Mini Turmeric Upside-Down Cakes

Not only does brightly-hued turmeric add earthy, bitter notes, but also contains a high level of an antioxidant compound called curcumin. Research suggests turmeric has health-promoting and anti-inflammatory properties.

Mini Turmeric Upside-Down Cakes on brown plate with clementine and small dish of honey
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
32 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 small tangerines (unpeeled), thinly sliced and quartered

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoon agave syrup

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • cup butter, softened

  • cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat twenty-four 1 3/4-inch muffin cups with cooking spray. Arrange tangerine quarters in bottoms of prepared cups, overlapping as needed. Lightly sprinkle tangerines with salt. and drizzle with agave syrup.

  2. In a small bowl stir together next six ingredients (through cardamom). In a medium bowl beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beating on low after each addition until combined.

  3. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each three-fourths full. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups 5 minutes. Remove; serve warm.

To Store

Place mini cakes in a single layer in an airtight container. Store in refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

61 Calories
3g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2.3mg 12%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Potassium 27mg 1%
Folate, total 10.1mcg

*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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