Citrus Honey Upside Down Cake

What do you do when you have extra oranges at home? This is the task my mother gave me this morning. So here it is, a lovely Citrus-Honey Cake. The best part about this cake is the syrup. It’s just orange juice and honey. Sounds simple but tastes really decadent. The cake is really spongy so it soaks up all the warm juices and becomes super moist. I’ve added fresh orange zest to the cake batter so the zesty, citrusy flavor just gets heightened. I would recommend having this cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Super easy and super delicious! Try making it….

Citrus Honey Upside-down Cake


For Citrus Honey Syrup –

Honey – ¾ cup

Fresh orange juice – 1 cup


For Citrus Honey Syrup –

Flour – 1 ¾ cup

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Castor Sugar – 1 cup

Butter – 100g at room temperature

Vanilla essence – ½ tsp

Eggs – 2 nos.

Orange zest – 1 tsp

Milk – ¼ cup

Orange slices – 3 nos with rind

Orange wedges without peel – ½ cup

Vegetable oil for greasing the tin


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • In a bowl, sift flour, salt and baking powder (dry ingredients).
  • In a non-stick pan, heat the orange juice and honey on low heat. This needs to bubble away for about 15 minutes so start this process early.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one by one. Mix together and add vanilla essence and orange zest (wet ingredients)
  • By now the honey-orange syrup should be thick and syrupy. Add the orange slices and coat them with the syrup. Leave it in the pan to cool.
  • Getting back to the cake batter, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients to form a really thick batter.
  • To this add the milk and mix well. The cake batter is ready.
  • Now take you baking dish and lightly grease it with vegetable oil only on the sides. There is no need to grease the base.
  • Take the orange slices and wedges and arrange them on the base of the cake like shown in the picture. Gently pour the remaining syrup over it.
  • Once the base is ready, pour the cake batter over it gently. Be careful. You don’t want to ruin the base arrangement.
  • Bake this in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked.
  • When it is ready, flip the cake over onto a plate and your cake is ready to be served.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. bellyfirst says:

    This looks so delicious. Haven’t had an oven last 6 months, now I really miss having one….

    1. Anisha says:

      Thank you so much. I don’t know what I would do without my oven.

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