Clementine Breakfast Cake*

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I am kind of anti-social. Not like totally, but partly. I am great in person and am mostly not weird online –keyword being mostly. I am also awesome at texting and emailing…but there is something about the telephone that makes me all weird and awkward. There are all of 6 people that I regularly talk to on the phone…and 4 of them are family.

So when I got an important email a couple weeks ago, asking me to call so we could work out the details on the phone, I got all sweaty and tried to think of a way out of it. Maybe I could say my voice doesn’t work right and instead I have to use email. Or that I don’t have a phone? Or maybe I could say I’m deaf? …but then I probably would have mentioned that on my website before. I mean, I’m pretty sure being deaf is a big deal and you would talk about it. So I put on my big girl panties, dialed the number, and prayed I would get voicemail.

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After I awkwardly explained who I was and what I was calling about, I finally found the right person I needed to talk to. He immediately got down to business and started talking numbers and going on and on about the scary graph charts that I was pretty sure were put in just for fun…apparently they weren’t. So after a lot of mmmhmms and ummms on my part, he finally asked for my opinion on everything.

During all of this, I had clementines boiling to later make this cake. Right as he was asking for my opinion, I was in the process of removing the clementines from the boiling water. I could have been smart and just pulled the pot off the heat, but instead I was taking them out with tongs. So this is how it went down:

Mr. Important Business Guy: What are your thoughts regarding the numbers presented in the pie graph on page 2?

Me: Ummm, well I think they look really good.

:::pulling clementines out of BOILING water with cheap flimsy metal tongs one by one:::

Mr. Important Business Guy: So you think those percentages will work out ok for you?

Me: Yes, as long as they are what we talked about in the email I think they look like they SHIT!!!! (at this point, I dropped a very large clementine –that was literally boiling– onto my bare foot) Holy crap that was flippin’ hot!

Mr. Important Business Guy: ::talking over me:: Excuse me? Jessica? What did you say?!


…after that I spent the next 5 minutes apologizing and trying to explain what happened. I don’t think he ever understood what I was saying,  why I was boiling clementines, or why I had actually used the word flippin’ after my first choice of profanity. Either way, the deal is still on at this point and I’m pretty sure I’m never going to boil clementines ever, ever again…no matter how good this cake was.

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I loved this cake for many reasons. First, it went best with coffee in the morning. Any cake that demands to be eaten at breakfast time is my kind of cake. Secondly, I liked the complexity from the combination of the almond and clementine flavors. And third, I just like cake.




Clementine Breakfast Cake

Yield: 9 inch cake

Recipe Note: I found this cake to taste better on the second day...but it still tasted great on the first day as well!


  • 4 clementines
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup powedered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon clementine juice


Place clementines in a large pot with cold water to cover, bring to a boil, and cook for 2 hours. Adding additional water to keep clementines covered, as needed. Drain clementines and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, cut each clementine in half and remove any seeds (all but 1 of my clementines was seed free). Then finely chop the skins, pith, and fruit in the processor.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter and line an 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer, beat the eggs on medium-high for 2 minutes. Add the sugar, almond meal, flour and baking powder and mix until combined. Add the chopped clementines and stir by hand to combine.

Pour the cake mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, and then loosely cover the top with foil. Continue baking for 15 to 20 more minutes, until a toothpick will come out clean.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack. When the cake is cold, remove from pan and transfer to a serving platter.

In a small bowl, whisk together clementine juice and powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle the glaze on top of the cake and serve immediately. Or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Adapted from Nigella Lawson

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49 Responses to “Clementine Breakfast Cake”

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — February 15, 2012 @ 12:41 am

    Ohhh man, I feel the same way about the phone. I’m a multi-tasker by nature, and cannot just sit and listen to someone that I can’t see. So, i end up doing other stuff while talking to them, getting distracted, and end up having no clue what they’re talking about. I’m a terrible person.

    Anyway, this cake looks delicious, and is so pretty! I love your little plate too!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 15, 2012 @ 1:09 am

    This looks fabulous and I just made orange-coconut donuts. This cake is right up my alley. But what I am LOVING are your dishes. So pretty!

    There is NOTHING worse than trying to multi task a cooking project and pretend you’re not doing it with someone important (or unimportant) on the phone. I tried to pull that off today…with not much success. Lol

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    Manderley — February 15, 2012 @ 2:32 am

    Yummy, I love this cake!

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    Kathryn — February 15, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    You have 6 people that you talk to on the phone?! I’m impressed! I talk to my parents on the phone but I even refuse to talk to my boyfriend on the phone. Anyway, anything called breakfast cake is going to be a winner in my book. I think I’ve made the Nigella version of this cake before and it’s amazing. Love the combination of clementines and almonds.

