I have had Clementine Cake on the brain lately
On a recent air flight, I watched the in-flight movie of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and Clementine Cake was worked into the plot. Of course, during the scenes when the cake popped up, I paid attention! It seemed like his family was obsessed with this special cake
The Clasic Flavor of Clementines
I must have mentioned my curiosity about Clementine Cake in my Instagram feed because a close friend sent me their favorite Nigella Lawson recipe which was exactly the flavors I was looking for! Alas, the cake didn’t quite look like Walter Mitty’s cake, so I took the liberty to change around Nigella’s recipe to fit my clementine dream.
Here are some of the changes I made – Nigella uses freshly ground almonds for her cake instead of almond flour. I do think freshly ground almonds are tastier, so if you have time to make your own almond flour, you should. Simply place approximately 10oz. (284g) blanched (peeled) almonds* in the bowl of a food processor, and pulse chop until it turns into almond flour. Use as directed in the recipe.
Delicious Citrus Scent
I also wanted to add a decorative top layer of clementine slices. If the slices are very thin, the baking process cooks the clementines until they are tender to the bite. I added a honey-butter syrup as well to give it a bit of a sweet glaze. Adding a pinch of cinnamon during the winter months for a clementine spice cake would be delicious during the holidays.
I am going to make this recipe again and again, just like Walter Mitty’s mother and Nigella Lawson. It’s a great cake – very easy and simply bursting with clementine flavor. This dessert is absolutely elegant with whipped cream and deserves a splash of Grand Marnier for special occasions.