Breakfast, Dessert & Snack, Recipe, Vegetarian

Zesty Kumquat (Orange) Cake

Servings: 10-12 portions
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation time: 1 hour



  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 3-4 kumquats, sliced (you can also use 1-2 sliced of orange)
  • 6-8 kumquats, coarsely chopped (you can also use 1/2 orange)
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • Zest from half of a lemon
  • 1 cup of flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven at 325F.
  2. In a non-stick pan, at medium-high temperature, add sliced kumquats, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar, and caramelize each side for 1-2 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add egg whites and lemon juice. Beat with an electric mixter until the eggs triple in volume.
  4. Add 1/3 cup of sugar, mix, and reserve.
  5. In a second bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/3 cup of sugar until the colour has lightened and the mix become more fluffy.
  6. Add kumquats, lemon zest, vanilla extract. Mix.
  7. Gradually mix flour into the egg yolk mixture.
  8. Fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites, using a spoon or silicone spatula.
  9. In an oiled baking pan or bundt mold, add caramélisez kumquat slices at the bottom, and fill with batter until the mold is filled 3/4 of the way.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out dry. Enjoy!

Fun facts

🍊 What are kumqu-whaaaat?

Kumquats are small citrus fruits that grown on small trees. Their taste is similar to oranges, but is zestier. Flavour and fresh aromas are packed in this fruits that is only about one tenth of the size of an average orange. 🌱

Kumquats, that are usually eaten with the peel, can be great in jams, in pastries, as dried candies fruit and can also be added to fruit-infused water! 💧


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