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Sticky Orange & Vanilla Upsidedown Cake

Serves 8

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 1 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • Sticky Orange Topping

  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 2 oranges, very thinly sliced, seeds removed
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C

To make the topping:

  1. Place the sugar, water and vanilla bean in a 2.5 litre capacity (10 cup) 20cm non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the oranges and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the orange is soft. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Remove from the heat and place in a 20cm x 4.8cm cake tin to cool

To make cake:

  1. Place eggs, sugar and vanilla essence in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 minutes or until the mixture is thick, pale and tripled in volume.
  2. Sift the flour over the egg mixture and fold through.
  3. Fold through the butter and almond meal.
  4. Pour the mixture over the orange and bake for 40-45 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out onto a platter to serve.
If your frying pan is ovenproof and deep enough, you can bake the cake in this without having to transfer the orange to another tin.