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The clementine-rosemary syrup and olive oil give a savory nod to an otherwise sweet dessert. For an elegantly rustic final presentation, decorate the cake with chopped pistachios, candied clementines, and rosemary sprigs.


Yield: ONE 10 - INCH CAKE

Cook Time: 40-45 Minutes

Candied clementines and syrup
2 cups water

¾ cup granulated sugar

½ cup honey

1 sprig rosemary

2 clementines, thinly sliced

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup durum wheat semolina flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup melted butter

¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

Zest of 2 clementines

1 cup imported mascarpone cheese

¾ cup confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Zest of 2 clementines

½ cup chopped pistachios

Sprigs of rosemary, optional


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Preparation Method

To prepare candied clementines and syrup

  1. In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, honey, and rosemary to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add clementine slices and reduce heat to a simmer, turning slices until tender and syrup is reduced, about 40 minutes.
  2. Strain clementine slices, reserving syrup to use on cake.
  3. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, arrange slices in a single layer. Cool completely before using to decorate.

To prepare cake

  1. With a rack set at position “3,” select Gourmet Mode and choose Baked Goods, Cake, Sheet, and then One Rack.
  2. Grease a 10-inch cake pan with a knob of butter and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Sift together flours, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, whisk melted butter with olive oil.
  4. Place eggs, sugar, and clementine zest in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on high until pale and thickened, about 3 minutes. Lower mixer speed and alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients, starting and ending with the dry.
  5. Once mixed, pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for 40–45 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Once baked, poke holes all over the top of the cake with a skewer.
  7. Pour 1 cup of the reserved clementine syrup on top of cake. Let cool to room temperature before transferring to a cake stand.

To prepare frosting

  1. Place mascarpone, confectioner’s sugar, heavy whipping cream, and clementine zest in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Dollop frosting in the center of the cake, spreading evenly toward the edges. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Top with candied clementine slices and rosemary sprigs.