Clementine Cake

Food from Movies I – Clementine Cake from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

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Have you ever watched a character in a movie eat something with so much gusto and make it appear so tasty that it made you drool and crave for that food immediately?
Yes. This is why I wanted to start this “project” within my food blog.

 Every time I see somebody eat something in a movie I always imagined the taste and soon or later I cooked it, or at least I cook what I imagine it to taste like.

Take for example the Disney movie “Ratatouille”, when the stiff and cold Anton Ego tastes the first bite of ratatouille and melts down, smiling for the first time and enjoying the food as he never enjoyed before, seeing a new side of life.

Now, I ate ratatouille many times and I love it. But of course I never had a magical epiphany nor I changed my point of view on life.
So in my head I started wandering.. What is the secret ingredient that make it so delicious? How can I change the recipe to make me have the same expression he makes?

Of course is just a movie and such recipe doesn’t exist. But nothing stops me to give it a TRY.

So I will try to replicate whichever food ever made me drool in a movie.

I always had a passion for food and a passion for movies, but I’m not an expert in neither; so don’t take my words nor my recipes as the sacred Graal. It’s just my point of view.



The first food I tried to replicate is the Clementine Cake that appeared in the movie “The Secret Like of Walter Mitty“:

This cake is the favorite of the main character and made its appearance in the movie a few times, being the recurrent link during the movie from its starting point of having a boring still life to having unbelievable adventures around the world.

The cake was so good that it granted him the passage through the mountains of Afghanistan where some military blocked the way but cannot resist to the delicious taste of this cake and let him go.

This movie is a nice combination of drama and comedy where the scenes fade harmoniously from serious normal life to surrealistic dreams becoming at some point real adventures, with a mix of love and moral that makes the movie complete.

The weird thing about this clementine cake is that is made with full clementines – yes, skin and all – but then blended and mixed with the other ingredients to make a soft, moist and flavorful cake.

Topped with sweet icing and candied clementine peels. It will give you and amazing sugar rush and you’ll love it!


Clementine Cake
Serves 8
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
For the Cake
  1. 380g Clementines (about 3-4)
  2. 6 Eggs
  3. 200g (7/8 cup) Sugar
  4. 250g (2 cups) Almond Flour
  5. 1 tsp Baking powder
For the Glaze
  1. 200g (1+1/2 cups) Icing sugar
  2. 2 tbsp Soft Butter
  3. Clementines juice
For the Candied Peel
  1. Clementine Peels
  2. 4 tbsp Sugar
  3. 2 tbsp Water
  1. With a knife, pierce the clementines and place them in a bowl with a lid or covered with plastic wrap (make sure it’s all microwave safe). Warm them in the microwave at medium power for about 5-8 minutes or until they become soft.
  2. Let them cool down, then cut them in half and remove all eventual seeds.
  3. Put them in a blender (with the peel) and blend until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  4. In a bowl mix together the almond flour with sugar, baking powder and the eggs lightly beaten. Then add the blended clementines.
  5. Cover a 24 cm cake tin with baking paper and pour the cake mixture.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour at 200° C (400°F).
  7. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze.
For the Glaze
  1. Combine the soft butter, sugar and a bit of clementines’ juice (squeeze them with the juicer and set aside the peels), mix with an electric mixer until you get a thick cream, add the clementines’ juice until you get the desired consistency.
  2. Set aside and prepare the candied peel: Take the peels of clementines that you set aside before, cut them into strips and remove the white interior, leaving only the outer orange peel. Put 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and boil the peels for 2-3 minutes; gradually add sugar, until it dissolves. Let simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes until the peels are soft. Drain them and put them in a small bowl to cool down.
  3. When the cake it’s ready, let it cool on a rack before moving it into a serving dish. Make sure that it is very cold before adding the glaze or it will melt down.
  4. Decorate with the candied peels and serve. You’ll love it.
Adapted from Nigella Lawsons' Clementine Cake
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I'm an Italian girl recently immigrated to the Netherlands with a true passion for food. I love traditional and simple Italian recipes but once in a while I enjoy experiment new ingredients and foreign flavors. This blog is my perfect escape to find happiness in the only place it could be found: THE KITCHEN!

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