Sticky Upside-down Orange and Vanilla Bean Cake

This is the last of the recipes that Loren and I made together.  It was by far the stand out (which says a lot seeing as all of the food was incredible).  The sticky orange topping made the cake moist, whilst the actual cake (below the topping) was fluffy and light.  I'm very glad we didn't include the orange skin because I think it made the topping even thicker and moister.  And although the Donna Hay recipe didn't say to, we also added a splash of cointreau (orange liqueur) to our piece of cake once it was served.  Delicious!

4 eggs
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour
150g butter, melted
1 cup almond meal

Ingredients for Orange Topping

1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup water
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
2 orages, very thinly sliced (we completely removed the rind of the orange, unlike Donna Hay)

Preheat the oven to 160°C and grease a round cake tin.  To make the topping, place the sugar, water and vanilla bean in a 2.5 litre capacity (10 cup) 20cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the orange and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until the orange is soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.  Place eggs, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for 8 – 10 minutes or until the mixture is thick, pale and tripled in volume. Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold through. Fold through the butter and almond meal. Pour the mixture over the orange and bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out onto a platter to serve.


  1. Looks so delicious and love the addition of orange topping, great click too. Thanks for visiting my site and your sweet comment, hope to see you often..

  2. This looks so moist, my screen is almost sticky! (I love that you added Cointreau) Anything that involves citrus, almond meal, Donna Hay and liqueur has to be good.

  3. Yummy! We're both into orange liqueurs I see.


  4. What a perfectly lovely cake. I love the hints of orange you've added. Save me a slice, please. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. That cake looks so moist and delish, mmmmm!


  7. Brittany, I could smell that delicious cake from here! The orange topping and cointreau? just yummy!

  8. I love the orange-flavored cake! My mother made a cake every year for the holiday season with the Cointreau and each time, it disappears very quickly ... :)

  9. I love orange and vanilla together! This cake looks delightful :)!

  10. Love orange and almond together. So good!

  11. I remember seeing this on her site and practically drooling. Now you've made it and it looks even better than I remember. Spectacular!

  12. Any cake with orange has my atttention.
    This cake sounds decadent ;o)

    Thanks for sharing a recipe that I'm sure to try.
    Love the spirited splash of cointreau ;o))

    Flavourful wishes,

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