- Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Lightly grease three 20cm (8in) sandwich tins with vegetable oil and line the bases with greaseproof paper. (Or use 2 tins and cook in batches).
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, margarine, unbeaten eggs, milk, vanilla extract and orange zest. Use a wooden spoon to beat the mixture together for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Share the mixture between the prepared tins and level the tops.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. To test that the cakes are cooked, they should be golden brown, and when touched lightly the tops should spring back into place. Cool in the tins for a few minutes, then remove the cakes and place on a wire rack. Peel away the lining paper and leave until completely cold.
- For the filling, beat together the butter, icing sugar, orange zest and orange juice until light and creamy. Spoon about one third of this into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and set aside.
- Spread half the remaining butter icing over one cake. Reserve 8 mandarin segments, then arrange half the remaining segments onto the iced cake. Sandwich the second cake on top and decorate with the remaining icing and mandarin segments. Place the third cake on top.
- Pipe swirls of butter icing around the edge and decorate with the reserved mandarin segments and edible stars. Serve, sprinkled with icing.
Recipe from Princes
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A sweet and zesty bake
A little vegetable oil, for greasing 225g self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder Pinch of salt 225g caster sugar 225g soft margarine, at room temperature 4 large eggs 3 tbsp milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp finely grated orange zest For the filling: 200g butter (at room temperature) 400g icing sugar, plus extra, for sprinkling 2 tsp finely grated orange zest 3 tbsp orange juice 2 x 298g cans Princes Mandarin Segments in Juice, drained Edible stars, to decorate
Time: 50 minutes Serves: 10-12 Nutrition: n/a