About this recipe: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.
Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease two 18cm (7 in) cake tins, then line the bottom and sides with parchment.
Add the sifted flour into a bowl along with the sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla and eggs and beat well with a wooden spoon or electric mixer, till the mixture is light in colour and fluffy.
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.
Meanwhile, make the citrus cream filling by whipping together the icing sugar, orange liqueur and whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
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.
For best results, chill in the fridge for a bit before serving to allow the cake to set nicely.
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.
Not to be so down on the recipe but mine didn't rise that much either ... But the orange liqueur to the cream tastes Devine on the spoon! The cake is off to the Liverpool CCC so will see how it tastes then! - 07 May 2013
Recipe worked well, however i added orange and lemon zest to the cake mix. In the cream, i didn`t use cointreau but a drop of the juice from the mandarins with the rest of the zest from the orange and Lemon. Also i used tangerines for decor. The cake on the whole was excellent. And was a moist and light even the next day!!! - 01 Apr 2013