Cumquat and Almond Cake

Cumquat and Almond Cake

Posted 2017-06-21 by Kate Matefollow
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.

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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Notes
    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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