5 from 2 votes
Blood Orange Upside Down Cake
Blood Orange Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Quite possibly the easiest cake you will ever make, this Blood Orange Upside Down Cake takes only 10 minutes to prepare, giving you the perfect excuse to make a cake (and eat it too!) whenever, whereever!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blood Orange Upside Down Cake, Orange Upside Down Cake, Upside Down Cake, upsidedown cake
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 304 kcal
  • Nonstick Vegetable Oil Spray
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 2 blood oranges sliced thin with seeds removed
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 (heaping) tsp blood orange zest (approx. 1 blood orange)
  • 2 tbsp fresh blood orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 10” cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Evenly scatter the raw sugar over the bottom of the cake pan and place the orange slices on top.

  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, orange zest and orange juice.

  5. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until nearly combined. Some dry spots OK as you do not want to overmix the batter.

  6. Pour the batter over the oranges and bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until the sides start pulling away from the pan and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  7. Transfer make to a wire rack to cook for 5 minutes before inverting over a large plate and gently releasing from the pan.

Recipe Notes

If you are not a fan of orange peels, feel free to peel the oranges prior to slicing.

Recipe inspired by Bon Appetit. 

Nutrition Facts
Blood Orange Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 443mg 18%
Potassium 197mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 4.9%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 12.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.