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Clementine Blender Cake

Makes one 9-inch loaf

1¼ hours 30 minutes active, plus cooling

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This unusual cake is made by blending whole clementines, then using the puree to make a batter. Baked in a loaf pan until golden brown with a charmingly fissured surface, the dessert has the fine, plush crumb of a pound cake, a vivid saffron-orange hue and a moistness that keeps it fresh for a few days. Similar recipes call for oranges or lemons, but we found that clementines work especially well because of their small size, sweet-tart balance and the intense flavor and color of their peel. The fruit does need to be cooked prior to blending, but instead of the typical method of simmering, we employ the microwave, which gets the job done in a matter of a few minutes and leaves little to clean up. The cake can be served as soon as it has cooled, but we’ve found the flavor and texture improve after an overnight rest.

Makes one

9-inch loaf


Don’t microwave the clementines with the stems. Be sure to trim off enough of the stem end to expose the flesh. If not vented, the fruits may burst when heated. Also, after transferring the clementines to the blender, allow them to cool for 15 to 20 minutes so the heat doesn’t curdle the eggs.

1¼ hours

30 minutes active, plus cooling


  • 12

    ounces (2 large or 3 small) clementines, stem ends sliced off to expose the flesh

  • 2

    tablespoons plus 268 grams (1¼ cups) white sugar, divided


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Christine M.
March 5, 2024
Clementine Blender Loaf
Easy and delicious!!
Helen F.
March 3, 2024
Clementine Cake small hack
The first time I made the cake the aroma was lovely and the color was gorgeous, but I thought that the flavor was just a tad weak. The second time I made the cake, I juiced a fourth clementine, strained the juice, then boiled it down until it was thick and syrupy. I let it cool a bit and then added it to the blender with the rest of the ingredients, although I decreased the sugar by 1 TBSP. The boost in flavor was enough to take it to fabulous, without it being too much.
Scott L.
February 20, 2024
Great flavor!
Made GF with King Arthur measure for measure, flavor was fantastic! 100% agree with the tip that texture was much better the next day. Little kiddos loved the process, and the results.
Martha B.
February 15, 2024
Clementine Cake
Ingredient list calls for baking powder but narrative notes above mention baking soda. Might want to change one or the other
Christine G.
February 21, 2024
Clementine Cake
I have not baked it yet but needed to add a rating to post a comment. I am confused about the clementines. Is the whole clementine, including the skin, microwaved and pureed? Thanks for the clarification