Clementine and Mincemeat Cake

This month, Becky from Mrs Bee’s Cafe has shared a delicious post-Christmas recipe…

This cake is a great way to use up any leftover mincemeat or some of those sad clementine’s we have lurking in the fruit bowl.  As a leftover cake, it is fairly forgiving so work with what you’ve got.  For example, the mincemeat, although I have said 200g, this recipe will work with more or less, more will make it a denser fruit cake less will make for a very light almost speckled fruit cake.  The clementine’s – the recipe will work with other variety of oranges. The clementine top can easily be created with one small lonely clementine, just slice this and create a central line. The sugar – although I have said caster sugar you can easily use golden caster or light brown sugar.

 I hope you have as much fun making this as I did!


3 large eggs

220g margarine or butter

200g caster sugar

220g Self raising flour

1 Tbsp Clementine juice/ orange juice

Zest of 1 clementine

200g mincemeat


20g butter/margarine

20g caster sugar

1-2 clementine’s (depending on size) thinly sliced


  1. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin and preheat the oven to 160 degrees (fan).
  2. Mix together the 20g butter/margarine and 20g sugar to make a paste. Evenly spread this paste onto the base of the loaf tin, and place the slices of clementine’s on top of the paste, to cover the base of the tin. (This cake will be turned upside down so if there is a nicer cut side lay that into the butter paste)
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the all the other ingredients apart from the mincemeat and mix together to for a thick cake batter.
  4. At this point fold through the mincemeat. The cake mixture will slacken with the addition of mincemeat. Ensure the mincemeat is thoroughly folded through the mixture.
  5. Pour this mixture into the loaf tin and bake on 160 degrees (fan) for 40-60 mins. Check after 30 minutes and place foil over the top if it is browning too quickly. The cake is done when a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Leave the cake to cool and turn the cake out of the tin and remove the grease proof when still slightly warm.

To find out more about the delicious food served at Mrs Bee’s you can visit their facebook page or follow them on instagram @mrsbeespottingshed.  Or why not pop in and try their delicious food out for yourself at Russells Garden Centre in Baginton.  Enjoy!