Kumquat Cake

Kumquat Cake
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A sweet, tangy and unique dessert recipe, kumquat cake makes a wonderful surprise for a special or romantic occasion. Kumquat, also spelled as cumquat, is a delicacy that is in season during the winter and the spring. It tastes similar to citrus fruits and look like olive-shaped oranges. Sometimes called Chinese oranges, kumquats can be eaten whole including the peel, which distinguishes them from the citrus family. The skin and zest of kumquats are sweet while the inside flesh is juicy, bright and tart with a hint of bitterness. In this recipe, kumquats are sweetened with sugar for a refreshing and inviting dessert. Other ingredients used to make this recipe include milk, egg, canola oil, flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and macadamia nuts.

To make kumquat cake, you need to prepare pureed kumquat before adding them to the other ingredients.

The macadamia nuts should also be finely chopped beforehand. Since you don’t need to peel kumquats, they are quite easy to process. Simply wash ripe kumquats well and pat them dry. Cut the fruit in half and remove the seeds. Place the kumquats in a food processor and puree until smooth.

When buying kumquats for use in making this recipe, choose those with bright and smooth skins. The juicier and sweeter ones typically feel heavy for their small size. Avoid fruits that have cuts, blemishes, or bruises. The edible skin of kumquats is quite delicate and is susceptible to damage compared to other citrus fruits. Soon after purchasing kumquats, it is best to use them up as soon as possible. They don’t have a long shelf life and will spoil easily. You can also puree the kumquats and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for longer storage and later use. Before using frozen pureed kumquat, allow it to thaw before making this recipe for kumquat cake.


10 min

35 min

Difficulty Level



  • Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup skimmed milk

  • 1 well beaten egg

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon canola oil

  • 150gms flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 cup kumquat - pureed

  • 85gms finely chopped macadamia nuts

  • 1/2 cup sugar

Preparation Instructions


In a bowl, mix together the milk, egg and oil.


In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients except the nuts.


Add the kumquat puree and nuts.


Bake in a preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes at 350 degree F.


Allow to cool before serving.