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Upside Down Turmeric Cake with Blood Oranges

Radical honesty, we totally stole this recipe from ‘Cooking on the’. There’s no way I could have come up with this level of genius on my own! This is 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!

PREP TIME: 30 mins
COOK TIME: 30 mins
YIELD: depends on your attitude about sharing 🙂

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
2 to 3 blood oranges
¼ cup low or full-fat milk
2 tablespoons Fiji Joe Turmeric powder
1½ 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


🌡️ 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 thoroughly coat the bottom and sides of a 9-inch cake pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Melt the remaining cup of butter and set it aside.

🍊 Cut the blood oranges and line the pan with them. On a clean, dry surface, use a paring knife to cut about ½ inch off the top and bottom of each blood orange and remove the rind carefully. Now, cutting horizontally into the blood oranges, create round slices that are about ¼ 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.

🌱 Infuse the milk with Fiji Joe Turmeric. In a small saucepan, combine the milk with Fiji Joe Turmeric. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a strong simmer. Then turn off the heat, cover, and set aside.

🥣 Begin making the cake batter. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder, cardamom, and salt. In another mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with sugar and vanilla. Set both aside.

🍰 Finish the batter and bake. 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 for about 30 minutes.

Cool and serve. Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, and then invert it onto a serving plate. (The cake is best served at room temperature.)