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Delicious Clementine Pound Cake Recipe

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Clementine Pound Cake is full of sweet clementines and topped with a clementine cake glaze offering a deliciously light, sweet pound cake to enjoy as a dessert or breakfast treat. A perfect cake to enjoy when this fruit is in season. 

Clementine Pound Cake is light and sweet from clementine oranges complete with delicious clementine cake glaze to serve on top.

The Best Clementine Pound Cake Recipe Everyone Should Know How to Make

There are certain moments in time when the baking gods are on your side and what you envision in your head actually comes out the way you thought it would and then there are times when it comes out so much better than you ever expected.

This is the delicious outcome of the recipe for Clementine Pound Cake.

Clementines in a loaf pan

When nearing the end of the clementine season,  it was so exciting that my last trip to the market yielded the sweetest bunch yet! Not wanting them to go to waste, I thought of different recipes I could try such as cookiesmuffins, or maybe scones?

Then the light bulb moment came, how about a pound cake?

We could enjoy with morning coffee AND enjoy it as a dessert.

I've made lemon pound cake and strawberry pound cakes, but this time I wanted something more on the sweeter side rather than tart and clementines seemed to be a perfect choice.

Clementine Pound Cake

A few things you should know before we get started:

Tips You Should Know to Make this Clementine Cake

Tip 1: Be careful zesting this fruit.

  • Unlike lemons, limes, and bigger cousin orange, clementines do not have the white pith separating the fruit from the skin to let you know when to stop your Microplane.
  • Clementines have orange all the way through the skin, so when you zest, be sure to do so with a light hand.
Clementine Pound Cake

Tip 2: Do not over bake your clementine pound cake.

  • When recipe testing, we found the initial baking of 30 minutes was definitely NOT long enough.  The center of cake cracked, but remained very “jiggly.” The ideal baking time was revealed to be 45-55 minutes.
  • If your cake is still testing not done by the desired time, because we all know every oven is different, then continue to bake in 5-minute increments until a toothpick tests clean.
clementine juice in measuring cup

Clementine Cake Glaze

clementine cake pouring glaze

Clementine cake glaze is the cherry on top of this tasty cake. It is surprisingly light and creates a thin crisp coating that is absolutely delicious!

Tools to make Cake Glaze

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Ingredients for Clementine Cake Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup clementine juice (about 2 fruit)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Clementine oranges with leaves

Put Citrus Into Your Baking

If you want to add a burst of flavor to your cooking many cooks are known to squeeze a little bit of lemon over their finished dish. 

Putting a little pizazz in your baked goods has the same tasty results! 

Try a bit of orange, lemon or lime zest using a Microplane next time you make some cookies or muffins. The flavor profile is amazing! 

I'm sure adding just a tiny bit of lemon zest would perk up a cherry dump cake recipe too!

Here is our wonderful recipe for Clementine Pound Cake. I hope you try it and come back and let us know how you liked it!

A printable recipe is below!

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Clementine Pound Cake on plate with Clementine Cake Glaze is delicious recipe from Eat Picks

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Yield: 12

Delicious Clementine Pound Cake Recipe

Clementine Pound Cake is a delicious taste of citrus and spring!

Sweet Clementines make a super delicious clementine pound cake complete with clementine glaze. Perfect for snacks or dessert!

Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6-7 clementine oranges
  • ½ cup butter, 1 stick, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ c flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1/3 c juice of clementine
  • Zest 6 clementine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Glaze:
  • ¼ cup clementine juice, about 2 fruit
  • ½ c sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In small bowl, zest skin of 6 clementine fruit. Set aside.
  3. In small measuring cup, juice the zested fruit to measure 1/3 cup. (about 4 fruit)
  4. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Prepare loaf pan by greasing lightly with butter.
  6. In mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  7. Add sour cream.
  8. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  9. Add 1/3 of flour mixture to mixer bowl, then half juice. Alternate until all flour and juice have been added.
  10. Add vanilla and zest and mix until combined.
  11. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth out top.
  12. Bake for 40-50 minutes until cake tester comes clean from center of loaf. If still liquidy, bake in 5 minute increments until golden brown and tester is clean.
  13. While cake is baking, make the glaze.
  14. In bowl combine sugar and juice of 2 clementine and set aside.
  15. Place a sheet of wax paper underneath a cooling rack.
  16. Remove cake and let cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  17. Remove from pan and place on cooling rack.
  18. With wooden skewer, poke holes in top of warm cake.
  19. Pour glaze slowly over top so it can soak in.
  20. Let cool completely.
  21. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 4g

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Original Post 3/27/19

Updated 11/10/19

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Kim L

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I am getting ready to make this right now! Can’t wait

Kelly Pugliano

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

You will love it!!! Let me know how it turns out! :)

Jess

Monday 7th of December 2020

This cake was so good my roommate and I finished it within 24 hours! I cut the sugar for the glaze in half and think I might cut the sugar to 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup because it was a bit too sweet. Even with that, this is the easiest pound cake recipe I've found and an instant favorite, so much so that I'm kind of considering making another one tomorrow...

Kelly Pugliano

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Oh, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this pound cake!!! it is SO good!!! I really like the glaze on top-and you can't beat the taste of clementines. And there is absolutely no judgement here if making another! ;)

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[…] really like the flavors from this recipe for Clementine Pound Cake, so I thought it would transfer well into this basic scone recipe. And I was […]

Allison

Friday 3rd of April 2020

Is the glaze made with granulated sugar or powdered sugar? If it is granulated sugar, does it need to be heated to dissolve the sugar?

Kelly Pugliano

Friday 3rd of April 2020

Hi Allison! The glaze is made with granulated sugar and it does not need to be heated. Whisk together until as incorporated as possible. Once you pour over cake, it will make a "hardened" glaze- not hard, but a nice topping!

Amy

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Is the sour cream an error? It doesn’t say when to add it in the instructions.

Kelly Pugliano

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Thank you for catching that! Yes, sour cream is correct and I just updated the recipe card! ;)

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