Citrus Upside-Down Cake


Translate the concept of the classic pineapple upside down cake recipe into this stunning yet easy citrus cake recipe from scratch. Spoon extra buttery brown sugar goodness over the baked cake for a sweet finish.

Citrus Upside-Down Cake
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins


  • 1 ⅓ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • ¼ cup water

  • 5 - 6 oranges, grapefruit and/or clementines, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 4 eggs, room temperature

  • 2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup butter, cut up


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl stir together brown sugar, melted butter, and water until combined; spread evenly over bottom of pan. Place fruit slices over brown sugar mixture, overlapping as necessary. Set pan aside.

  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and ground cardamom; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs with an electric mixer on high speed about 4 minutes or until slightly thickened. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating on medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture; beat on low to medium speed just until combined (mixture will be thick).

  3. In a small saucepan heat and stir milk and 1/4 cup butter until butter melts; add to batter, beating until combined. Carefully pour batter into the prepared pan over citrus slices.

  4. Bake 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (avoid checking cake too early, as it may sink in the center). Remove; cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes. Loosen sides of cake; invert onto serving platter. Spoon any remaining brown sugar mixture in pan over top of cake. Cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
8g Fat
49g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 17.5mg 88%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 126mg 3%
Folate, total 38.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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