This picturesque Turmeric Blood Orange Upside Down Cake will wow everyone! It’s essentially a turmeric cake with stunning and delicious citrus on top! It’s an unexpected dessert that’s packed with flavor and buttery goodness. And in the winter, there are never too many blood orange recipes!
Inspiration for my recipes comes from all over the place.
Inside, outside, books, magazines, mood, weather . . . .
It can be anything from the produce that’s in season and the temperature outside, to how I’m feeling, and flavors I’m craving.
It can also be pictures in magazines, aromas in the air, what’s in my pantry, and a million things in between.
For this recipe my inspiration was color.
I wanted to paint a picture, if you will — of the fiery red of blood oranges and the brilliant gold of turmeric . . . in a blood orange cake, with turmeric.
I knew the flavors would marry beautifully, and I just had to see those deep, rich colors together — in a cake! Sometimes a vision must be realized!
About a Turmeric Cake
- A gorgeous color – Cakes with Turmeric will have a stunning golden glow to them.
- A comfort food – Cakes with Turmeric are not a comfort food just because they are sweet dessert, it’s more because turmeric is a warming spice. It’s rich in astringent tannins that help tighten tissues and absorb excess water from the body, which results in “drying.” And that in turn, raises the overall body temperature. So the cake could potentially warm you up in cold weather! 😉
- A delicious flavor – Turmeric has subtle scents of orange and ginger. The overall flavor is mild, though it can be a bit bitter. In a cake all of these elements are balanced and brought out with the sugar and rich butter.
And add to all of that, blood orange cake, and oh my! Spectacular — as blood orange recipes typically are.
You will be a star when you serve this blood orange cake at your next get together. That’s a promise!
It’s beautiful inside and out!
Enjoy this Turmeric Blood Orange Upside Down Cake, and may it go to the top of your blood orange recipes list.
Here are a couple more recipes using blood oranges:
A turmeric cake with stunning and delicious citrus on top! Cakes with turmeric make for an unexpected dessert that is packed with flavor and buttery goodness!
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 2 to 3 blood oranges
- 1/4 cup low or full-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons fresh turmeric, freshly grated
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350°F, and adjust a rack to the center. Use a pastry brush, or a bit of the butter wrapper, to coat the bottom and sides of a 9-inch cake pan with the tablespoon of softened butter. Set aside.
On a clean, dry surface, use a paring knife to cut about 1/2-inch off the top and bottom of each blood orange. Then to remove the skin, set them down on one of their flat surfaces and use a the knife, moving downwards, just inside the skin, cutting only slightly into the flesh. (Here's a photographic guide for cutting citrus this way.) Now, cutting horizontally into the blood oranges, create round slices that are about 1/4-inch thick. Place them on the bottom surface of the buttered cake pan, covering as much of the space as possible. The edges of the orange slices should be touching each other. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the milk with the freshly grated turmeric. (Here's How to Use Fresh Turmeric.) Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a strong simmer. Then turn off the heat, cover, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder, cardamom and salt. Set aside.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the egg mixture and the strained turmeric milk. Once it's blended in, fold in the melted butter. Continue to fold the batter until it's smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan with the blood oranges and place it on a baking sheet, and then into the preheated 350°F oven. Bake until it's golden and set, about 30 minutes.
Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, and then invert it onto a a serving plate or platter. (The cake is best served at room temperature.)