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Cumquat and Almond Cake

by Kate Mate (follow)
Kate Mate
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My workplace has a few Cumquats tree that we can help ourselves to and this time there was actually a lot of ripe ones, so I have decided to make a cake with them. There are two varieties of Cumquats and these are the Marumi variety which are round and looks like a mini mandarin. They are quite sour so they are not a fruit you can eat on its own.

Cumquat and Almond Cake served with Whipped Cream

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Serves: 8


For the Cake
300 g Cumquats (or alternative see notes)
125 g butter at room temperature
200 g almond meal
62 g plain flour
225 g raw caster sugar
5 eggs
Rind of half a lemon
235 ml water

For the Syrup
62 g caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cumquat juice (or alternative see notes)
176 ml water
Optional icing sugar and whipped cream to serve

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Cut cumquats in half and take out the seeds. Peel off the skins and add the cumquat flesh to a small saucepan and cover with the 235 mls water and simmer for 10 minutes or until soft.

Cooking the fruit
Simmering the fruit

Take the cumquats off the heat and allow to cool.
Meanwhile add the rest of the cake ingredients to a large mixing bowl and gently mix until well combined.
Add in the cumquats including all liquid and the rind of half a lemon, fold it through gently until all the fruit is combined
Grease and flour a cake pan and pour in the mixture making sure it is spread out evenly.
Cook for 1 hour. Ovens do vary so check it after 45 minutes.
To make the syrup cut the remaining cumquats in half, remove seeds and squeeze the juice and flesh of the fruit into a small saucepan with the sugar and water.

Syrup prepared
Syrup will be thick like this

Make holes over the top of the cake with a metal skewer or a knife and spoon the warm syrup over as soon as it comes out of the oven. The syrup will be absorbed.

Syrup prepared
Make holes over the top of the cake like this

To serve dust with icing sugar and a spoonful of whipped cream on the side. This can be served warm or at room temperature.

If you cannot get cumquats you can use 2 medium oranges for the cake, about 2 tablespoons of orange juice for the syrup. The oranges may take a little longer to cook.

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