This recipe is an adaptation of the whole orange cake recipe from Rhonda at Down to Earth.  The orange cake is delicious and super easy to make, but at the moment I have an abundance of mandarins so I thought I’d make an adaptation.  I washed the mandarins and cut them in half to remove most of the seeds.  The mandarin version turned out beautifully and is a great way to use up mandarins, so why not give it a try while mandarins are in season.  This cake works well with either regular self raising flour or gluten free flour depending on your needs.  Although, I do find that the gluten free cake does not freeze as well as the non gluten free, but it is great eaten fresh!



  • 4 mandarins, washed well or 1 orange (for orange cake)
  • 3 eggs
  • 180 gm butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups SR flour or 1 1/2 cups SR gluten free flour (I use the Aldi brand)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C / 350 F
  2. Cut mandarins in half and remove most of the seeds
  3. Place mandarins in food processor and blend for about 2 minutes, until fully broken down and no lumps remain
  4. Place remaining ingredients into food processor and blend for a further 30 seconds or until combined well
  5. Place mixture into a greased cake pan, and bake for 35-40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.