I love an upside down cake. The pineapple type is my mom's territory so I thought I would give this citrus version a try.
I used only 3 blood oranges because I ate some of the ones I had. While it looks pretty (notice the ombre?) I think it's better if the top is covered with blood orange slices. Just a thought.
If you like that dark sugary, caramelized cake top like you get on a traditional upside down cake, rub 1-2 tablespoon of butter on the bottom and sides of the baking dish and sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoon of brown sugar before arranging orange slices.
Makes one 9.5 inch cake.
Blood Orange Upside Down Cake
4-5 blood oranges
6 tablespoons butter, soft
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon angostura bitters
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cup flour
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9.5 inch round baking dish. Set aside.
Cut tops and bottoms from oranges, slice off peels and slice into medallions. Remove seeds. (Save peels for candying or future zesting needs.) Arrange slices on bottom of baking dish. Set aside.
Mix butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg, bitters, milk, poppy seeds, salt, baking powder and flour. Mix until combined and pour over fruit lined baking dish. Bake 40 minutes or until done.
Let cake cool 5 minutes in pan. Run a knife along the edges to loosen and carefully invert onto flat surface.