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Everyone needs a delectable cake recipe up their sleeves, whether it is for yourself or friends and family. This one is adapted from one of Nigella Lawson's classics and one that I have been making for years!


4 mandarins or satsumas

200g ground almonds

200g sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

100g dark chocolate

1 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Put the mandarins or satsumas in a pan and cover with hot water. Bring to the boil and boil for 45 minutes. Allow to cool.

  2. In the meantime, break up the chocolate in a glass bowl and heat slowly over a Bain Marie to melt.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/Gas mark 4.

  4. Blitz the softened satsumas or mandarins in a food processor with the eggs and sugar.

  5. Add the melted chocolate, ground almonds, baking powder and cocoa powder.

  6. Line a baking tray (around 20cm x 16cm) with baking paper and pour in the cake mix.

  7. Bake for 30 minutes - test with a skewer around 25 minutes to see whether it is cooked through.

  8. When baked through (a skewer should come out clean), allow to cool before cutting into shapes with a cookie cutter or squares.


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