Portokalopita (Orange Cake)

A decadent yogurt cake speckled with bits of phyllo and flavored with oranges and finished with an orange and cinnamon simple syrup.

Portokalopita (Orange Cake)

Total TimeTotal Time: 2 hours

ServingsServings: 10


Orange Cinnamon Simple Syrup Ingredients:

¼ cup sugar

½ cup DOLE® Mandarin Oranges in 100% Juice, puréed

2 Tbsp water

⅛ tsp cinnamon

½ Tbsp orange zest

Orange Cake Ingredients:

4 eggs

½ cup vegetable oil

2 cups DOLE Mandarin Oranges drained, reserve juice

½ cup sugar

2 Tbsp baking powder

1 cup Greek yogurt, plain

2 Tbsp orange zest

1 tsp vanilla

Cooking spray

16 ounce phyllo dough, dried in oven at 200˚F until crispy, crumbled

Orange Cinnamon Simple Syrup, sub-recipe

Mandarin segments, for garnish


Prepare Orange Cinnamon Simple Syrup:

  1. In a small pan over medium heat add sugar, puréed oranges, water, and cinnamon. Heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and add orange zest. Pour into small bowl and place in fridge.

Cake Directions:

  1. In a blender add eggs, mandarins, oil, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, yogurt, and zest. Blend on medium at least 2 minutes or until mixture is foamy.
  2. In a 9 x 12 cake pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray, add the phyllo. Pour mixture over phyllo and gently mix to make sure phyllo is mixed in.
  3. Place in oven and cook for one hour, covering top after 30 minutes to avoid burning. Remove from oven after fully cooked and cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Ladle syrup over cake slowly, allowing liquid to soak into the cake between ladles.
  5. Place cake in refrigerator for at least an hour. Serve cold with mandarins as garnish.

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