Sunday, February 1

Oh, My Darlings, You Won Some Clementines! (And a Recipe for Clementine Upside-Down Cake.)

clementines peeled

With the help of, here are the five lucky winners who will each receive a 5 pound box of clementines:
  1. Kate Dixon
  2. Carolyn G.
  3. Suzan
  4. Maryann
  5. Chris L.
Congratulations, everybody! I'll be contacting you for your names and addresses so you can receive your clementines.

clementine cake whole

Thanks to Elizabeth and Clementines from Spain, who hosted the give-away, I had a lot of clementines. So after enjoying them on their own, in salads, on yogurt, and in smoothies, I decided to make a cake. This isn't just any clementine cake though; it's a variation on Nan's Best Ever Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

The natural sweetness of clementines permeates every bite of this delightfully light, moist cake. Enjoy it unadorned, or top it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or creme fraiche.

clementine cake slice

Clementine Upside Down Cake
The natural sweetness of clementines permeates every bite of this delightfully light, moist cake.

Makes 8 servings
Print recipe only here.

1/2 cup butter (8 tablespoons)
1 cup brown sugar
7-8 clementines, peeled, with white stringy pith removed, and sliced crosswise
1 cup flour, sifted*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, separated
1 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons fresh clementine or orange juice
2 teaspoons clementine or orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Place butter in a 9-inch-round baking pan, and place inside of a warm oven until melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the butter. Add the clementine slices, fitting them close together.

In a medium bowl, combine sifted flour, baking powder and salt, and stir.

Using a hand mixer, in a metal or glass bowl, beat egg whites at high speed until fluffy. Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat egg yolks with sugar at medium speed until creamy. Add juice, zest, and vanilla extract, and beat well. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, and beat until well combined. Fold in the egg whites with a rubber spatula. Pour cake mixture evenly over the fruit, and smooth with the spatula.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Run a blunt knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake. Invert carefully onto a plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Note: Sifting the flour creates a lighter cake.

You might also like these fruity desserts:

Mini Banana Bundt Cakes with Sticky Maple Syrup Glaze

Pear and Cardamom Cake

Tuscan Torte di Mele (Apple Cake)

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Dragon said...

Congratulations to the winners! I love this cake. Yum!

Annie said...

Aww. Too bad for me but I'm happy for the winners!
The cake looks amazing!

Passionate About Baking said...

YAY for the lucky winners. Love the cake Susan; it's so FRESH!!

Louise at Livin Local said...

Beautiful! The next time I get some Wolfe Ranch clementines, I'll try to make this lovely cake before the fruit mysteriously disappears.

Chris said...

Lucky! :)
And thanks again - it really means a lot. I'll be looking forward to savoring these clementines knowing that they were sent with the utmost generosity.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congrats to the winners! That's an unusual upside-down cake! Wonderful!



Culinarywannabe said...

Too bad my hubby won't eat anything with oranges or clementines in it - which is a serious problem with desserts because I'm left with a whole cake for only one person. Wait...that might not be such a bad thing after all!

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a delicious way of adding fruit to dessert, Susan. Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

How cool is that? Thanks so much Susan! You're da bomb! haha

Rosie said...

Congratulations to the winners! I really like the sound of your upside-down cake - Looks delicious!

Rosie x

Alisa (Go Dairy Free and Frugal Foodie) said...

How did I miss such a wonderful giveaway?!

That cake looks spectacular!

The Food Hunter said...

congratulations to the winners. That cake looks delicious.

Sara said...

What a beautiful cake! I never think to bake with clementines, I'll have to try this soon.

Anonymous said...

Good idea! Gotta get those clementines in how you can.

Maria said...

Well at least I won the recipe. It looks delightful!

bazu said...

yum! clementines are one of the only good things about winter, in my opinion! we can go through obscene amounts of them around here... but I miss CA ones.

Bellini Valli said...

Congratulations to all the lucky winners Susan:D Thanks for bringing some sunshine into our lives by sharing this wintry dessert:D

sunita said...

Love he addition of clementines to the looks so pretty, and I'm sure must have tasted great as well :-)

LyB said...

Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorites. Making it with clementines is such a great idea. The caramelized clementines must be delicious!

Abby said...

Lucky ducks!

I'd never really seen many orange desserts until the last couple of years on food blogs. I wonder who caused the explosion?! Regardless, they all look wonderful.

Gorgeous cake.

Helene said...


Beautiful cake.

Manggy said...

Whoa, the clementines behaved themselves quite well on that cake top didn't they? The pattern is fantastic!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Congrats to the winners and that upside down cake looks beautiful!

Joyful Reverie said...

isnt this a wonderful treat of clementines? I love how moist and flavored it looks. yum! will surely try this one

lisa (dandysugar) said...

I love this cake, it's such a gorgeous variation on a delicious cake. Congrats to the winners!

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Anonymous said...

I just went to our local farm market and bought some clementines. Sweet deal, now I have a recipe for them!

Gattina said...

the cross-section of celementine forms a beautiful pattern on the cake. Susan, you are really very creative!

Cynthia said...

Oh sweet heaven, look of the cake is soaked with that clementine goodness.

Michelle said...

Your cake looks to die for! My favourite bit is the brownish layer just below the fruit where it is deliciously sweet, soft and moist.

we are never full said...

wow, susan. that cake is really pretty and i love the idea of using the clementines. what a great picture... and recipe.

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Jeanne said...

That's it - bookmarked! I am *so* going to make this. I never get any further than eating clementines fresh - it's hard to resist them! But this cake could make me change my ways...

chef4l said...

I'm so excited to make this! It looks fabulous!

Maggie said...

Wonderful looking cake! I was just thinking I need to do more with the clementines I've been buying.