Upside-Down Orange And Vanilla Cake

Oranges are always in the season, so you can bake something with them at any time. Vanilla is also one of the ingredients that any lover of baking cakes and pies has at home. Another advantage of the cake recipe which I will show is that it is quite simple for making, because it is a flip-flopper cake. One more advantage of this cake is that the glazed pattern of orange on top of it is very simple to make. By the way, the cake will come out very sweet, so that one piece is enough for anyone. If you want a less sweet version, simply reduce the amount of sugar in the topping.

  • SERVES: 8 Servings
  • PREP: 15 mins
  • COOK: 60 mins
  • READY IN: 1 hr 15 mins


For cake base:

  • 220 grams sugar (~ 1 cup)
  • 125 ml water (~ 1/2 cup)
  • vanilla bean split and seeds scraped
  • oranges very thinly sliced
  • eggs
  • 220 grams sugar (~ 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150 grams self-raising flour (~ 1 cup)
  • 150 grams butter melted
  • 120 grams almond meal (~ 1 cup)


  1. To make a cake base place eggs, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is thick, pale and tripled in volume.
  2. Stir until sugar dissolves then add the orange slices.
  3. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until orange is soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold through.
  5. Fold through the butter and almond meal.
  6. Pour mixture over orange and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Turn out onto a platter to serve.