Thursday, 2 February 2017

Mandarin Orange Butter Cake 柑香牛油蛋糕

If you like the unique aroma of this citrus fruit 🍊 that only available once a year in abundance, you'll like this Mandarin Orange butter cake. You can find threads of orange peel in between the fine soft crumb encased under the golden crust 😀 

Yield: 1 x 26Lx10Wx7H cm cake


110g unsalted butter, softened
105g fine sugar
1/8 tsp fine salt

3 eggs

110g top/cake flour
15g milk powder
1/2 tsp baking powder

20ml mandarin orange juice
14g golden syrup/honey, about 10ml
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp mandarin orange zest


1. Peel orange skin, but avoiding the white pith,u and cut into fine strips.

 Extract mandarin orange juice. I use a garlic press to extract the small amount of orange juice.

Pour golden syrup and vanilla extract into the mandarin orange juice. Set aside.

2. Cream softened butter, fine sugar and fine salt, till pale and fluffy.

3. Beat eggs till frothy.

Add beaten egg into the butter cream from (2) gradually.  Add after the previous batch of beaten egg has well mixed with the butter cream.

4. Mix top/cake flour, milk powder and baking powder in a separate mixing bowl before sifting into the butter cream mixture.

5. Mix in the orange juice mixture and orange zest from (1).

Give the batter a more thorough mix using a spatula.

6. Pour the batter into a cake mould greased with butter and lightly sprinkled with flour.

7. Bake at middle rack of a preherated oven set at 155° Celsius for 40 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 160° Celsius for additional 5 minutes to give a nicer brown top.

Let the cake cool down in the cake mould for about 10 to 15 miuntes over a wire rack before inverting it out to cool further.

8. Cut the cake after it has cooled down. Enjoy 😋🍰

To give a more festive mood during Chinese New Year, I arrange a "大吉" over the cake using orange peel during my previous bake :)


  1. Hi, if I dun have milk powder, wat can I substitute it with? Thank you.

    1. Hi, you can use soya milk powder if you have. Otherwise, you can leave out this item. I think this will only affect the flavour 😬


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