Mandarin Orange Cake

    Mandarin Orange Cake

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    If you fancy a fresh, light, citrusy cake for a change from the rich chocolate varieties, this mandarin orange cake is for you. The light sponge layers are topped with a light citrusy cream and fresh mandarin orange segments. If mandarins aren't in season, try using drained mandarins from a tin.

    Ingredients
    Makes: 1 (18cm) cake

    • Cake
    • 150g self raising flour, sifted
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 150g unsalted butter or margarine
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 eggs
    • Citrus Cream
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 2 tablespoons Cointreau or Grand Marnier
    • 225ml whipping cream
    • 250g mandarin orange segments, or 1 (310g) tin, drained

    Directions
    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:1hour  ›  Ready in:2hours5min 

    1. Cake: Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Grease two 18cm cake tins, then line the bottom and sides with baking paper.
    2. Add the sifted flour into a bowl along with the sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs then beat well with a wooden spoon or electric mixer, until the mixture is light in colour and fluffy.
    3. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the two cake tins, and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the cakes test done in the centre. Invert onto a wire rack to cool.
    4. Citrus Cream: Whip together the icing sugar, orange liqueur and cream until stiff peaks form.
    5. To Assemble: When the cake is cool, place the first layer on a cake plate and top with half of the citrus cream. Arrange orange segments over the top, then cover with the second cake. Top the cake with the remaining cream, then with the remaining orange segments.
    6. For best results, chill in the fridge for a bit before serving to allow the cake to set nicely.

    Ideas

    For even more citrus flavour, try adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of finely grated orange zest to the citrus cream.
    Instead of orange liqueur, you could use 2 teaspoons of orange flower water in the citrus cream for a non-alcoholic cake.
    Other fresh fruits could work just as well with this cake and the citrus cream. Raspberries would work a treat.

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