Orange Salted Caramel Upside Down Cake
I’m making the best of orange season with this citrus cake that is made even better with salted caramel sauce. This Orange Salted Caramel Upside Down Cake is a dessert that does not need to be served with any toppings or sides. It’s got it all going on in just once slice. With orange in the cake batter, fresh orange segments and salted caramel sauce on top.
It’s orange season and there are some amazing ones out there. Have you tried the Sumo orange? You can use any oranges for this cake, including mandarin and blood orange. I actually turned them into a Blood Orange Galette, which is delicious served with vanilla ice cream.
This is not your typical caramel sauce. It’s made a little differently because this does not have cream. When you add cream to caramel sauce, it prevents the sauce hardening and keeps it pourable. For this cake, we don’t want that. We want it to harden in the pan, then as it bakes, it will soften with the heat and soak into the cake.
When you’re making caramel sauce, the sugar can crystalize on the side of the pan. You don’t want this when you are making a caramel sauce because those crystals can make the sauce gritty. For this recipe, it doesn’t matter because the sauce will melt into the cake.
When you turn the cake out, the caramel will sit on top of the cake and set and keep the orange segments in place instead of running all over if contained cream, then it would be a sticky orange cake. Not a bad thing, but I like how this turns out better.
Cutting the orange segments
To get the perfect pieces for the top of the cake, you first have to remove the peel and the pithe (white part). Don’t forget to zest the oranges first because it is impossible to do after.
Cut the top and the bottom of the orange. Stand the orange up and start cutting from the top down following the curve of the orange. Do this all the way around until all the white and peel is gone.
Holding the orange in your hand, use a small, sharp paring knife to cut between the membranes of the orange to cut out the segments.