Sunday, February 1, 2009

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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