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01.01.2003 -dessert - cake

Chocolate Clementine Cake

« The ideal seasonal dessert to serve in place of the time-honored Christmas Yule log. » 
Type Dessert - cake - chocolate  - clementines- chocolate cake
Level of difficulty medium
Preparation time Preparation: 40 min Cooking time: 40 min Standing: 24 hr (2 x 12 hr)
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Serves 4

  • 7 clementines with thin peels
  • 7 oz (200 g) caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 10 ½ oz (300 g) bitter couverture chocolate
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 fl oz (15 cl) thick cream
  • 1 hunk unsalted butter
  • 1 packet of dark chocolate shavings

Cooking utensils

  • Electric mixer or food processor
  • A hermetically sealable container (Tupperware-style)
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Cake mold
  • Cooking brush


Preparation the day before: Make the clementine confit:

  • In a casserole, bring 1 ¼ cups (30 cl) of water to a boil along with the sugar and vanilla bean (cut the bean in half lengthwise beforehand)
  • Poke holes in the clementines with a toothpick and drop them in the syrup
  • Cover the casserole, and let cook over very low heat for 40 minutes
  • Remove 3 clementines after cooking and put them in the mixer to make a sauce; keep the other clementines in the refrigerator for 12 hours in the sealable container

Preparation on day of cooking:

  • Melt the couverture chocolate in a bain-marie; slowly blend in the (warm) cream and sifted cocoa powder; beat the mixture while adding the ingredients to obtain a uniform consistency
  • Brush the cake mold a little melted butter
  • Drain the remaining clementines and remove the ends
  • Next, pour the cream into the bottom of the cake mold to a ¾ inch height, and let set 5 minutes in the refrigerator
  • At the end of the five minutes, place the clementines in the center of the mold (very close together), and cover them with the remaining chocolate cream
  • Place the mold in the refrigerator for 12 hours


  • Turn the cake out of the mold onto a serving dish; decorate with chocolate shavings
  • Serve in slices accompanied by a few spoonfuls of clementine sauce

Suggested drink or wines

Serve with a sweet cooked wine from Roussillon, such as a Chateau La Coste, for example.

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