Recipe

St Clement’s citrus cake

Oranges and lemons, say the ingredients of our St Clement's cake. You'll also need mandarins for this stand-out dessert. Then just finish it off with our citrus syrup for a moist and tangy treat.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 55 mins cooking
  • 30 mins marinating
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

St Clement’s citrus cake
  • 20 gram butter, softened, to grease
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 medium (240g) orange
  • 1 medium (140g) lemon
  • 1 medium (100g) mandarin
  • 250 gram butter, softened, extra
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup (200g) self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup (55g) fine semolina
Syrup
  • 2 medium (480g) oranges
  • 2 medium (280g) lemons
  • 2 medium (200g) mandarins
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar

Method

St Clement’s citrus cake
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan- forced). Liberally brush a 22cm (2-litre/ 8-cup capacity) bundt or baba pan with very soft butter. Dust the inside with the plain flour to coat; tap out the excess flour.
  • 2
    Finely grate the rind from the fruit. Squeeze the juice from the fruit. Reserve the juices for the syrup.
  • 3
    Beat the extra butter, rinds and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Fold in the sifted flour and semolina. Spread the mixture into the prepared cake pan.
  • 4
    Bake the cake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand the cake for 5 minutes before turning out onto a piece of baking paper on a wire rack over a tray.
  • 5
    Meanwhile to make the syrup; using a zesting tool, remove the rind from the oranges and lemons in long thin strips. Squeeze all the fruit. Combine the rinds, juices, reserved juices from the cake and the sugar in a medium saucepan; stir over heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium; cook for 5 minutes.
  • 6
    Pour 1½ cups of the hot syrup over the hot cake. Top with the rind. Stand the cake for at least 30 minutes.
  • 7
    Serve the cake, warm or cooled, with the remaining syrup and whipped cream, if desired.

Notes

Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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