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    Blog is the New Black — February 15, 2012 @ 5:17 am

    Love this story! :) And I love this cake!

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    Priyanka — February 15, 2012 @ 6:43 am

    Yum, a few days back I saw this recipe in TV and wanted to try it. But your creation is so much better then the one on TV. Very tempting

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    Jmposti4 — February 15, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Looks like a winner. AND I watched your GMJ video,,,great job! You looked fabulous.

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    Laura — February 15, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    *hate* the phone. Never been one of those gals to gab on it all day! Love the look of this cake. My mom used to make orange muffins for breakfast, and it kind of reminds me of that. Looks so moist and delicious!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — February 15, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    Your story made me cackle like a jackass. I’m totally with you regarding the telephone – which is beyond weird because as a teenager, I could talk on the phone for hours on end!

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    Dawn — February 15, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    Refreshing to know I’m not the only female who hates being on the phone and thinks cake for breakfast is perfectly acceptable. This cake sounds amazing!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 15, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    hahaha, what a funny story. made my morning :) i don’t like talking on the phone, either. isn’t it weird that nowadays people hate talking on the phone and that’s all we really had back then? i’m just so awkward and i always feel like there’s that awkward silence. i only talk to my parents on the phone and that’s about it. some random phone calls every now and then from friends trying to solidify plans but yeah…phones are awkward lol…i’m glad the cake turned out well for you though :) looks delicious!

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    brandi — February 15, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    i am the SAME way with the phone now! i loved talking on the phone when i was younger, but i don’t like it very much now.

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    Mandy M — February 15, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    hahahaha! I love the story that went along with this amazing-sounding recipe. I try to mutitask all the time, but I’m sure you take the cake (ha – no pun intended there!) on the downfalls of trying to do too much at one time.

    The cake recipe sounds delish! Thanks for sharing.

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    Maria — February 15, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I want a piece!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — February 15, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I’m the same way – I often joke that if calling and ordering a pizza would save my life, I would die of starvation first! I HATE talking to people I don’t know on the phone =- hate having to call them even more!

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — February 15, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Hahaha! Loved this post. I hate talking on the phone too—darn internet age ruining my in-real-life skills :)
    This cake looks so good! I remember seeing the boiled clementines on Twitter; glad to see their use was in CAKE! :)

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — February 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    The cake looks luscious. A fabulous way to start the morning. Good luck with the deal!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — February 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    I saw this on instagram and have been wait for the recipe – I love clementines and this looks like a perfect way to use a bunch from those crates I repeatedly buy!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — February 15, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Ha! This made my morning. It’s crazy how many people get flustered talking on the phone these days. I say this like I’m 50 or something but for some reason, at 29, the phone doesn’t bother me. I manage a bunch of young people straight out of college at work and their reluctance to pick up the phone to speak to a client baffles me sometimes! I just want to scream, but your big girl/boy pants on and do it! Granted, they don’t have clementines boiling on the stove 😉

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    jenna — February 15, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    oh wow…my mouth is water. this looks stunning!

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — February 15, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    I’m sorry, I almost forgot there was a delicious recipe I was crushin’ on your dishes so hard!

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    thelittleloaf — February 15, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    As soon as I saw the post title ‘breakfast cake’ I knew this would be a winner :-) Clementines add such a delicious moistness to cake – I’ve made Nigella’s clementine cake before which is gorgeous too.

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — February 15, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    I’m with you on the phone-what is it about phone conversations that are so intimidating?!

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    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time — February 15, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    I’m making this. I’m making this. I’m making this. I can see how amazing the cake is in the picture. Wow, it looks delicious.

    Ok, on to the other stuff. Using the word shit on a business call is bad. Using the word that you replaced with flippin’, well, that would have killed the deal. You done good.

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    Kim — February 15, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    What exactly is almond meal? Any substitutes?

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    Cam — February 15, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    I looove your writing style. I’ll be back! I had to explain an edited version to my 5 year-old when I started laughing out loud!! Great read…and love the recipe.

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    Windy — February 15, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    I’m gonna have to pick up some almond meal so I can have cake for breakfast.

    Hope your foot is ok. And I understand your use of flippin. The F-bomb is a way bigger curse than the S-bomb. /nod It’s a rule.

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    joni — February 15, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    Laughed so hard I cried. Thanks for that! I’m not sure I could bring myself to chop that many clementines whole and put them all in a cake. But the finished product looks amazing!

