Clementine and California Prunes Cake
Clementine and California Prunes Cake

Clementine & California Prunes Cake

The festive season is in full swing, and we’ll all be in our kitchens baking and cooking! Why not try this super tasty and decedent clementine and California Prunes upside down cake that can take centre stage on the Christmas dinner table!

Makes: 8Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 40-50 minutes


  • For the topping
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 4 clementines
  • 10 California Prunes
  • For the sponge
  • 200g margarine
  • 200g California Prunes
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 360g self-raising flour
  • 40g cocoa powder



1. Pour the sugar into the bottom of a deep round 8-inch cake pan.
2. Sit the California Prunes on top of the sugar.
3. Slice the oranges as thin as possible, then add the sugar in the cake pan.
4. Squeeze the ends of the oranges over the slices to help make a nice caramel.
5. Blend the margarine and California Prunes together in a bowl with the sugar for 2-3 minutes until combined, light and fluffy, I like to use an electric mixer.
6. Add the eggs one at a time, taking care to make sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
7. Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder and food together.
8. Spoon the cake mixture on top of the sliced oranges and California Prunes.
9. Bake in a pre-heated oven 170°C for 40-50 minutes or until fully baked.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.