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Mandarin Orange Cake

Orange Cake

According to Chinese tradition, displaying or eating Mandarin oranges during the Chinese New Year period is said to bring wealth, sweetness and luck. The tradition stems from the fact that the Chinese words for gold and orange sound alike. Additionally, oranges with leaves symbolises longevity. Here is a recipe to bring on a prosperous Chinese New Year!

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves: 8

2 oranges

90 g Q.B.B. ghee

40 g salted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

110 g caster sugar

2 eggs

4 over ripe bananas

220 g self-raising flour

80 g ground almond

1 tablespoon milk

Grated zest of 1 orange


  1. Grease a loaf tin or line it with non-stick baking paper. Alternatively, you can also line a round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  3. Place oranges in a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil for about 10 minutes. Drain and cover with cold water until oranges are cool enough to handle by hand.
  4. Peel the oranges. Remove and discard seeds. Process in a blender until smooth.
  5. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat on low speed until well mixed.
  6. Then beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth and changes to pale colour.
  7. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  8. Bake at 180° C for 1 hour or until golden brown.
  9. Leave in tin for 10 minutes before turning it over on a wire rack.
  10. When the cake is still warm, pour the prepared Orange Topping over it and leave the cake aside to cool thoroughly before cutting.


120 g sugar

120 ml water

3 mandarin oranges or oranges, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes

Grated zest of 1 orange


  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil till sugar dissolves.
  2. Add in the chopped oranges and cook over medium heat till most of the liquid has evaporated and thickened into a syrup.
  3. Remove from heat and cool completely before pouring on hot cake.

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