February 26, 2017

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

On the Menu Today~
Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

while grocery shopping,
in the produce department,
I saw a huge white sign.
Written in big, red-orange letters,
were the words:
BLOOD ORANGES...Get them before they're Gone!
Well, I marched right over to the big cardboard bin and
I picked up two, 5 lb bags of blood oranges..
...before they were all gone...
I also picked up five, 16 oz bags of cranberries, for $.99 a bag...
...before they were gone too...

Once I got home and unpacked my groceries,
I said to myself,...Lynn....
"What in the heck are you going to do with all of these oranges!"
"I mean, you can only eat just so many oranges, right?"
So I decided to put on my thinking cap and I thought and thought.
Finally, a light bulb went on in my head....
"I'm going to make a Blood Orange Upside Down Cake"
I said out loud to myself.

I am so glad I decided to make this delicious,
Blood Orange Upside Down Cake.
The cake was light and fluffy, the oranges were nice and sweet and
the dark brown sugar/butter topping had a nice caramel, buttery taste.
I was super surprised at how tender and sweet the blood orange rind became...
It was very similar to 'candied' orange rind...
sweet, tender and bursting with a freshening, citrus flavor.
Perfect on a cold, blistery, winter's' day. ❆

I was going to make a 'from scratch cake' but
many of the recipes I looked at called for cornmeal,
which I didn't have,
some of the recipes called for buttermilk,
didn't have any of that either and
a few of the recipes called for sour cream or yogurt,
it was a 'no' to both.
What I did have, was a box of cake mix.
I went with the boxed cake mix.

Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

  • 1 (15.25 oz) package butter golden cake mix
  • 3/4 cup blood orange juice
  • 7 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • Upside Down Topping:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon blood orange zest
  • 2 to 3 thinly sliced blood oranges
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. for metal and glass pan(s) 325º F. for dark or coated pan(s).
  2. Making topping: Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 10-inch x 2-inch deep round baking pan. Remove pan from oven, sprinkle dark brown sugar over butter. Drizzle 2 tablespoons blood orange juice over brown sugar/ butter mixture. Lay blood orange slice on top of brown sugar/butter/ juice mixture. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon blood orange zest over blood orange slices, set aside.
  3. Make cake: blend cake mix, blood orange juice, softened butter and eggs in a large bowl at low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds.
  4. Beat at medium for 4 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon orange zest.
  5. Carefully pour the batter into prepared pan, over the orange slices.
  6. Evenly spread the batter over the top.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let the cake rest for 5 minutes in the pan. Run a knife around the edges. Invert onto a cooling rack and tap lightly to release cake.
  9. Serve cake warm with whipped cream.
  10. Store cake in refrigerator.

Products used in the recipe:

Orange, Blood Orange, Cake, Cake Mix, Sugar
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