• Mandarin Chocolate Cakes

    cake baked in an mandarin
    A bag of mandarins is a traditional gift for Chinese New Year, which is widely celebrated in our neighborhood. They’re so pretty and delicious, I thought it might be fun to bake small cakes in them. Chocolate of course, because chocolate and orange are one of my favorite flavor combinations.

    cake baked in a mandarin

    It’s actually pretty amazing how moist the cake becomes baked in a juicy mandarin. These are super delicious and a perfect little treat for company, or a special after school snack. Keep reading to see how we made them…

    These chocolate cakes baked in mandarines were much more moist compared to ones baked in a cupcake pan. We made both and the mandarin cakes were by far most moist and tasty, with a hint of that mandarin orange flavor. Just delicious! I always have a hard time getting chocolate cake to not be crumbly and dry, and I think I’ve learned the trick now!

    cake baked in an mandarin

    Step 1: Cut the tops of your mandarins and scoop out the insides with a small pairing knife and/or a serrated spoon. Mandarins lay flat on their own so you don’t have to shave off the bottom and risk cutting a hole, which makes them that much easier to work with!

    Step 2: Prepare your favorite chocolate cake batter (we used my favorite boxed chocolate cake mix from Whole Foods) and preheat the oven.

    Step 3: Fill the mandarins 2/3rds of the way full with batter. Place them on a tray in the oven and cook for around 20 minutes at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes crumbly through the center.

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers


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    7. Morgan said… February 25, 2015 7:17 pm

      This is genius! I can’t wait to try this out with mandarins or other fruits in a thick skin.

    8. Jessica said… February 25, 2015 6:30 pm

      We did this with oranges when I was a camp counselor. You put the top back on and wrap the orange in foil then put it in the coals of the fire to bake. So yummy!

    9. Debbie said… February 25, 2015 1:50 pm

      I just made these today with my kids and they were a hit! Ours weren’t nearly so beautiful, but they were delicious and the kids loved them! Thanks for another super fun idea.

    10. Sfora said… February 25, 2015 6:00 am

      Great idea! cakes looks delicious 🙂

    11. Gee said… February 24, 2015 6:03 pm

      Wow – the photography and styling in this post is great!

    12. Thalia @ butter and brioche said… February 24, 2015 2:46 pm

      What a beautiful way to present these chocolate cakes. I have to try the recipe out – just divine!

    13. ohmydish.com said… February 24, 2015 2:29 pm

      Amazing, such a fun idea too! I’ve GOT to try this myself.

    14. Surabhi | Third Eye Chic said… February 24, 2015 12:25 pm

      These look so delicious! I can’t wait to try these. Just not too sure about being able to scoop out the insides properly.

    15. Megan K said… February 24, 2015 11:15 am

      This is such a great idea! My partner is from China, so I’m always looking for new yummy ways to celebrate new years. In Germany, we also celebrate Christmas with citrus and chocolate 🙂

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