Recipes and Cooking Orange Cornmeal Cake 4.2 (9) 3 Reviews This rustic skillet dessert is our take on the popular upside-down cake. A sprinkle of fresh thyme gives the cake savory flavor. By Chadwick Boyd Chadwick Boyd Chadwick Boyd is a food media entrepreneur. He started his first food business at the age of 7, selling hand crafted brownies and fresh lemonade. Today, Boyd's company, Chadwick Boyd Lifestyle, is a multi-media enterprise that collaborates with magazines, television networks, publishing houses, and consumer brands.Chadwick contributes to Better Homes & Gardens, The Kitchn, Food52, Serious Eats and more. He regularly writes for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been featured in Southern Living, MyRecipes, Rachael Ray Every Day, Real Simple and many more publications. Chadwick has written and collaborated on 15 food and lifestyle books with many familiar household names, including his recipe collection, "Entertaining with Vegetables" with a foreword written by Nathalie Dupree. He is a James Beard Foundation journalism judge and travels internationally with Chef Carla Hall teaching home cooks how to make biscuits with their "Biscuit Time" class. Chadwick sits on the Board of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Heritage Radio Network. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on December 8, 2016 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Blaine Moats Hands On Time: 20 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 35 mins Servings: 8 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup cornmeal 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder salt ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar 4 eggs 1 cup whole milk 4 teaspoon orange zest 2 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup unsalted butter ⅓ cup packed brown sugar 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 large orange or 2 small oranges, sliced 1/8-inch thick Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. For batter: In a medium bowl stir together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and 1 tsp. salt. In a large bowl beat the 3/4 cup butter with a mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar. Beat 1 minute or until fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until combined. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk, beating on low between each addition until just combined. Stir in the orange zest and the 2 tsp. vanilla; set aside. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the 1/2 cup butter. Stir the butter around until melted and the bottom of skillet is coated. Whisk in the brown sugar, 11/2 tsp. vanilla, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Bring to boiling; boil 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened and caramelized. Stir in the thyme leaves. Remove from heat. Lay the orange slices in one even layer in the bottom of the skillet. Spoon batter over oranges; spread evenly. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until top is golden and knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in skillet 5 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate; transfer any fruit stuck in skillet to cake. Cool 20 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 629 Calories 33g Fat 76g Carbs 8g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 8 Calories 629 % Daily Value * Total Fat 33g 42% Saturated Fat 19g 95% Cholesterol 172mg 57% Sodium 463mg 20% Total Carbohydrate 76g 28% Total Sugars 45g Protein 8g Vitamin C 13.5mg 68% Calcium 133mg 10% Iron 2.5mg 14% Potassium 188mg 4% Fatty acids, total trans 1g Folate, total 96.6mcg Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg 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.