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Citrus trees especially Calamondin trees make an excellent potted plant.  Did you know you can grow Citrus trees indoors?  

If you are searching for dwarf citrus trees and never heard of a Calamondin tree, I am going to teach you all about this golf ball size orange citrus.  

Calamondin fruit is super sour inside, but their edible peels are sweet. The fruit makes delicious desserts, marmalades, and drinks.

If you own a Calamondin tree and need a delicious recipe, you have to make this Calamondin Cake. VINTAGE CALAMONDIN CAKE WON FIRST PLACE

My father grew up in Florida.  He played and worked in orange groves and ate many oranges.  He always had a story to tell us that revolved around oranges or oranges groves.  Because of my father’s love for oranges and honestly, I love them too; I wanted to grow an orange tree.  After my dad had passed away, growing citrus trees was even more special to me.  

Why did I never grow them?  After all, my father passed away 25 years ago.  My fear was the trees would never survive the winters in Arkansas.  

Potted Dwarf Citrus Trees

After researching about growing citrus trees, I found out they make dwarf citrus plants that can be grown in pots.  I had no idea!  Where have I been?

Potted Dwarf Citrus Trees are perfect for me because I have a large sunroom with lots of windows.  I was so excited about dwarf citrus trees, but I had a problem.  Citrus trees could not be found for sale in Arkansas in November.  Citrus trees are not real common in my area.   Finding citrus trees in November was tough when I found out they made dwarf citrus trees and wanted one so bad.  Therefore, I could not find any for sale.  

Plenty of Citrus Trees Baton Rouge, LA

Fortunately, my oldest daughter had an interview in Baton Rouge for Pediatric Residency the first week in December.  I knew I could find dwarf trees in Baton Rouge, so I volunteered to drive her.  While she was in her interview, I found a nursery and loaded my car down with dwarf citrus trees.

Somehow, I managed to get four different varieties of citrus trees.  YEAH!  The Navel Orange, Satsuma, Calamondin, and Lemon trees survived the long trip home.  My son was in the middle seat on the way home.  When the car would bounce, one of the trees would hit him in the head.  Thank God, he was a good sport, and we laughed all the way home.  

By March, the Calamondin tree was loaded with fruit.  The pictures below of the tree and fruit is the one I purchased in Baton Rouge.  

Calamondin Trees

I did not know anything about a Calamondin tree, but since they had a dwarf version at the nursery in Baton Rouge, I bought one.  Most Noteworthy, my tree produces so much fruit.  This citrus tree is perfect in my sunroom in a large pot during the cold months.  


What is a Calamondin Tree?

Calamondin citrus trees are a cross between a mandarin orange and a kumquat.  The Calamondin has a sweet skin which is edible, but the inside is sour.  The inside reminds me of a lemon, but the outside is sweet and edible.  They can be used for jelly, marmalades, bread, beverages and more.  

Calamondin trees are easy to grow.  You can get dwarf trees which make a wonderful potted plant. 

Calamondin Tree Care: How To Grow Calamondin Citrus Trees

After googling what to do with Calamondin’s, I came across this Calamondin Cake recipe in the February 28, 1988, Orlando Sentinel.  It grabbed my attention because the lady said she won first place when she entered this cake in the Florida Heritage Recipe Contest in Apopka, Florida.  

When making the glaze, I added two tablespoons of Calamondin puree, six tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 cups of powdered sugar.  I was afraid if I only used Calamondin puree like the original recipe it would be too tart.

This cake turns out super moist and similar to a lemon cake which I love.

Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • ½ cup calamondin puree
  • One package plain white cake mix
  • One 3 oz. Package lemon gelatin
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • Four large eggs
  • ¾ cup cooking oil
  • One tablespoon fresh Florida lemon juice
  • GLAZE:
  • Two tablespoons calamondin puree
  • Six tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Make calamondin puree by cutting the fruit into quarters and pureeing in a blender.
  2. It has tiny seeds so puree in well. I use a Vitamix.
  3. Mix cake mix, dry gelatin, milk and calamondin puree together.
  4. Beat eggs, oil and lemon juice together.
  5. Add to cake mixture.
  6. Pour into oiled and floured angel food or bundt cake pan.
  7. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven until a sharp knife comes out clean.
  8. Carefully remove from pan onto a cake platter.
  9. While still warm spread with glaze:
  10. Combine the calamondin puree, lemon juice, and powdered sugar.
  11. Test with a toothpick inserted in the center to see if it comes out clean.


Picture of my Calamondin tree below.  In just a few months, it was covered with fruit.  They are fragrant and perfect to grow indoors during the cold winter.  Since it has warmed up outside, my potted citrus trees are now out back.  My Satsuma, Navel Orange, the Lemon tree I purchased in Baton Rouge was moved out back too.  

The Lemon tree and the Satsuma tree has more small fruit than I can count.  They are covered in fruit about the size of the end of your finger.  It is super exciting to go out back each morning and check on my babies.  I know little things make me happy, happy.  





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3 Responses to CALAMONDIN CAKE

  1. I absolutely love that you found the dwarf orange trees while taking Carly for her interview. This sounded like the perfect find and just made me smile hearing all about this, as well as your special connection with your dad in the past, as well. Thank you for sharing your beautiful remembrances of times past, your awesome find and recipe, too. Hugs and Happy Sunday now to you 🙂
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