Dark Chocolate Mandarin Cake

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"From one of our national supermarkets and their free monthly magazine June 2018."

Original recipe yields 16 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (176.8 g)
  • Calories 414.1
  • Total Fat - 16.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 339.7 mg
  • Sodium - 136.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 53.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.6 g
  • Sugars - 45.5 g
  • Protein - 13.9 g
  • Calcium - 91 mg
  • Iron - 2.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Place whole mandarins in a saucepan and cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat and then drain and repeat (this helps reduce the bitterness of mandarin peel).

Step 2

Return mandarins to pan (after second draining in step 1) and cover with water and bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes or until very tender and drain and set aside to cool

Step 3

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line the base and side of a 22cm (base measurement) springform pan.

Step 4

Coarsely chop the mandarins and discard any seeds and place in a food processor and process until smooth.

Step 5

Use an electric mixer to whisk eggs and sugar in a bowl for 8 minutes or until mixture doubles in size and then add mandarin puree, almond meal and flour and gently fold to combine.

Step 6

Fold the chocolate un combined and pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean and set aside in pan to cool completely.

Step 7

Meanwhile to make the mandarin compote, segment half the mandarins and cut remaining mandarins crossways into 3 slices.

Step 8

Place sugar, mandarin juice, cinnamon stick and 1/2 cup (125ml) water in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves and then increase heat to high and bring to the boil, and cook, WITHOUT stirring, for 3 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly and add the mandarin zest and mandarin segments and slices and set aside to slightly.

Step 9

Place cake on a serving platter and top with mandarin and pour over the syrup.

Tips & Variations

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