Walter Mitty is best known for his wild imagination, profound character arc, and penchant for Papa Johns, Cinnabon, eHarmony, Air Greenland, and a host of other popular products. He, some eastern European sailors, and some warlords on horseback also share a soft spot for Walter's Mother's Clementine Cake. Follow along this week as, thanks to a sinus infection, we voicelessly recreate this bright, tart, quirky treat.
- 3 cups of sugar
- 450g of cake flour
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp of baking powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ cup of butter
- 487.5g of sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup clementine juice
- Zest of 4 clementines
- 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
- Nonstick spray
- Parchment paper
- 150g sifted powdered sugar
- 30-45 ml of clementine juice
- Zest of 1 clementine
- Start by slicing 3 clementines for candying. Make sure you slice them very thin.
- Poach the clementines in boiling water for 1 minute, and then shock them by transferring them to a bowl of ice water.
- Combine 3 cups of sugar and 1 ½ cups of water in a large saucepan. Add a little squeeze of clementine juice and bring to a sweet gentle simmer. Add clementines in a single layer and simmer for 90 minutes, flipping every 30 minutes.
- Once soft and translucent, cool on a wire rack and pour clementine syrup into a measuring cup for later. Set aside.
- Weigh out 450g of cake flour to which you’re going to add 1 ½ tsp of salt, ¾ tsp of baking powder, and ¾ tsp of baking soda. Whisk to combine.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix 1 ½ cups of butter until creamy
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add 487.5g of sugar and mix that as well.
- Scrape down the sides again, and add 6 large eggs and 3 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix again.
- Add ¾ cup of clementine juice and the zest of 4 clementines and mix to combine.
- Finally add the dry ingredients and 1 ¼ cups of buttermilk and mix just enough to combine.
- Coat a cake pan with nonstick spray and parchment paper. Add the cake batter and cook at 350°F for 45 minutes.
- Use a cake tester or a knife to make sure the cake is completely done.
- Generously brush down the cake with clementine syrup.
- Pour glaze over the top and add candied clementines.
- Slice yourself a piece and enjoy.
- Combine 150g of sifted powdered sugar, 30-45 ml of clementine juice, and the zest of one clementine. Whisk to combine. (You can use milk instead of juice to look more accurate to the movie, but the juice is better)