Mandarin and lemon meringue layer cake

Take dessert to the next level with this zesty mandarin and lemon meringue layer cake. It's moist and tangy - the perfect citrus show-stopper.

16

30m

Note: + Chilling and cooling time

55m

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 1 tbs finely grated mandarin rind
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 4 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups (260g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream
  • 600ml thickened cream
  • Mandarin slices, to decorate

Citrus curd

  • 100g butter, chopped
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 tbs finely grated mandarin rind
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) mandarin juice
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice

Meringue

  • 4 Coles Australian Free Range Egg whites
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar

Method

STEP 1

To make the citrus curd, combine the butter, sugar, egg, mandarin rind, lemon rind, mandarin juice and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5-7 mins or until the mixture boils and thickens. Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 2 hours to chill.

STEP 2

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180°C. Grease two 22cm (base measurement) springform pans and line with 2 layers of baking paper. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar, mandarin rind and lemon rind in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour and sour cream. Divide mixture evenly among prepared pans and smooth the surface.

STEP 3

To make the meringue, use a clean electric mixer to whisk egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tbs at a time, whisking well after each addition until sugar dissolves and meringue is glossy. Spoon evenly over cake mixture in pans. Smooth the surface. Bake for 40-45 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean. Set aside for 15 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

STEP 4

Use a clean electric mixer to whisk thickened cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Add a little citrus curd and gently marble. Place 1 cake on a plate. Spoon half the cream mixture over the cake. Top with remaining cake. Decorate with remaining cream mixture, remaining citrus curd and the mandarin slices.

Dietary information

Nut-free
Peanut-free
Sesame-free
Soy-free
Yeast-free
Vegetarian

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