Rosie Makes: Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

As this week marks Valentine’s Day, I thought it was the perfect time to embrace Rosie (!) red hues and blood orange season. It’s always so exciting when I find the first of the ruby red citrus fruit, and here it pairs perfectly with vanilla in a sticky blood orange and vanilla upside-down cake. If you can’t get hold of blood oranges, normal oranges will work too. To make the cake, you will need:

4 eggs
220g caster (superfine) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g self-raising flour
150g butter, melted
120g ground almonds
For the topping:
220g caster (superfine) sugar
125 ml water
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped (or 2 – 3 tsp vanilla extract)
2 blood oranges, very thinly sliced.
(The recipe also works with half the quantities as I made here)

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3. To make the topping, place the sugar, water and vanilla in a pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the orange and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the orange is soft.

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Remove from the heat and pour into a round greased and lined cake tin. Set aside.

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Place the 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.

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold through, followed by the butter and almonds.

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Pour the mixture over the oranges and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool slightly then turn out onto a plate to serve.

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

What are you baking this weekend?

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Sticky Blood Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

Adapted from a recipe by Donna Hay.

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