From an interview with Clemence (Clem) Leveau-Vallier.


Clem arrived in Canada in 2012 with her husband. She has worked in a variety of marketing roles in both large corporations and start-ups, both B2B and B2C. She leads Arrive’s marketing team and is passionate about helping other newcomers find success in the country she now calls home. She has three young children, and became a Canadian citizen in 2018. Here’s one of her favourite holiday recipes.


Apple-Cranberry Cake

Cooking with butter is a way of life in France. Apples are widely used in a variety of recipes in the fall and winter, when they are in season. I think they pair really well with the tartness of cranberries, a seasonal fruit that is native to Canada. 

I love combining the two in this cake that my family loves to eat in the late fall and during the holiday season. It’s a perfect blend of our French roots and new Canadian life. I also love getting my kids involved in the kitchen: they have fun, learn about their cultures, and pick up important life skills along the way!

Ingredients required to prepare an apple-cranberry cake

  • 4 large apples
  • 1 bag (approximately, 200 grams) of cranberries
  • 250 grams of flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 180 grams of sugar
  • 150 grams of butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

How to bake an apple-cranberry cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius and grease your baking pan so the batter won’t stick.
  • Peel, core, and dice the apples.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, melted butter, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, and mix until the texture of the batter is smooth.
  • Add the cranberries and the diced apples, and mix into the dough.
  • Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and bake for 50 minutes.
  • Let cool before enjoying. 


Kids holding a baked cake




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