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Olive oil clementine upside-down cake

Olive oil clementine upside-down cake

by Martha Collison

This light and fluffy upside-down cake is packed with flavour and makes for a perfectly sophisticated afternoon treat.

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  • Serves12
  • CourseCake
  • Prepare25 mins
  • Cook45 mins
  • Total time1 hr 10 mins

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  • 5 clementines, or easy peelers
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 115ml olive oil
  • 2 British Blacktail Medium Free Range Eggs
  • 200g full fat natural yogurt
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g ground almonds
  • Crème fraîche (optional), to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C, gas mark 3. Grease a 20cm round cake tin and then line with baking parchment. Slice the clementines, skin on, into discs.

  2. Combine the demerara sugar and 125ml water in a medium-sized saucepan and heat gently until dissolved. Add the clementine slices and rosemary and simmer very gently for 20 minutes, until softened. Use a slotted spoon to remove the slices and arrange them in the prepared tin. Reserve the syrup.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, yogurt and caster sugar until they form a smooth paste. Sieve over the flour, salt and baking powder and mix until just combined, then stir in the ground almonds. Pour into the tin and level the surface.

  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out, remove the baking parchment and brush the top with the reserved clementine rosemary syrup. Enjoy warm or cold, with a big spoonful of crème fraîche. This cake will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,298kJ/ 309kcals



Saturated Fat












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