Clementine & Almond Cake â€“ Today I am sharing a delightful recipe for Meg Rivers Clementine & Almond Cake, which would be perfect for Mothering Sunday or Easter, as well as an opportunity to win a Meg Rivers 6 month subscription to the Cake Club, a really delectable prize that is worth Â£120!
Win a Six Month Meg Rivers Cake Club Subscription
I love cake, and even though I am more of a savoury person, nothing quite beats a beautifully baked cake, whether it be home-baked or bought from a reputable, artisan bakery;Â and, one of my favourite bakeries is Meg Rivers, which is situated in The Cotswolds in England.Â Meg Rivers started her business in 1986 when she began baking cakes in her home kitchen. It was in the pre-internet days when selling food mail-order was something of a rarity, however, the business was so successful, that in 1991, Meg won Businesswoman of the Year. Sadly, Meg Rivers passed away, but the bakery is still in good hands, as one of Megâ€™s family friends, Julian Day, took over the bakery along with his daughters, thus ensuring that beautiful, hand-baked and artisan cakes and bakes are still the cornerstone of the company. Julian has subsequently published a a book, â€œMeg Rivers Home Bakingâ€, a copy of which I have and refer to on numerous occasions, and which really highlights the passion and commitment that he and his family have to bake cakes of high quality with premium ingredients.
As well as being able to buy artisan cakes, you can also buy biscuits and tray-bakes by mail order from Meg Rivers too, including gift collections, some of which come in tins.Â But, as we lead up to Motherâ€™s Day (Mothering Sunday) and Easter this year, itâ€™s the cakes, and more specifically the Monthly Subscription Cake Club Iâ€™d like to feature today, along with a fabulous recipe from Meg Rivers, forÂ Clementine & Almond Cake,Â which you can all make at home, as well as the opportunity to enter into a very special giveaway, where all Lavender and Lovage readers have the chance to win a SIX MONTH subscription to Meg Rivers Cake Club, worth Â£120! Iâ€™d also like to share some ideas how to serve this wonderfully moist, citrus cake, which has gone down a storm in our house. Todayâ€™s recipe forÂ Clementine & Almond Cake is the cake that will be sent out to all Cake Club members this Easter, and I have some great ideas how to dress the cake up for Easter, as well as Motherâ€™s Day too.
To serveÂ Clementine & Almond Cake, here are a few ideas that we enjoy here at Chez Lavender and Lovage:Â
Cut the cake into slices, and heat it up in a microwave on a medium heat for about 1 minute, it should be warm and not hot, then serve with cream or creme fraiche, in the style of a â€œpudding cakeâ€.Â
Decorate the cake with buttercream icing or an extra drizzle of fruit icing, and cut it in half to add more if you want a rich cake for a special occasion.Â
Add some edible flowers to the cake, or homemade crystallised violets for a pretty floral look for Motherâ€™s Day, Easter or a summer birthday cake.Â
For Easter, add some mini chocolate Easter eggs and wee chicks to the top of the cake, similar to this chocolateÂ cake I made last yearâ€¦..
Whatever the occasion, although nothing extra is needed for any of Meg Rivers cakes, you can adapt the decoration and add some extras, such as buttercream icing, according to how you want to serve the cake/s. Hereâ€™s more information about the Cake Clubâ€¦â€¦..
- A freshly baked Meg Rivers cakes will be delivered by post to your door every month of the year, whether it be for you and your family, or for a loved one or a friend, it makes for a very special gift.
- Itâ€™s simple, each month you will receive a different cake, many of the cakes are exclusive to the Cake Club, and you get to play taster. Which will be your favourite, a traditional Simnel Cake at Easter, Elderflower & Gooseberry Cake in July, or maybe a sticky Ginger & Molasses Cake in November. So, thatâ€™s a cake a month, all according to the seasonâ€¦..this monthâ€™s cake of the month for March 2018, is, not surprises here, theÂ Clementine & Almond Cake!
NB:Â Cake Club can commence at any time of year but must run for consecutive months. Price includes UK mainland post and packing.Â
The Meg RiversÂ Clementine & Almond Cake recipe is shared below, for those who would like to make it, as well as order one for your mum this Motherâ€™s Day.Â Then, just below the recipe, there is the giveaway, which is easy to enter, all of the entry requirements are listed clearly above the Rafflecopter entry boxâ€¦..Good Luck to all of you who enter the contest, and donâ€™t forget the share the link with your friends and family for a chance to share six months worth of cakes! KarenÂ
Disclaimer: Paid collaborative post with Meg Rivers Artisan Bakery
Motherâ€™s Day Clementine & Almond Cake Recipe:
200g butter (spreadable texture)
35g clementine zest (from about 5 clementines)
15g lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
4 free range eggs (xl size)
250g ground almonds
100g plain flour
For the syrup:
100ml clementine juice
1. Grease and line a 7 inch diameter round cake tin with parchment paper, ensuring the paper stands about 1 inch above the top of the tin â€“ this is to hold syrup as it soaks in to the cake later in the process. Ensure the butter is a soft, spreadable texture and the eggs should be at room temperature.
2. Wash the fruit, then remove zest from the clementines and lemons. Squeeze the juice from the clementines and keep aside to make the syrup later.
3. In a large mixing bowl, add both of the zests to the butter and sugar and blend together. Slowly add the egg, beating it in until well incorporated into the mixture. Add the ground almonds and flour and stir well. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake in a pre-heated oven for about 60 â€“ 75 minutes at 170Â°centigrade (non convection oven) or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. The cake should have slightly shrunken from the sides and be springy to the touch. When ready, remove from the oven, leave it in the tin and place on a wire rack.
4. To make the syrup, warm the sugar and clementine juice in a small pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. While the cake is still warm from the oven, pierce the cake to about three quarters of its depth using a skewer (a piece of spaghetti works well) to make lots of holes about 1 inch apart all over the surface of the cake. Drizzle over the syrup â€“ you may have to do this in stages to allow all the syrup to soak in. Let the cake cool completely in the tin, then turn it out on to a serving plate. Serve with segments of clementine and crÃ¨me fraiche.
Win a 6 Month Subscription to the Meg Rivers Cake Club (worth Â£120)
To enter this Meg Rivers Six Month Cake Subscription Giveaway, all you have to do is the following:
1. Complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries â€“ THREE mandatory questions will appear, which you need to answer by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post to say that you have signed up to the Meg Rivers email list (found on the website at the bottom of every page on the Meg Rivers website), following me on Twitter and liking the Meg Rivers Facebook page OR following their Twitter account, before going back to the Rafflecopter form and hitting â€œEnterâ€. (After this, you can complete the bonus entries as explained on the form to increase your odds of winning â€“ you can also return daily to tweet this for more bonus entries)
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