Monday, 17 January 2011

Nigella's Clementine Cake - Flourless gluten free cake!

Yesterday I made Nigella Lawson's Clementine Cake. It has no flour in it, so its great for those who avoid gluten in their diets. It's not the best tasting cake I have ever made, but it is still very flavoursome! Husband didnt like it, and 1 child didnt but my other two and I did!


  • 4-5 clementines (about 375g total weight)
  • 6 eggs
  • 225g sugar
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder


  1. Put the clementines in a pan with some cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 2 hours. Drain and, when cool, cut each clementine in half and remove the pips. Dump the clementines - skins, pith, fruit and all - and give a quick blitz in a food processor (or by hand, of course). Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190ºC. Butter and line a 21cm Springform tin.
  2. You can then add all the other ingredients to the food processor and mix. Or, you can beat the eggs by hand adding the sugar, almonds and baking powder, mixing well, then finally adding the pulped oranges.
  3. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for an hour, when a skewer will come out clean; you'll probably have to cover with foil or greaseproof after about 40 minutes to stop the top burning. Remove from the oven and leave to cool, on a rack, but in the tin. When the cake's cold, you can take it out of the tin. I think this is better a day after it's made, but I don't complain about eating it at any time.
  4. I've also made this with an equal weight of oranges, and with lemons, in which case I increase the sugar to 250g and slightly anglicise it, too, by adding a glaze made of icing sugar mixed to a paste with lemon juice and a little water.

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