This is my favourite type of cake. The best type of cake.
The top is sticky and jammy. The caramel oranges glisten in their shimmery golden pool. Almost toffee like on the edges, it’s all I can do to resist simply pick away at the topping. The cake underneath itself is pillowy soft, and more than just a canvas for the caramelised fruit, as the scent of cardamom wafts into the air as you cut into it.
It’s not the type of upside down cake I remember baking at school. It’s more grown up, less sickly sweet, but yet it retains all the messy joy that makes upside down cakes a favourite for all ages.
If it’s been an age since you baked an upside down cake, it’s time for a trip down nostalgia lane, in the best, most wonderful and slightly more sophisticated way with this Cardamom and Orange Upside-down Cake.
- CARAMEL TOPPING:
- 90g caster sugar
- 2 tbs water
- 30g butter
- pinch of salt
- 2 oranges, skin, pith and any seeds removed, sliced
- 190g (6 oz plus 1½ tbs) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 275g (1¼ cups) caster (superfine sugar)
- 3 eggs
- 300g (2 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
- 3 tsp ground cardamom
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarb (baking) soda
- 60g (1/2 cup) almond meal (ground almonds)
- 1 cup yoghurt
- Preheat the oven to 180 celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and grease a 23cm cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.
- Begin by making the caramel for the topping. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir well. Place over a medium high heat and bring to a boil. Let the sugar bubble away until it turns a pale golden and remove from the heat and add the butter. Stir well until all the butter is incorporated and pour into the base of the prepared cake tin. Top with orange slices, making sure to fill in any gaps with pieces of orange trimmed to size.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, around 10 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition, until well combined. Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom and ground almonds in a bowl and stir to combine. Switch the mixer to it's slowest speed and add half the flour mixture along with half the yoghurt. When combined add the remaining flour mixture and yoghurt and beat until the mixture just comes together.
- Carefully spread the cake mixture over the top of the oranges and smooth the top. Bake for 1 hour, then loosely cover with foil, and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool for 20 minutes before removing the cake from the tin.