A rich mandarin olive oil cake, drizzled with a honey, rosemary and clementine syrup. It is topped with a creamy mascarpone frosting and pistachio nuts.
Keyword: Italian cake, mandarin cake, olive oil, olive oil cake
Electric beater. Oven.
Mandarin honey syrup
90ml light brown sugar
1largepinch of salt
4extra largefree-range eggs
250mllight brown sugar
zest of 2 mandarins
Mascarpone and mandarin frosting
zest of 2 mandarins
30ml fresh clementine juice
1/4 cupchopped Pistachios
Mandarin orange syrup
In a small saucepan bring all the ingredients excluding the mandarins to a simmer over medium heat. Once the syrup is simmering reduce the heat and add the clementine slices. Simmer the syrup further for about 40 minutes until reduced to about 1 cup of syrup.
Remove from heat. Remove the mandarin slices and put both the syrup and the fruit aside.
Heat the oven to 180°C.
Prepare a 26cm round baking tin by spraying it with a non-stick spray and lining the bottom with baking paper.
Sieve the flour, semolina, salt and baking powder together.
Add the butter, vanilla, and oil to a small bowl and whisk together
In an upright beater with a whipping attachment, beat the sugar, zest, and eggs until the mixture is very light in color and fluffy.
Lower the speed of the beater and alternate adding the flour mixture and the oil mixture in small amounts. Start and finish with the dry ingredients.
Once all the ingredients have been mixed, add the mixture to the cake tin.
Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.
Once the cake is removed from the oven, poke holes into the cake with a fork and pour 250ml of the mandarin syrup over the cake. Leave to completely cool down before frosting.
Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix with an electric beater until smooth. Spoon the mixture onto the cake and distribute evenly over its surface. Decorate with the candied mandarin slices and chopped pistachio nuts.
While the syrup is simmering, you can start with the cake. Just keep an eye on the syrup to make sure that it does not reduce too much.