Upside down Caramelized Orange Cake

When oranges are available, many recipes come to mind. Today we’re feeling like making an ‘orange tatin’ and exchanging apples for oranges in this upside down cake.

caramelized orange cake

An important part of this cake recipe is to ensure the caramel is to the point. Dark brown caramel can be bitter and slightly golden caramel too sweet. Make sure the caramel is set and crystalised before you add anything else into the mould.

The second part is peeling the orange correctly. We use the same technique as when we segment any kind of citrus fruit.

The third part of this cake is the batter mix and folding in the egg whites correctly is crucial.

How to fold whipped egg whites correctly into a batter mix

  • Take a small portion of the whipped egg whites – ¼ or less with a whisk into the batter.
  • Carefully add the remaining egg whites and fold them gently into the batter with a rubber spatula. 
  • Make sure that no lumps remain. 

You can serve this caramelized orange cake with some clotted cream and ice cream.

Also read about our other desserts.

caramelized orange cake

Caramelized orange cake

We're making an orange 'tatin' and exchange apples for oranges in this up side down cake.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Bakery, Desserts
Cuisine International
Servings 8 people
Calories 369 kcal

EQUIPMENT (click pictures for details)


For the caramel

For the cake


Prepare the cake mould

  • Grease a round cake mould (20cm diameter) with butter or oil spray and place a round parchment paper on the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook the water with the sugar to make a caramel and pour it in the cake mould.
    pour caramel in cake mould
  • Let it set completely.
    let caramel set in mould
  • Peel 1 orange and slice into 4-5mm thick. Arrange the slices on the crystalized caramel.
    sliced oranges

Prepare the batter mix

  • Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and fluffy. Add the canola oil and mix well.
    beat eggs yolks with sugar
  • Mix the flour and the baking powder together before gently folding it into the egg yolk mixture with a spatula.
    add flour to egg mix
  • Add the orange juice and zest.
    add orange juice to batter mix
  • Whip the egg white to soft peaks and fold into the orange batter mix.
    add whipped egg whites to batter mix
  • Pour the finished batter into the cake mould and bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes.
    pour batter mix in cake mould
  • When the cake is cooked wait for 10 minutes before unmoulding upside down.
    upside down orange cake


  • This cake can be made with other fruit such as apple or pineapple.

Nutrition for 1 portion

Calories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 2gFat: 19gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake, caramel, orange
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