Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bake Club - Sticky Orange and Vanilla Upside-down Cake

For some reason this cake makes me think of Vincent Van Gogh. A perfect autumn treat!

4 eggs

1 cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup self raising flour

150g unsalted butter, melted

1 cup almond meal

Sticky orange topping

1 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup water

1 vanilla bean, split

2 oranges, very thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 16 degrees

To make the sticky topping, dissolve the sugar in the water in a saucepan, add the vanilla bean and the oranges and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract for about 10 minutes or until its thick and pale and has tripled in volume. Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold through. Fold through the butter and the almond meal.

Pour the orange mixture into the cake tin. Then pour the dough on top.

Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out onto a platter to serve.

(Recipe courtesy of Donna Hay)


Bellini Valli said...

The oranges would turn into delicious candied, caramelized ornage slices...perfect!!!

Maree said...

Hi Bellini, absolutely correct- like candied oranges! And so simple! Slicing the oranges so fine is a bit of a task- I actually went through 3 oranges to get enough slices. I think I need a mandolin!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love the connection you made to Van Gogh's artwork. This cake is really really delicious isn't it. I made it about a week ago, it's posted on my blog too.

Happy Baking, I'm off to explore the rest of your blog :D