Frosted clementine cake

Frosted clementine cake
A beautiful alternative to the traditional Christmas fruitcake
Serves 16  / 
Prep 1 Hour 30 Mins  / 
Cook 40 Mins

Ingredients

4 Co-op clementines, 2 zested
150g Co-op unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
325g caster sugar
6 large Co-op British free range eggs, beaten
150g pack Co-op ground almonds
200g Co-op plain white flour
2 ½ tsp Co-op baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve
For the candied clementine slices:
100g caster sugar
3 tbsp Cointreau, optional
3 clementines, sliced into 5mm rounds
For the frosting:
175g Co-op unsalted butter, softened
325g icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Put all the clementines in a pan of boiling water, cover and simmer for 1 hour, until soft.

Drain and leave to cool. Once cool, cut in half and remove any pips.

Whizz the clementines, including skin, into a purée
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4.

To make the cake batter, beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until fluffy, then whisk in the beaten egg, a little at a time.

In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients with half the clementine zest. Fold half into the egg mixture, along with half of the purée, then fold in the rest of each until the batter is combined and smooth.

Grease and line 2 x 20cm diameter deep loose-bottomed cake tins.

Divide the batter between them and bake for 35-40 mins, until golden and firm.

Cool in the tins slightly, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile make the candied clementine slices: dissolve the sugar in 3 tbsp water and the Cointreau, (if using, or use an extra 3 tbsp water) in a large frying pan. Once dissolved, increase the heat until bubbling and add the clementine slices in a single layer.

Reduce the heat slightly and simmer for 8-10mins, turning half way until softened and sticky
Transfer to a baking paper lined plate to cool and harden slightly.

To make the frosting, beat the butter until smooth, then add the icing sugar in stages, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and remaining zest.

Cut each sponge in half horizontally to make 4 layers
Spread about 4 tbsp frosting on 1 layer, then top with the next layer.

Repeat until all 4 sponges are sandwiched together
Ice the cake all over with the rest of the frosting.

Decorate with candied clementine slices piled in the centre and dust with ground cinnamon to finish.