Orange upside-down cake

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Posted on 04/22/2012 by decemberthirty
Orange upside-down cake

I had an orange in the fruit bowl that needed using up, and I suppose I could have just eaten it, but I decided I wanted to do something fun with it. So I sliced it thinly, simmered the slices in a brown sugar syrup, and paired them with a thick batter made with ground almonds.

The cake is lovely and moist, rich rather than overwhelmingly sweet. The overall taste is almost exactly what you'd get if you slathered orange marmalade on top of a cake, but the look is so much prettier, don't you think?

Orange upside-down cake

Orange Upside-Down Cake
Adapted from this recipe found on the blog Food For Four.

Orange Topping Ingredients
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 large orange, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine brown sugar and water in a large frying pan over medium heat, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add oranges and vanilla; simmer for 10-15 minutes until orange rind softens.

While it's simmering, make your cake batter:
4 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup almond meal (I just ground up some slivered almonds in the food processor)

Combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a mixer and mix until mixture is thick, pale, and fluffy (about 10 mins?). Fold in dry ingredients, then fold in butter and ground almonds.

To bake, either arrange the orange slices (with their syrup) in the bottom of a cake pan then pour the batter over them, or, if your frying pan is oven-proof you can pour the batter right in and pop it in the oven. Bake at 350 for about 40 mins.
alice_montrose 22nd-Apr-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
This looks delicious. I'll have to bake one as soon as possible!
decemberthirty 22nd-Apr-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
Great! Hope you enjoy it!
lisianthia 22nd-Apr-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
I love orange in baked goods! Looks awesome!
decemberthirty 22nd-Apr-2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Give it a try--it's good!
tsuki_no_bara 22nd-Apr-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
it's so pretty! also, it sounds really good.
decemberthirty 22nd-Apr-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
1carolinabrown 22nd-Apr-2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
So creative and so beautiful! I love the idea of ground almonds, too!
decemberthirty 22nd-Apr-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The almonds are quite a subtle presence in the finished cake, but they add a nice layer of flavor.
fallendebre 22nd-Apr-2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a lovely idea! It definitely seems worth trying :)
decemberthirty 22nd-Apr-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I definitely recommend giving it shot. :)
suede 22nd-Apr-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Pretty cake!
decemberthirty 22nd-Apr-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
trex_in_boots 23rd-Apr-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh wow, this looks super delicious.
decemberthirty 23rd-Apr-2012 11:50 am (UTC)
helloheidi 23rd-Apr-2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I don't use oranges too often when I bake, but I definitely have to try this one!
decemberthirty 23rd-Apr-2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Thanks--as long as you like orange marmalade, I think you'll like it!
lumbarlaser 21st-Mar-2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. I am definitely making this today. =) Thanks for sharing!
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