Mandarin orange cake with coconut walnut sauce

    55 min

    An especially moist mandarin orange cake drizzled with a luscious coconut walnut sauce. The citrus of the oranges blends beautifully with a hint of vanilla and the gorgeous maple flavour of dark brown soft sugar flavours the topping of delicate coconut and crunchy walnuts perfectly.

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    Serves: 9 

    • 125g plain flour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 420g tinned mandarin oranges, drained
    • 125g chopped walnuts, divided
    • 170g dark brown soft sugar
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 50g butter
    • 40g desiccated coconut

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20cm square cake tin.
    2. In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, bicarb and salt. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, vanilla, mandarin oranges and one half of the chopped nuts.
    3. Pour mixture into prepared cake tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
    4. While the cake is baking, prepare the sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine dark brown soft sugar, milk and butter. Bring to the boil and stir in coconut and remaining chopped nuts. While still hot, pour over cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

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    My husband and 15 yr. old son thought this cake was "the greatest"! It is very simple and the topping makes the cake. I used pecans and also added 1/2 of the mandarin orange juice to the cake mix,making it delicious and very moist. A wonderful, easy, supper dessert!  -  17 May 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a nice easy and quick recipe. At first I couldn't believe there was no butter in the batter. But then I realized the more I mix it, the more liquid it becomes because the mandarin oranges becomes flakes. You don't taste the orange, but it is a light and refreshing cake. If you are looing for something not overly sweet and can stand alone without a glob of icing on top, this is a good recipe  -  23 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this yesterday and it's almost gone! My husband said, "I can't stay away from this cake!" ...and this from a man who doesn't like desserts without chocolate. I didn't have coconut and didn't feel like using nuts so I made it without. The frosting really makes this cake!  -  04 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)