Contemporary Twist on a Classic Dessert: Clementine Upside-Down Cake

Gluten Free Clementine and Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic bake that’s loved by many, but we’ve teamed up with Neff to recreate this retro dessert and give it a revamp!

This recipe includes a soft sponge cake topped with sweet and citrusy clementine slices, caramelised brown sugar, garnished with Seville marmalade and juicy pomegranate arils. As well as being delicious in flavour, this recipe is also suitable for those who can’t eat gluten too!

So take your tastebuds on a tropical twist and have fun in the kitchen making this bake.


Allergens are marked in bold

For the Cake:

2 tbsp softened unsalted butter for greasing

4 tbsp soft brown sugar

6 clementines, sliced into 5mm slices (skin left on)

225 g unsalted butter, softened

200 g golden caster sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Zest of 3 clementines

4 medium eggs

200 g ground almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

50 g plain gluten-free flour blend

1 tsp gluten free baking powder

2 heaped tbsp fine shred Seville marmalade, warmed

To Serve:

2 tbsp pomegranate arils


Step 1

Preheat the oven to CircoTherm 170°C / Electric 200°C. Line the bottom of a 20cm springform cake tin* with a circle of baking parchment. Generously grease the tin and parchment with butter.

* Tip – ensure your springform tin doesn’t leak before you start. You can do this by filling the tin with water and checking to see that no water comes out. If it does, use a solid cake tin instead.

Step 2

Sprinkle the brown sugar over the base of the cake tin. Arrange the clementine slices over the base of the tin, starting in the middle and working your way out, slightly overlapping the clementines. Put the tin to one side.

Step 3

Place the butter in a large bowl with the golden caster sugar. Whisk with an electric whisk (or in a stand mixer) until fluffy for about 3-4 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and clementine zest, then whisk again whilst adding in the eggs, one at a time.

Step 4

Fold in the ground almonds, cinnamon, flour and baking powder. Spoon into the prepared cake tin, being careful not to move the clementine slices. Level the mixture with the back of a spoon.

Step 5

Place in the oven to cook for 40-50 minutes – until an inserted skewer comes out clean. You may need to cover with foil for the last 15-20 minutes of cooking if the cake starts to look too brown.

Step 6

Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the tin and carefully invert the cake on a plate or cake stand. Remove the tin and baking parchment. Brush over the warmed marmalade.

Serve the cake warm or cool, sprinkled with pomegranate arils.

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