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    Alaina — February 15, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    hahha you’re so funny! 😛 I can’t wait to try this out! Genius

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 15, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Oh, YES. Now this is my kinda breakfast. Great recipe and beautiful photos, Jessica!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — February 15, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    This looks divine! And I pray for voicemail too. 😉

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    Bev Weidner — February 15, 2012 @ 6:42 pm


    a) I’m the SAME WAY when it comes to phones. I ramble. Stutter. Cough. Barf.

    b) I’m not really HAPPY this happened to you (how’s your foot?) but I’m so happy this happened. 😉

    c) there’s no c. I just feel like there normally is one, so this is it.

    d) I miss you! I guess that could have been c.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — February 15, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    This is so, so gorgeous and I adore clementines!

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    Joanne — February 15, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    I avoid talking on the phone and skype. At.All.Costs.

    Text and twitter = the two loves of my life. Facebook messages are okay too.

    OW about the foot. But at least it made for an awesomely delicious blog post!

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    Kiran @ — February 15, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    I usually am not too good at multi-tasking in the kitchen. Disasters are waiting to happen, usually. Hope you didn’t injure yourself!

    I want a slice of this luscious cake — mmmm!!

    ps: Can’t wait to meet at FBF :)

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    Erica — February 15, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    I totally get you on the phone thing. I’ve worked as a receptionist and my current job has me on the phone all the time and yet I STILL am all sorts of awkward on the phone. I’m glad it still worked out in the end though! And this cake looks magnificent.

    (PS I made your Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies for my office yesterday and they were a HUGE hit. Thank you for an awesome recipe!!)

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    Leila — February 16, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    OMG this just made me laugh out loud SO hard because I am literally the EXACT. SAME. WAY. about the phone. To the point where I even get weird about calling certain family members that I’m very close to in person, but we just don’t talk on the phone much… It’s SUCH a weird phobia but I’m extremely relieved to know that I’m not the only one! hahaha

    And go figure, I now have a job where I not only have to call people a lot, but sometimes I have to cold call people to get info from them. THAT is the worst. Karma.

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    annabanana — February 17, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    I also wanted to say that I’m the same way! I just don’t want to talk on the phone. Text me or email me. This is sometimes an issue with dates. Though I do have a job where I have to talk on the phone to customer service rep’s at various insurance companies. But when the talk is technical I find it less disturbing. Also, I’ve totally been meaning to make this cake. It looks delicious.

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    Paula — February 17, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I have been known to eat a slice of cake or two for breakfast myself. This one would be especially delicious (and healthy) due to the clementines…I’d be getting my vitamin C too!

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    Annalise — February 17, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    First of all, I also hate talking on the phone. HATE it. I feel your pain.

    And second, hooray for cake for breakfast! This cake looks and sounds amazing!

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    Tristine — February 19, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Whatever the deal: congrats!!

    This recipe looks awesome, however, I’m not familiar with almond meal. Do you think there’s a substitute for it that I could use? I really want to try this, but I know for sure I’d have a hard time finding almond meal anywhere around here. Anything Nigella is awesome! I adore her!

    • Jessica replied: — February 21st, 2012 @ 12:23 am

      Thanks girl! And you can make your own almond meal…it’s just pureed almonds! But it is a pain and you would have to sift them.

      You should be able to find Almond Meal at any grocery store…but if not, there is always online:

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    rosmawati — February 24, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    How the taste of this cake? Once you boil the clementines, the bitterness gone?

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    Heather — March 2, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    You are not alone! I loathe phone calls and usually only talk on the phone to my parents and one friend. That’s it. When people talk to me on the phone I kind of just zone out, only to come back to Hello? Are you still there? LOL. Not on purpose, i just find that if we aren’t face to face I get distracted easily.
    I email, facebook or send messages on Etsy if it relates to our shop there. I recently had a client that wanted to touch base via phone because it was easier for her. Not wanting to turn her away by keeping it to email I made myself call. It turned out ok, but I really had to force myself not to do anything else while we were talking so that I retained the conversation. Multi-tasking while on the phone is a crime of mine as well.

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    Lori — April 18, 2012 @ 12:54 am

    Ha. Thought I was the only weirdo that makes up odd excuses to avoid phone calls. There’s just something so awkward about it.

    I really, really, really don’t like powdered sugar. What might you suggest for an alternative icing? I’d like to keep the clementine juice in it. Something that involves butter or cream cheese would be fine.



    • Jessica replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

      You can always skip the icing! Or maybe a cream cheese one?

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    Adriana — January 30, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    This cake is perfect for our winter fruit and I hope to make it this weekend!

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    LydiaF — March 16, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    I’ve made the orange version of this cake. Love the moist, dense texture and intense flavor of it. I was looking for a recipe to use up my box of clementines and came across this one. Thanks for the inspiration!

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