Mar 7, 2011

Upside down orange cake

       Baking a cake with oranges after the chinese new year has become a routine. The oranges available at that time is so sweet and delicious . So this time it was upside down orange cake. I saw a recipe in some magazine when I was in India and since then it was in my mind to try out the cake. Well, I had not noted down the recipe and hence reffered several blogs for the recipe and then formulated a recipe taking down the tip from the blogs and with the ingredients I had at hand. The cake was simply delicious. I loved the colour the orange paste imparted to the cake and a citrusy flavour too. Try adding some orange zest too for the extra flavour in case you try this one.
upside down orange cake
Self raising flour-2 cups
Brown sugar- 1cup +1/4cup
Firm Oranges-2 numbers
Orange paste-3tbsp
Butter- 3tbsp+1tbsp
Milk-1/4 cup
upside down orange cake
      Preheat the oven to 180c. Peel (deseed) and slice the oranges into circles.Melt 1tbsp of butter. Pour the melted butter into the cake tin(8") and allow it to spread throughout the base of the pan by rotating the pan. Now sprinkle 1/4 cup of brown sugar on the top of melted butter.Place the orange slices over it covering the pan.
       Now combine rest of the butter and a cup of brown sugar.Add the eggs one at a time and beat to a uniform mixture.Now add the milk and mix well.Fold in the flour gradually mixing well with a spatula. Add the orange paste and mix well. (you can add orange zest as well for the extra flavour). Pour the batter on the prepared cake tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes till the cake is done.
       Cool and invert the cake on a plate. Slice and serve.

Update on orange paste -
As some of you wanted to know about the orange paste, I thought of updating my post with the info I have. I got this small bottle from a minimart/a small coffee shop quite  accidently mistaking it for orange food colour to be used in Indian sweets. But I realised that only after coming home. Basically it is a thick fluid containing water, colour , flavour,stabiliser and some preservatives. This one is ideal for cakes, dough, muffins, bread and other confectionary products. It has a typical citrusy smell and flavour and gave a mild orange colour when added to the batter.I am sure you will find them in all the supermarkets.
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