Fruit-filled clementine cake

Fruit-filled clementine cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 10 mins Plus chilling

Skill level



Serves 8 - 10

A beautiful, moist gluten-free cake packed with zingy citrus flavours, wonderful for Christmas

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 4 small clementines
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 140g raisins
  • 140g sultanas
  • 140g currants
  • 100g glacé cherries, quartered
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 200g dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 140g polenta
  • 1 tsp baking powder (we used Fiddes Payne, which is gluten-free)
  • icing sugar, to decorate (most are gluten-free, but check the packaging)
  • 100g ground almonds

For the topping

  • 4 clementines
  • 140g caster sugar

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  1. To make the cake, place the clementines in a small pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hr or until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter a 20cm springform cake tin and line the base with a disc of buttered baking parchment. Cut the cooked clementines in half and remove any pips. Place in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not puréed.
  3. Combine the raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries and brandy in a bowl. Add the clementine pulp and mix well. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Add the beaten eggs, a little at a time, mixing well between each addition. In another bowl, combine the spices, ground almonds, polenta and baking powder. Fold into the creamed mixture along with the dried fruit and clementine pulp.
  4. Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth the top. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 30 mins. Reduce the oven temperature to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3 and continue to cook for a further 40 mins. You may need to loosely cover the top of the cake with a sheet of baking parchment for the final 20 mins to prevent it browning too quickly. Cool in the tin for 30 mins before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  5. To make the topping, slice the clementines to a 5mm thickness. Tip the sugar into a saucepan with 140ml water and cook over a low heat, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved. Put the clementine slices in the pan and stir through. To keep the clementines submerged in the syrup, cut out a circle of greaseproof paper to fit into the pan and place over the fruit. Cook over a low heat for 1 hr until glossy and translucent. Remove and spread out over greaseproof paper to cool.
  6. To serve, dust the whole cake with icing sugar, then arrange the clementine slices, overlapping, over the top of the cake.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007

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janefood's picture
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My 7 year old Joanna baked this as a christmas treat. We left out the cherries and clementines on the top. We also used clover instead of butter as we use this in all our baking.
The consensus was a unanimous delicious.

janefood's picture
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My 7 year old daughter Joanna did this recipe for a christmas treat! We missed out the cherries and used clover instead of butter (use this for all of our baking). Didn't put the clementines on the top either as we forgot the extra fruit.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

tilden's picture

The recipe looks great - I am making it tomorrow but you have omitted th 100gr/4oz of ground almonds from the ingredients in the online recipe (they are included in the magazine) Also a pity that it is not listed in the magazine under "Gluten Free Fruit filled cake" - I knew I had seen the "gluten free" recipe in many of my magazines although I was sure it was in Good Food, but could find no clue in the index so I spent ages searching and then resorted to searching online. Please correct the ingredients I am sure the omission will make a big difference!

johnte's picture

what is the amount of ground almonds that are required?
Thay are mentione at point 3 but not in the ingredients list

vivienspiteri's picture

The recipe says 4 clemetines all are boiled ? how many are chopped for the cake and how many are reserved for the topping. The instructions do not seen clear to me ?

potage's picture

Can anyone tell me were i can buy dry polenta
the stores in my area only stock the ready made one
or can i use an alternative.