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Print This Delicious and Healthy Orange Spice Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Orange Spice Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Orange Spice Upside Down Cake

All the flavor and juice of fresh oranges without the bitter rinds that turn people away from baking with oranges. I am a lover of all things citrus. This orange spice cake turned out truly amazing in texture and flavor.

1/4 cup Butter
2/3 cup Dark brown sugar
2 Oranges
3/4 cup Dried Cranberries or cherries
1 tsp Freshly grated orange peel

Orange Spice Cake Batter

1/3 cup Vegetable shortening
2/3 cup Molasses
1 Egg
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ground ginger
1/2 cup Buttermilk

Oven Temp ~ 375°
Baking Time ~ 25 -
Pan Type ~ 9-inch cake pan
Preheat the oven. Melt the butter in a 9-inch cake pan.

Remove the pan from heat and cover the melted butter with brown sugar.

Peel the oranges and slice them about an inch thick. Remove the white pith in the center of each slice and remove any seeds. Arrange orange slices, cutting some into smaller shapes if desired, in decorative fashion on top of the sugar.

Put dried cranberries or cherries in the center of each slice. Sprinkle with orange rind.

Orange Spice Cake Batter

Cream the vegetable shortening and molasses in bowl of an electric mixer, set on medium speed. Add the egg, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger and buttermilk. Beat ingredients 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl occasionally, until batter is smooth. Spoon orange cake batter over the fruit.

Bake orange spice cake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Invert immediately onto a serving plate but do not remove the pan. Let stand 8 to 10 minutes, then remove pan and let orange spice upside down cake cool completely.
9 Servings
Nutrition facts:
Serving Size 91 g
Calories 316
Calories from Fat 91
Total Fat 10.1g 16%
Saturated Fat 3.1g 16%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 131mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 53.8g 18%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 32.3g
Protein 3.7g
Vitamin A 1% • Vitamin C 0% • Calcium 9% • Iron 14%

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When Baking with Butter:

Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

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