Monday, 18 April 2011

Jaffa deliciousness

Mandarins appeared in our fruit and veggie shop this week.

I love them. Who doesn't?

I eat the soft skins, which my children think is hilarious. I explain to them that the skin is soft, and this reminded me of an old Nigella recipe, a Clementine cake, where you boil the small oranges and blend them to make a cake.

I have long since lost my copy of Nigella's How To Eat, in which that recipe appears. (The book disappeared in a house move some years ago. I am still grieving for a stash of classic cook books that, I imagine, are being enjoyed by someone else somewhere around the Alice Springs region...)

But a similar, and perhaps even more delicious replacement recipe has been adapted, which I shall bake this week, with the new seasons Mandarins.

It is a cake that contains no flour, so is gluten free. (It uses almond meal instead of flour.)

It is THE most moist cake I have ever baked or eaten. It keeps all week, so is ideal for school holiday morning teas. It is divine and decandent served, warm, with ice cream and berries.

Jaffa Chocolate Cake

3 Mandarins
100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
50g butter
4 eggs
150g caster sugar
150g almond meal
1 tablespoon cocoa

1. Place the mandarins in a saucepan. Cover with cold water & bring to the boil. Reduce to a low heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the oranges and set aside to cool. Cut in half and remove any big pips. Puree all the mandarins in a food processor until finely chopped.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave, stir to combine until smooth and blended.
3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 22cm cake pan with non-stick baking paper. OR, line a large muffin tin with greased muffin papers.
4. Use an electric beater to beat the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until well combined.
5. Fold in the almond meal, cocoa, orange puree and chocolate mixture until well combined.
6. Pour into the cake pan or into muffin cases. Bake for about an hour for a cake, or 30 minutes for muffin sized cakes. A skewer inserted should come out clean. Allow to cool in the pan.
7. Dust with icing sugar and serve with ice cream and berries.

Let me know what you think?


Total calories inhaled - 1335 ~ Exercise calories burned - 566 ~ Glasses of water sculled - 10 (!) ~ Weight lost since last week - 0.8kg   ~ Hours of glorious sleep - 6.5


  1. Yum - sounds delish, Lucy!!!! I might work on an egg-free version, although I have serious doubts about that particular translation...
    May I say, just while I'm here (and before I dash off to change the baby's nappy and stop the new puppy from destroying the back door trying to get in) that your weight loss ticker is looking mighty fine this morning - that's another 800 grams since yesterday, no? Diminishing Lucy, indeed!!! You are an inspiration to someone who has slightly fallen off the WW would think that 7 kilos to goal would be manageable, wouldn't you? Perhaps I might not make your gorgeous cake just yet...but well done to you, my love!!!!

  2. Thank you. Yep. another 800g last week. Had a hedonostic weekend, which I may pay for this week. And less exercise this week, I suspect, as it's school hols so less time to self. But I am on the right track...thank you for noticing!

  3. Life In A Pink FibroApril 18, 2011

    Yum. EVen with the word moist in it.

  4. Megan BlandfordApril 18, 2011

    Sounds beautiful!

    My daughter is eating mandarins faster than I can buy them at the moment - she'd love the combo of cake and mandarins!

  5. I can never recall who hates that word, sorry! (You and Annie, I now remember!)

    Your cheesecake is featuring next week too BTW...


  6. I just dished it up for morning tea for six kids - not a crumb left....

  7. Yum! Must try your recipe - or better still, get the girls to whip it up when they get bored and want something yummy to eat this afternoon ;)
    Lovin' those stats! Well done!
    Jealous of your hours of sleep - woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't drift off until about 4am...

  8. Oh, that looks amazing. And what a nice change from oranges. I want to give it a try. I love moist cakes...and it looks quite easy too.

  9. Mocha LatteApril 18, 2011

    I love mandarin oranges!!! I totally enjoy them with cottage cheese. This recipe sounds delicious. But what is almond flour? I have never heard of it and is it hard to find?

  10. It is SO simple. I made it with about 46 interruptions - it is play date central here today - 6 kids!

  11. Almond meal or almond flour - ground almonds - from either the baking section or the nut section or the health food section of the supermarket.

  12. Arrrhgh. Hate the 4am wake up.

  13. I don't know what it is, but the minute citrus hits the choc, I'm over and out. Helpful, really. x

  14. Really? That is handy!

    I, on the other hand, have gorged....


  15. seraphimspApril 18, 2011

    Lucy this looks lethal. And by lethal I mean delicious.

  16. Thea SmithApril 18, 2011

    Oh Lucy...your recipes are always so mouth-watering!
    Can you come live with me though, 'cause I still hate to bake! ;)

  17. MultipleMumApril 18, 2011

    Sounds divine! Have been looking for a mandarin recipe - we get 100 in our vegie box in winter and can never get through them (only one child eats them!). This will definitely get a try this winter. And...0.8! Even with the Indian feast!? Top stuff Miss Lucy. Top stuff!

  18. Chantelle EllemApril 18, 2011

    Chocolate and orange/madarin is a marriage made in heaven. x

  19. Oh Lucy. I felt so sad when I read this post, because I scrolled down, saw the photo and thought, oh no. It's all burnt.

    And then, like a beacon of Light across the night sky .. I realised, it's not burnt. IT'S CHOCOLATE. And then I died and used a heart defibulator and now I'm alive and I'm going to make that one day soon. Oh yes. XOX

  20. I have been having slices all day, and it IS lethal.

  21. It WAS a bit burnt round the edges, but not so's you ever notice or care - the chocolate mandarin thing in your gob takes away any toasted flavor....

    Make it, bake it, stuff if in! xx

  22. I keep going back for more. Am addicted. I may even make more tomorrow....

  23. Those littlies will maybe grow into them? I am thinking of trying a lemon version - we have a lemon tree just about to topple over - it is heaving with fruit.....

    (The Indian feast has stretched my appetite out again feckin' starving.)

  24. If you bring me brekky in bed Thea, I am there......xx

  25. Love citrus cakes. Add in some chocolate and I am a happy camper. Yum. Ta Lucy, will be making this for sure xx

  26. Let me know how you go, lovely girl, xx


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