Mallorcan Orange & Almond Cake, Zesty Clementine & Maple Icing

Mallorca is a wonderful island for a family holiday and very popular with the Irish tourist.

It is an island of sun, pine trees and secret rocky coves, but the island is famous for more than what draws the Irish holidaymaker for their annual fortnight of sun and sangria.

A secluded valley on the north of the island, reached by a delightful wooden train from the capital Palma, is a haven for what are probably the best oranges in the world, in fact the French king Louis XIV would eat no other oranges and we all know how much he enjoyed the finer things in life!

The town and port of Soller sit in this fertile valley, and every year during the first two weeks of June the town plays host to its annual orange festival the 'Fira Tarjona'
It is a celebration not only of the fruit but of its products such as oil, jams and liqueurs. and even the local restaurants get involved with their menus centered around this famous fruit

Mallorca also has the perfect climate for the growing of almonds, and between January and February the countryside is awash with white blossoms.