixed dried fruit, cranberries, figs
 ¼ cup pistachios
1

Heat oven to 160°C fan forced. Grease and line a 20cm baking tin.

2

In a large pot, boil mandarins for 1 hour, and change the water three times.

3

Carefully Set cut into four and remove any seeds. In a blender or food processor, blitz until smooth. Set aside to cool.

4

In a kitchen mixer, add the eggs and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Fold through almond meal, cardamom and baking powder.

5

Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until set. Set aside to cool.

6

To prepare the icing, beat cream cheese, icing sugar, mandarin rind and rose water (if using) for 2-3 minutes or until combined. (Do not overmix or mixture will become runny!)

7

To serve, top cooled cake with icing and decorate with rose petals, dried fruit and pistachios.

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Ingredients

 4 whole mandarins
 3 eggs, room temperature
 125 g castor sugar
 160 g almond meal
 ¼ tsp cardamom
 1 tsp baking powder
Cream Cheese Icing
 250 g cream cheese
 180 g icing sugar, sifted
 1 mandarin, rind only
  tsp rose water (optional)
 Rose petals
 ½ cup mixed dried fruit, cranberries, figs
 ¼ cup pistachios

Directions

1

Heat oven to 160°C fan forced. Grease and line a 20cm baking tin.

2

In a large pot, boil mandarins for 1 hour, and change the water three times.

3

Carefully Set cut into four and remove any seeds. In a blender or food processor, blitz until smooth. Set aside to cool.

4

In a kitchen mixer, add the eggs and sugar and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Fold through almond meal, cardamom and baking powder.

5

Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until set. Set aside to cool.

6

To prepare the icing, beat cream cheese, icing sugar, mandarin rind and rose water (if using) for 2-3 minutes or until combined. (Do not overmix or mixture will become runny!)

7

To serve, top cooled cake with icing and decorate with rose petals, dried fruit and pistachios.

Mandarin Almond & Cardamom Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
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