Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Flourless mandarin cake recipe

A delicious twist on a flourless orange cake - perfect when gluten-intolerant friends visit. But why wait? This is one to whip up just because you fancy a slice of something sweet.


Special Info:

Gluten free


  • 6 medium mandarins
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder


Put the mandarins in a saucepan and cover with cold water.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 hours. Top up water if it begins to boil dry.

Preheat oven to 180°C conventional or 160°C fan forced. Butter or oil a springform cake tin and line with baking paper.

Drain, cool and cut mandarins in half and remove seeds. Throw the pith, skin and fruit into a food processor and purée.

Beat the eggs. Beat in the sugar, almonds and baking powder. Stir in the mandarin purée. 

‚ÄčPour the mixture into the pan and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan.

Serve in slices with double cream.


  • You could also glaze the cake with a mixture of icing sugar and lemon juice.
  • As the skins are being boiled, I prefer to use organic mandarins, if available. 
  • This recipe was created by Alana House for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Alana at Housegoeshome and on Twitter.