Upside-Down Orange Cake

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A dense citrus & olive oil cake for your morning coffee or afternoon tea!

Camille C.
Camille C.

15 minutes

Prep time

50 minutes

Cook time

443 cal.

Per serving


Stovetop, Pot (small), Oven, Electric hand mixer, Grater, Parchment paper, Cake pan, Fine-mesh sieve



Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Wash the oranges & cut off the stems. Slice 1 orange in half, setting half of it aside. Finely slice the rest of the oranges, leaving the rind on. (A mandoline is very helpful!)

Sugar (granulated)

Step 2

Combine the orange slices, 1 cup of water & half the sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.

Sugar (granulated)

Step 3

Bring it to a boil. Then cover & simmer for 15 min.

Flour (all-purpose)
Baking powder
Vanilla extract

Step 4

Sift the flour, baking powder & a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. (A sieve makes a great sifter!) In a smaller bowl, add the zest & juice from the reserved half orange. Then beat in the eggs, vanilla (optional) & the rest of the sugar.

Olive oil
Milk (whole)

Step 5

Drizzle the olive oil in a thin stream into the wet ingredients, beating constantly. Then beat in the milk.

Step 6

Make a well in the center of dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well. Combine the batter with a few swift strokes, being careful not to over mix it.


Step 7

Remove the oranges from the heat.


Step 8

Grease a cake pan. Then line it with parchment paper. Arrange the orange slices in a snug single layer in the bottom of the cake pan. Reserve the orange cooking liquid in the pot.

Step 9

Pour the batter over the orange slices. Bake for 35 min at 350°F. When a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, it's done!


Step 10

While the cake is baking, place the pot of orange cooking liquid over medium-low heat. Add the honey (optional). Stir & simmer until the liquid is reduced into a syrup. Turn off the heat & set aside.

Step 11

When the cake is done, remove it from the oven. Let it cool for 5 min. Then slide a knife around the edges to loosen the cake.

Step 12

Top the cake pan with a large serving plate. Hold it in place & quickly flip over the cake. Carefully remove the parchment paper.

Step 13

Pour the orange syrup over the cake.

Step 14

Slice, serve & enjoy!

Personal notes

Add your own flavor!

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Nutrition facts

Average estimated amount for one serving

Energy443 cal.
Fat17 g
Carbohydrates62 g
Protein8 g
Fiber2 g

Values are based on an average estimate for one serving. All nutrition information presented on Jow is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, please consult with a health-care professional.

On average, one serving of the recipe "Upside-Down Orange Cake" contains 443 Energy, 17 g of Fat, 62 g of Carbohydrates, 8 g of Protein, 2 g of Fiber.

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