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Upside Down Orange Cake

This cake is so pretty to look at and just so delicious to eat and will make everyone think you really know your way around a kitchen.



For the topping:

  • Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Water – 6 tbsp
  • Vanilla extract – ½ tsp
  • Orange juice – 2 tbsp
  • Butter – 4 tbsp, softened
  • Orange- 2 large, peeled and sliced thinly

For the cake:

  • All-purpose flour – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1½ tsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Butter – ½ cup, softened
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 3, large
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Orange zest – 1 tbsp
  • Orange juice – ¼ cup
  • Buttermilk – ¾ cup 


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180. Grease and flour a round cake pan. Line bottom of the pan with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Make caramel sauce first. Take water and sugar in a saucepan. Cook on medium heat till sugar melts. Keep cooking on medium-low heat till it caramelizes and turns a golden-amber colour. This can take anywhere between 8-12 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and orange juice. Whisk in butter till melted. The sauce will be thick now. Pour this caramel sauce into the prepared cake pan.
  4. Place the thinly sliced oranges on top in any pattern you wish. You may need 1-2 large oranges for this. Set aside while you prepare the batter next.
  5. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat till well combined.
  7. Add vanilla extract, zest, orange juice and buttermilk and mix well to combine.
  8. Add the dry ingredients and mix till just combined. Do not over-mix.
  9. Pour this batter carefully over the caramel and orange slices in the pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and bake for 40 minutes or till the cake passes the toothpick test.
  10. Remove cake from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes. Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife or thin spatula. Invert the cake onto a cake stand or serving platter. Cool slightly and serve cake warm or at room temperature.
  11. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Cake can be reheated lightly in the microwave before serving.

You can make min upside down cakes and you can use lemons.



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