Monday, 3 December 2012

Whole Clementine, Cranberry & Almond Cake

Clementines and fresh cranberries instantly conjure up images of Christmas and snowy winter days. They are only available for a few weeks of the year, so it’s important to celebrate them while they are here.

This cake is fabulously moist, with an almost frangipane texture and a fresh, sweet, citrusy flavour in each bite. It’s slightly unusual as it’s made using cooked and pureed whole clementines - peel, skin, flesh and all. This golden puree adds moistness and a wonderful fresh, zesty flavour to the cake.

A scattering of chopped fresh cranberries hide, nestled amongst the cake, shining out like vibrant ruby jewels when the cake is cut. Their tart zingy flavour adds a delicious contrast against the clementines natural sweetness.
The cake is quite cilosely textured, damp and incredibly moist making it ideal to serve for dessert as well as afternoon tea. I love how it also improve with age, becoming sticker as the ingredients mingle and meld together.

It’s also the perfect recipe to have in your repertoire as its naturally gluten and dairy free! Many people are nervous about gluten free baking, but this cake is made using natural familiar ingredients, so you don’t need to worry about buying any special ingredients. It’s the perfect example of how uncomplicated gluten and dairy free baking can be. The most exotic ingredient is the cranberries. More importantly it’s simple to make and amazingly delicious to eat.

Whole Clementine, Cranberry & Almond Cake
2 clementines, around 170g total
80g fresh cranberries
125g caster sugar
3 eggs
120g ground almonds
25g cornflour
½ tsp gluten free baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp icing sugar
1 clementine, zest
Few extra cranberries to decorate

Grease a 6 inch spring form tin with oil and line the base with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 180C.
Place the fresh cranberries into a food processor and pulse briefly until roughly chopped but still chunky. Transfer the cranberries to a separate bowl and set aside.
Wash the clementines and place in a microwavable bowl, fill with water until the fruit is mostly covered. Loosely cover the top of the bowl with clingfilm and microwave on high for 7 minutes. (Alternatively, boil in a pan of water for 30 minutes, until soft).
Use oven gloves to remove the bowl from the microwave and drain off the water. Cut the clementines in half, remove the green stalk, any pips and chop roughly.
Place the entire clementines (peel and all), in a food processor along with the sugar and whizz to a pulp, scraping down the sides once or twice. A few larger shreds are fine.
With the mixer running, add the eggs, one at a time, and whizz until pale and foamy.
Sift in the corn flour and add the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and almonds. Whiz together until a smooth batter is formed. There will still be a few shreds of clementine visible in the batter, which is fine.
Fold in the roughly chopped cranberries and pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Bake for 40 minutes. It should be slightly risen and springy to the touch.
Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes in the tin, before turning out and leaving to cool completely.
To decorate, dust the top of the cake with icing sugar. Grate over a little extra clementine zest and decorate with a few extra cranberries.
Makes 1 x 6 inch cake
Serves 8


Johanna GGG said...

looks like a great cake - I am excited to have fresh cranberries in Scotland right now and wondering what to make - bought flour but forgot ground almonds! d'oh

Emily said...

Love how evenly distributed are the berries in this cake! Awesomely grand!

Maria said...

Wow that sounds amazing- what a good way to use up clementines too.

Chele said...

Gorgeous! Totally and utterly gorgeous. Well done.

Elle said...

Beautifully done Katie. It sounds so delicious I wish I had a piece now with my afternoon tea. I'm going to send a link for this to my Mom for when she wants to bake a great cake...that is also gluten free. My neice is now eating gluten free and it's great to see recipes like this that use regular Mom will appreciate that. Thanks!

The Caked Crusader said...

Gosh that looks pretty. You had me at "frangipane"!

Mair said...

I made this yesterday and it was just lovely! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

If it isn't necessary for the cake to be gluten free, can regular baking powder be used without any other considerations? It looks just beautiful!