Mandarin honey cake

Mandarin honey cake is one of those cakes you make when you are craving a bit of homebaked deliciousness. Made of honey (no sugar), orange (mandarin to be precise) juice and just a handful of ingredients, this cake is both soft and delicious. Looking for a quick slice of on the go deliciousness, this is it. It feels like dessert without any of the added calories to it. I added a simple OJ glaze to this purely for D (my 8 year old) but you can have it without the glaze and it will taste just as good. Also, perfect to dollop some cream cheese frosting on it or some whipped mascarpone and give yourself a treat!

Hi!! A big Happy 2020 to everyone here!! I have missed talking to you guys so much,but here we are finally. Hopefully a new year that will see me blog more consistently.

So update on my life (in case you dont follow me on my social media), I had the baby!! We are blessed with the cutest little baby girl and she is two months old already!! Where and how does time fly really!

So life is a constant circle of feeds, burps, diaper changes and getting R to sleep.  In between I cook, bake, work, shoot, write and play with D. SO thats that.

Now lets get baking. Would love to hear back from you guys. Do give this dish a try. Made the most of the super juicy and sweet mandarins flooding the market at the moment and baked this delicious mandarin honey cake. A simple easy bake that will hardly take any time to put together (do I hear a “hallelujah” fellow mothers??). Things to keep in mind – definitely brown the butter and use a good quality honey. No sugar goes into the actual baking of the cake but I made a 5 second OJ sugar glaze just so D would find it sweet enough.
As always, no to frosting. Just this delicious mandarin honey cake to keep us happy and sated.
We are having it with our morning coffee, packing it in D’s lunchbox for snacks and her friends, having it for our mid morn snack, after dinner dessert … well you get the drift don’t you?

Mandarin honey cake

A delicious and easy to make cake which uses honey and treacle syrup instead of sugar.

Course Baking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 cakes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 8 tbsp butter browned (about 115gms)
  • 3/4 cup organic honey
  • 2 tbsp treacle syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk (cooled)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  1. Start by mixing all the dry ingredients ; sifted flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon in a bowl.

    Add the orange zest and mix it to the flour.

  2. Brown the butter. Place cold cubes of butter in a pan and let it brown on medium heat till it changes color and turns brownish. It gets foamy on top and a distinct nutty aroma is emated. Let it cool while you make the dry ingredient mix.

  3. Once the butter has cooled down, pour it into a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining wet ingredients; orange juice, milk,honey,treacle syrup and slightly beaten eggs. Add the vanilla and mix on medium speed till smooth.

  4. Now add the dry mixture to this wet mix and continue to mix till a cake batter is formed. Dont forget to scrape the sides of the bowl.

  5. At this point if you wish to you can add additional ingredients like raisins, chopped nuts of choice etc.

  6. In the meanwhile make sure you have preheated the oven to 165C. Now divide the batter into the cake pans (line them with parchment) making sure they are only half filled. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 50-55 mins, less if you are using the mini pans. Around 25 mins into baking cover the pans with foil and continue baking. Check the smaller one at 45 mins mark and take it out accordingly.

    Let cool for 10-15 mins before you take it out of the pans.

  7. Enjoy as it is with a cup of coffee or tea. If you have kids at home or a sweet tooth, you can make a simple glaze to pour over the cake by mixing some icing sugar with orange juice. Pour it all over the cake. Enjoy!!


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