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Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

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A few weeks ago I told you about my latest attempt to learn a new skill that I should probably already know by now: riding a bike. Well, the first lesson was somewhat of a success. It was half an hour of bulging eyed panic. Nevertheless, I persevered the next weekend and within the next half hour, I was riding a bike by myself.

Okay it was on the kid’s track and I was mentally content to ride around that for a while until I kept getting overtaken by kids (by kids!!!) and I realised that I was getting in their way and that they were wondering why the adult was on their track. Moving myself from the kid’s track, I managed to go around the adult’s bike track at Centennial Park without too much of an incident. I did get very anxious when a car would drive up past me thinking that they were headed straight towards me but eventually realised that they would pass me. Thankfully there was no crash and I sort of got the hang of gears (sort of I say, I think I understood them in theory but not in practice).

 

INGREDIENTS:

CAKE:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose plain flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup neutral flavored olive oil (or veg or canola oil)
  • 1/2 cup blood orange juice
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure orange oil (optional)

UPSIDE DOWN TOPPING:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 2 blood oranges, sliced thin, rind left on

 

PREPARATION:

  1. You can bake this cake either in a cast-iron skillet or in a 9″ x 3″ round cake pan.
  2. In a 350°F preheated oven, melt the 4 tablespoons of butter and the brown sugar in a 9″ heavy round cake pan (or cast iron skillet). This should take 5 minutes.
  3. Spread the butter sugar mixture with a silicone spatula to cover the bottom of the tin. (I sprayed the side of the pan with Baker’s Joy non-stick spray as insurance that the cake wouldn’t stick.)
  4. Lay the thinly sliced oranges on top of this mixture in the pan. Overlap them, because they do shrink after baking. (2-3 oranges should be enough.)
  5. Set the cake pan aside while making the batter.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cornmeal and salt) in a large bowl.
  7. In another bowl, beat the sugar with butter, vanilla, zest and eggs.
  8. Add the juice and oil (and pure orange oil, if using) last and mix together.
  9. Add the wet to the dry and mix to form a nice batter.
  10. Pour the batter onto the pan over the orange slices in the butter/sugar mixture. Use an off-set spatula to evenly spread the batter.
  11. Bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Let the cake rest for only 5 minutes in the pan (you may need to run a knife around the edges).
  13. Invert onto a cooling rack and tap lightly to release. (My cake released beautifully, but some cake stuck where I had not overlapped enough orange slices.)
  14. Allow to cool (though I sliced into mine while just barely warm). This cake is tender and flavorful served warm or at room temperature.

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