NANA'S KITCHEN: ORANGE CAKE

It's always beautiful to work with fruits that are in season- and one that I'm seeing loads at the market is the orange! Ortanique, a much smaller and juicier variety of the standard orange is perfect for this upside down cake. Don't feel intimidated- it's easier then you think! 

INGREDIENTS

6-8 oranges (sliced thinly)

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

5 eggs

250gr icing sugar

250gr butter, softened

280gr flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 tsp Ginger or Cinnamon (optional)

1 orange, grated

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 320F. Line a 9" cake mould with parchment paper. Set aside, 

In a pot, place the water and sugar, add the oranges and bring to a boil. Then cook on medium heat for 5-10 mins. 

In the cake mould, place the oranges neatly and tightly next to each other. 

Prepare the batter: mix the eggs, sugar and butter. Then add the flour, baking powder, salt, grated orange and spice (optional). Mix until smooth.

Transfer batter to the mould- on TOP of the orange slices. 

Bake for 45 mins at 320F. Check if cooked by inserting a sharp knife into the cake. If it comes out dry- that means the cake is cooked!

Remove from oven, allow to cool and then flip onto a plate carefully.