Clementine poppy seed loaf

Clementine poppy seed loaf

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr - 1 hr, 10 mins plus cooling


Cut into 10-12 slices
This easy, zesty loaf cake makes a lighter festive alternative to traditionally dense fruitcakes - pipe the icing and add candied peel to add a touch of Christmas sparkle

Nutrition and extra info

  • un-iced

Nutrition: per slice (12)

  • kcal516
  • fat28g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars44g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 140g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g crème fraîche
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp orange or vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 50g cornflour
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 4 clementines, zest from 3 and 100ml juice



    The smallest and sweetest variety of tangerine is sweet and tangy, contains no seeds and is…

For the icing

  • 140g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 140g crème fraîche
  • zest 2 clementines



    The smallest and sweetest variety of tangerine is sweet and tangy, contains no seeds and is…

  • 1 tbsp chopped candied peel (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and grease a 2lb loaf tin. Line the base and ends with a long strip of baking parchment.

  2. Beat the butter, crème fraîche, sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy. Whisk in the eggs, one by one, followed by the flours, poppy seeds, zest and juice. Scrape into the prepared tin and bake on a middle shelf for 1 hr–1 hr 10 mins until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. Cool the cake for 20 mins in the tin, then carefully tip out and cool completely on a wire rack.

  3. Meanwhile, make the icing – beat together the butter, icing sugar and crème fraîche until pale and fluffy. Add half the clementine zest and beat just a couple of times to incorporate, then cover and leave in the fridge to chill until the cake is ready to ice and the icing is firm enough to spread or pipe.

  4. Spread the icing all over the cake or put in a food bag or piping bag, snip off the corner and pipe thick stripes over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining clementine zest, the candied peel (if you like), and a pinch more poppy seeds. Will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

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Megan Howells's picture
Megan Howells
21st Aug, 2019
Tripled the amount of zest and doubled the juice after reading the above comment - turned out lovely! Not a very strong flavour but I was using clementines that were last their best. Also used gluten-free flour. Just made a glaze with juice and icing sugar instead of the icing suggested and it's very tasty.
11th Feb, 2016
The first cake ever on this website that turned out disappointing - it was simply too dry and didn't taste of clementines at all. Might give it another go with extra clementines.
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