140 g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
50 g crème fraîche
200 g golden caster sugar
1 tsp orange or vanilla extract
3 large eggs
225 g self-raising flour
50 g cornflour
2 tbsp poppy seeds, plus extra for sprinkling
4 mandarins, zest from 3 and 100ml juice
For the icing
140 g unsalted butter
300 g icing sugar
140 g crème fraîche
zest 2 mandarins
1 tbsp chopped candied peel (optional)
- Heat oven to 160C/140C fan and grease a 2lb loaf tin. Line the base and ends with a long strip of baking paper.
- Beat the butter, crème fraîche, sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs, one by one, followed by the flours, poppy seeds, zest and juice. Scrape into the prepared tin and bake on a middle shelf for 1 hr–1 hr 10 mins until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. Cool the cake for 20 mins in the tin, then carefully tip out and cool completely on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, make the icing – beat together the butter, icing sugar and crème fraîche until pale and fluffy. Add half the mandarin zest and beat just a couple of times to incorporate, then cover and leave in the fridge to chill until the cake is ready to ice and the icing is firm enough to spread or pipe.
- Spread the icing all over the cake or put in a food bag or piping bag, snip off the corner and pipe thick stripes over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining mandarin zest, the candied peel (if you like), and a pinch more poppy seeds.