Clementine and California Prunes Cake

19th December 2022

California Prune Board ambassadors unwrap sweet Christmas treats

California Prune Board’s ambassadors, Peter Sidwell and Stefano Collomb, have unveiled fabulously festive dishes featuring ever versatile and naturally sweet California Prunes.

Innovative chef, baker, and TV presenter Peter uses California Prunes in a range of sweet and savoury dishes influenced by international flavours and seasonal produce. For the forthcoming holiday season, he’s whisked up a decadent Clementine and California Prune upside down cake.

“California Prunes are a deliciously versatile ingredient that pair well with a range of other ingredients,” explains Peter. “This year, I wanted to get back to basics with a nostalgic bake, switching out more frequently used pineapple for a sweet combination of prunes and clementines and a cocoa twist.”

Meanwhile Peter’s fellow California Prune Board ambassador, Stefano Collomb, has revisited another classic. The Italian-based Master Chocolatier’s ‘Panettone Duet with California Prunes’, on sale at his Valle d’Aosta store ‘Chocolat’, features two mini panettones. The first blends California Prunes with milk and white chocolate, while the second uses dark chocolate to contrast the sweetness of the prunes. Both are further enriched with pistachios and star anise.

Esther Ritson-Elliott, Director of International Marketing and Communications says: “Peter Sidwell and Stefano Collomb’s dishes are the perfect way to demonstrate the versatile nature of California Prunes and the starring role they can play in festive treats this season. Nostalgia foods like prunes are again growing in popularity with many home cooks. As they’re also packed with fibre and other vitamins and minerals, this brings an extra feelgood factor to Christmas.”

Peter Sidwell’s Clementine and California Prune upside down cake recipe is available at



The California Prune Board was established in 1952 to represent growers and handlers under the authority of the California Secretary of Food and Agriculture. California is the world’s largest producer of prunes with orchards across 14 counties in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Promoting a lifetime of wellness through the enjoyment of California Prunes, the organisation leads the premium prune category with generations of craftsmanship supported by California’s leading food safety and sustainability standards. California Prunes. Prunes. For life.

Kathryn Swinglehurst, Apple Tree Communications (ATC) Ltd  /  E: / T: +44 (0) 7775 814156