Essie Ruth

Mandarin drizzle cakes

Are you a fan of The Great British Bake Off?

We’re obsessed with it in our house.

We love everything about it from the delicious recipes, to Mel & Sue’s pun-filled hosting, to the judges’ advice and baking wisdom. It’s a reality show unlike any other, and whenever a new season starts we get all giddy with excitement.

This week was cake week on the new season, and the contestants made drizzle cakes. The classic is, of course, a lemon drizzle, but the contestants all did their own takes on that idea, and they got me thinking about what I’d bake for that challenge. I landed on a mandarin drizzle, and decided to have a go at making it.

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The result was a fragrant, light, succulent little cake that was both delicious and SO easy to make. Here’s how I did it:

Mandarin drizzle cakes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • zest of two mandarins
  • 70g white sugar
  • 2tbsp boiling water
  • juice of two mandarins


  1. Preheat oven to 180c.
  2. Grease a 12 hole muffin tin.
  3. Beat eggs, flour, caster sugar, butter, baking powder, and zest in large mixing bowl until combined. Do not over beat.
  4. Divide mixture evenly between muffin tin holes.
  5. Bake for 25-30 mins, until cakes are golden brown spring back when lightly pressed.
  6. Turn out onto wire rack while still warm.
  7. Place white sugar and boiling water in a mug and stir until sugar begins to dissolve. Add mandarin juice, and stir to combine.
  8. Place a tea towel or other absorbent material under wire rack, then slowly spoon juice mixture over the cakes (approx 1tbsp each). Some of the mixture will spill, but your tea towel will catch it.
  9. Grate a little more zest over each cake if desired.
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I think these would be suuuuuper delicious with whipped yoghurt, or a dollop of cream, but they are also amazing just by themselves.

I think next time I make them I might try infusing a little cardamom in the drizzle mixture, just for something different.

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What kind of drizzle cake would you make if you were a Bake Off contestant?