Mandarin and almond cake

Gluten-free mandarin and almond cake

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Serves: 12

Calories: 260

This mandarin and almond cake is such a wonderful dessert, made with whole mandarins and almond flour. A delicious twist on a flourless orange cake. This mandarin and almond cake is incredibly moist and bursting with fresh citrus flavor. It’s dairy free too!

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Mandarin and almond cake

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Serves: 12
  • Calories 260


  • 500 g mandarins, fresh (5-6 medium-sized)
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 325 g almond meal, (almond flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp sliced almonds
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  • 1)

    Wash the mandarins put them in a saucepan covered with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour.

  • 2)

    Drain, cool and cut mandarins in half and remove seeds. Do this on a plate so you don’t lose any juice or pulp. Put the mandarins (pith, skin, juice and fruit) in a food processor (alternatively use a hand-held blender) and process until pureed and completely smooth. Weigh of 250 grams of puree and set aside.

  • 3)

    Preheat the oven to 170°C conventional heating (top-bottom heat). Butter or oil a springform cake tin and line with baking paper.

  • 4)

    Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar on a medium high speed until light and creamy. Fold in the almond flour, mandarin puree and baking powder. Mix carefully until well combined.

  • 5)

    Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth out evenly. Top with sliced almonds.

  • 6)

    Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. If the cake is browning too fast, cover loosely with a sheet of foil.

  • 7)

    Set aside for 15 minutes to cool, then remove from the pan to finish cooling. Optionally dust with powdered sugar.


The indicated nutritional value is based on standard tables and therefore an estimated total. The indicated nutritional value is intended for informational purposes and should only be used as a general guideline. No rights can be derived from the data in the nutritional table.




  • Claire

    August 19, 2022 at 05:22

    This cake is absolutely delicious! It has a beautiful tang to it and is light and airy. I did end up with about a cup of extra puree though so am wondering if anyone has any ideas of how to use this?

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