Friday, May 20, 2011

The Cake Slice : Orange Almond Caramel Upside Down Cake

The recipe for this month's cake makes a deliciously moist flavourful and orangy cake, I'm sorry I photographed it to late in the evening and it looks like charcoal !
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Ingredients – Topping
50g sliced almonds
75g unsalted butter
120g light brown sugar
55ml honey

For the Cake
180g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
80ml sour cream
2 eggs
55ml orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
1 tbsp grated orange zest

Method - Topping

Heat the oven to 180C. Grease a 9 inch round non stick cake pan and line the base with parchment paper. Dust with flour.
Spread the nuts on a baking tray and toast until golden, 8 to 10 minutes (mine only took 4 minutes!!) Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until foaming. Whisk in the brown sugar, turn the heat to low, and cook, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula. Drizzle over the honey and scatter over the toasted nuts.

Method - Cake

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the sour cream, eggs, orange juice and vanilla in a glass measuring cup and beat lightly.
Combine the butter and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Stir in the orange zest.
With the mixer on medium-low speed, pour the egg mixture into the bowl in a slow stream, stopping the mixer once or twice to scrape down the sides.
Turn the mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture, a third at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Then mix for 30 seconds on medium speed.
Pour the batter over the almonds, gently spreading it into an even layer.
Bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let stand for 5 minutes.
Holding the pan and a plate together firmly with oven mitts, invert the hot cake onto the plate. Peel away the parchment paper. If necessary, replace any almonds stuck to the base of the pan. Let the cake cool for 20 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.
Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.


Emily said...

Ciao Nat!

Your cake looks perfect!

Love the cake portion slightly more than the topping!

Anonymous said...

This cake sounds delicious and it looks great even in the dark!

Katie said...

Love how glossy your caramel almond topping looks. Yummy. Pleased you liked it, I was unsure about mine

Gloria Baker said...

Natalia this look delicious! gloria

Champa said...

Nice one. I had to tell kids not to touch it till mommy took the pictures next day. Poor kids.

Letiziando said...

Ottima sei nell'aspetto che nel sapore :)

Kelly-Jane said...

Yours looks like mine I think, but fortunately I had a sunny windowsill! Well done.

Maria♥ said...

Ciao Natalia

This cake with all those wonderful flavours sounds amazing!


Unknown said...

This cake though dark sounds so delicious!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

I think your one looks yummy - not like charcoal at all!

Unknown said...

Wow, yours turned out really well!

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Monica said...

Che meraviglia, ha l'aria così croccante!

Elle said...

The photo may be dark but the cake looks great!

The Blonde Duck said...


Miri said...

yum yum yum this looks scrummy!

Cakelaw said...

Mmmm, this looks sticky and delicious!

Agnese said...

Wow, nice blog! This cake looks delicious :) follow you ;)


Heather S-G said...

I just want to pick off those glistening caramelized bits..YUM! I'd eat it in the dark, no problem ;)