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Andalusian Orange & Almond Upside Down Cake

Inspired by the almond blossoms and sun-warmed oranges of Andalusia, chef Olivia Hayo created this recipe using fresh citrus and almond flour from her local farmers market in Little Italy.

Ingredients for

Andalusian Orange & Almond Upside Down Cake


2 navel oranges

3–4 blood oranges

3 tablespoons salted butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 lemon, juiced

2 tablespoons water

4 free-range eggs

2 teaspoons orange blossom water

1 3/4 cup almond meal

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cardamom

For serving

1/3 cup pistachios, chopped

Plain Greek yogurt

Instructions for

Andalusian Orange & Almond Upside Down Cake

Place navel oranges in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat until extremely soft and easy to pierce with a fork, 1 to 1 ½ hours. Remove navel oranges from water and let cool completely.

Remove any seeds and puree navel  orange halves in a blender until smooth. Set aside.

Prepare blood oranges by cutting off ½ an inch from each end and removing peel and pith with a sharp knife. Slice into ¼-inch rounds. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 325°.

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt butter, then add brown sugar, lemon juice, and water. Stir continuously until sugar is melted, smooth, and sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Pour sauce into 9-inch round (at least 2 inches deep) cake pan and set aside until set and cooled. Arrange blood orange rounds on top. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs using an electric mixer, add 1 cup of navel orange puree and the orange blossom water and beat again. Add almond meal, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices. Mix thoroughly with a rubber spatula until smooth.

Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 40 to 60 minutes. Beginning at 40 minutes check cake by inserting a toothpick in the center; it should come out almost clean (it’s a very moist cake).

Remove and let cool in the pan before turning over onto a plate. Top with chopped pistachios and serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

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