Upside-Down Blood Orange Cake

You realize your life is pretty insular when you start hoarding blood oranges because the season’s end is near. Of course I understand there are far more important things to worry about. But let’s not suggest that I actually do something about it (at least not right now).

Blood Orange Upside Cake via Bakers Royale

How’s that saying go? Life is short—well, there you have it, handling serious things –well, sounds serious. And since time has been close to snuffing me out with multiple deadlines lately ,“serious” is going to have to rotate its way between wanderlust for a while until I can recalibrate and find balance.

Let’s just call it a detox of sorts. Although I was quickly informed a juicing detox would be way more beneficial. Okay. But I’m pretty sure coffee doesn’t qualify and quitting my 5-cup-a-day habit is bound to lead to massive migraines, or worst case- (I’ve been told no chance of it happening, but I don’t want to be the first case study to prove my physician wrong) an aneurysm.

See how “serious” sucks when you are not ready for it yet? Along with that “serious” sounds like the kind of time-sucker to take the “wander” out of wanderlust. And what would that leave me with?

Lust—that’s one of seven deadly sins!

Blood Oranges via Bakers Royale

That said, for now, I’m going to forget that real life is knocking at the door and begging me to:

1. Gather and organize my receipts for taxes.
2. Get my teeth cleaned.
3. Change the oil in my car.
4. Finish organizing my props into one area so that I’m not checking in the kitchen, garage, under the bed, in closets and popping open car trunks looking for that one piece to complete a shot.

Instead, I’m still trying to figure out how the last of the blood oranges will be enjoyed, and jumping way ahead—what summer traveling will take place.

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Upside-Down Blood Oranges

Recipe from the New York Times

Yield: One 9-inch cake

Ingredients:

  • 270 grams unsalted butter (2 sticks plus 3 tablespoons), at room temperature
  • 130 grams light brown sugar (about 2/3 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 medium-sized blood oranges
  • 122 grams fine cornmeal (about 1 cup)
  • 65 grams all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
  • 8 grams baking powder (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 2 grams fine sea salt (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 200 grams granulated sugar (about 1 cup)
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Hit the jump here to the New York Times for the remainder of the recipe.

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39 Responses to “Upside-Down Blood Orange Cake”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 21, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    This is full of an insane amount of goodness. Yum!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 21, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    Love these cake wedges, the blood oranges make a striking topper!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — March 21, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    AH!!! I just LOVE the colors in these shots. I love all shades of turquoise and the blood oranges really pop against your background. I noticed the other day at whole foods the display of blood oranges is getting smaller and smaller. I may have to go grab some soon before the season is gone! Although I am really looking forward to stone fruit season – bring on the peaches!!

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    • Naomi replied: — March 21st, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

      Mine are all gone locally. But yes, I’m looking forward to the stone fruits as well. :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 21, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    I love upside-down cakes! Never made it with oranges – need to fix that. Love the shots!

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    • Naomi replied: — March 21st, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

      Thank you, Anna!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 21, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    It’s so pretty and I love the green background and those pretty bright oranges!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — March 21, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    Screw taxes and teeth cleaning! Travel plans for the summer are much more important! :)

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    Sarah — March 21, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    You’re absolutely right about serious thangs. Sometimes they will just have to wait. Meantime, hoarding citrus fruits seems like a perfectly reasonable pass time to me!

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com — March 21, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    Blood oranges always look so pretty in desserts!

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    Jackie@ Theseasidebaker — March 22, 2013 @ 2:48 am

    Gorgeous, as usual!

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    Stephane in Alaska — March 22, 2013 @ 3:23 am

    I LOVE upside-down cake. I often make Julia’s recipe with rhubarb. (We have a LOT of rhubarb here in Alaska. Not so many blood oranges.) When they make their brief debut next year, I WILL remember this and make this recipe. Thanks, Naomi!

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    Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations — March 22, 2013 @ 5:44 am

    Such a color pretty cake! Love it!

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    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — March 22, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    This is totally my idea of a detox. Gorgeous pics!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — March 22, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    This is such a beautiful cake. I love anything with blood oranges. And I’m really loving that green background!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 22, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    So darn pretty Naomi!

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — March 22, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    That cake looks amazing with those blood orange slices!

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    Tieghan — March 22, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    This looks so great! I love upside down cakes!!

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    Jenny Flake — March 22, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    What a looker Naomi :) Gorgeous cake!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — March 22, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    Blood oranges are my favorite critus. Thanks for sharing the recipe and providing another fantastic photograph

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    Maria — March 22, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    I love upside down cakes! This one is stunning!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — March 22, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And YUM.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 22, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Beautiful! And my husband just attempted to give up coffee – he quit quitting so I definitely don’t recommend it if you drink a ton!

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    marla — March 22, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Such a beautiful citrus cake ~ blood oranges are so elegant!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 22, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Love blood oranges, and upside down cakes!! Best part is when you get to flip it to reveal a beautifully arranged fruit :)

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    Heather Christo — March 22, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Gaaahhhh!!!! this is sooooo gorgeous!!!

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — March 22, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Some times being a grown up sucks. That’s why we need lots of cake.

    =) Gorgeous, Naomi! I’m so glad I still have a few blood oranges in my crisper.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 22, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    I feel like I missed blood orange season :( I had an idea that I wanted to make blood orange sangria but now I think they’re all gone! The photographs are gorgeous – really showcases the beauty of blood oranges!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — March 22, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    Stunningly beautiful, Naomi! Love blood orange everything and completely enamored with your food photography. Saw those chocolate cannoli, too…must make ASAP! Have a great weekend! xo

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    Reem | Simply Reem — March 23, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    Time is flying, Life is running the only thing that seems to be at a snail pace is me..
    Too much to be taken care of but for now let enjoy the weekend and this delicious cake..
    I am LOVING the colors in the pics.. Gorgeous!

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    Sahar — March 23, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    This looks beautiful! I know what you mean, I’ve been making so many orange recipes lately because I know I soon wont be able to…

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    katie Apple&Spice — March 23, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    Wow it looks stunning and I bet you get a great intense flavour using the orange slices this way. Will have to try

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 24, 2013 @ 4:49 am

    Alright well I need to get on the ball and get some blood oranges because I haven’t had one yet!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — March 24, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    I think our lists are very similar. ;-)
    Gorgeous post!

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    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up — March 24, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    I just love the color of blood oranges and I love love that you were able to keep pieces hole.. Looks gorgeous on the cake. I think hoarding blood oranges is normal.. or at least I do the same thing. :-)

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    Caroline @ Pass the Cocoa — March 25, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    What a beautiful cake! Blood oranges are amazing and totally worth hoarding (:

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    J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — April 17, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    I would drizzle some dark chocolate ganache on this, looks amazing :)

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    Laura@bakinginpyjamas — April 26, 2013 @ 1:57 am

    Such a beautiful cake, I love how you can see the segments quite clearly still on top.

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