Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake

simple winter citrus cake
Simple winter citrus cake
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2 blood Oranges
2 navel Oranges
1 small Grapefruit tangelo or other citrus of choice
½ cup Granulated sugar
¼ cup Water
½ cup Butter room temperature
⅓ cup Sugar
⅓ cup Brown sugar
2 Large eggs room temperature
3 tbsp Orange juice freshly squeezed or from any type of orange
1 tbsp Orange zest from the same orange
1 tbsp Vanilla extract
1 ½ cups plus 1 tbsp All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
¼ tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Salt
⅔ cup Yogurt plain non- or low-fat

Nutritional information


Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake


This Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake is super pretty and pretty easy to make too! I love how the different citrus fruit slices look when this upside down cake is turned out onto a serving plate. To prepare the citrus slices, cut each one into ½ inch thick slices with the skin still on. Take each slice and cut off the skin carefully. By doing it this way, you will ensure that your citrus slices stay intact and will not break apart when you slice the cake.

Line the bottom of a cake pan with citrus slices and sugar- water syrup. Make a cake batter by beating butter, white and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, orange juice and zest, vanilla extract, flour and yogurt. Pour the batter over the citrus slices and bake in the oven. Invert the cake onto a serving plate so that the caramelized citrus slices are on display. 

To make Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake

Steps to make Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake


Heat oven and prepare a cake pan

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper. Ensure that the paper covers the bottom of the pan and goes right up the sides. Fold the parchment paper so that it hangs down over the sides of the pan and spray with non-stick spray.


Slice the citrus fruits

Slice each citrus fruit ½ inch thick. Using a paring knife, carefully cut off the skin from each citrus slice.


Make a syrup

Place ½ a cup of granulated sugar and ¼ cup of water in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds until the sugar dissolves completely.


Place citrus slices and syrup in the cake pan

Pour half of the syrup into the bottom of the cake pan. Place citrus slices in the pan so that they line the bottom. Once all the citrus slices are in the pan, pour the rest of the syrup over the citrus fruit and set to one side.


Start to make cake batter

Beat ½ cup of butter and ½ cup of white and ½ cup of brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in 2 eggs, 3 tbsp of orange juice, 1 tbsp of orange zest, and 1 tbsp of vanilla extract.


Mix dry ingredients

Combine 1 ½ cups of flour, 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt in a large mixing bowl.


Add flour and yogurt

Gradually alternate between folding the flour mixture and ⅔ cups of yogurt into the wet ingredients until everything is incorporated and you have a thick cake batter.


Place batter in cake pan

Pour the batter over the citrus slices in the cake pan.



Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven.



Allow to cool completely. Invert the cake onto a serving plate so that the colorful citrus slices are on display.



Serve large slices of this cake with tea or coffee.

This Upside Down Winter Citrus Cake looks fantastic when it is inverted onto a serving plate with the colorful citrus slices on display. If you bake this cake, please come back and leave a review telling me what you think!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

Recipe Reviews

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Total Reviews: 21
Nahla Mastropolo

Thank you so much, it was very good!

Legacy Picinich

I didn't have brown sugar so I just added normal sugar, but I don't think that it would affect it much, it was really delicious.

Angelique Lien

Got it perfectly on my first try yay!!!

Poppy Manuszak

Much prefer the baileys over this but it's still a keeper for a rainy day.

Itzayana Xayasane

I made the classic devil’s food cake and now I'm back again to make something with fruits, scrumptious as expected :)

Aliyana Shimmin

Easily one of the best cakes I've ever made, thank you so much for the great ideas cookme will be bookmarking a lot more.

Maren Lepre

It was slightly sour but I still liked it just going to add less citrus the next time around so it won't be so zesty.

Calista Kurtic

This was relatively fast to make, I'm seriously impressed both from myself and from the accuracy of this page. Bravo!

Andie Sturza

I'm having this with juice, perfection right there 11/10

Rayne Dabler

If heaven had a taste, that's what it would taste like, thanks a lot.

Amaia Pottratz

I just had this at my mother's and I was really impressed by how good it was, so she told me about this site and here I am about to make it for myself.

Raylynn Hoffstadt

I don't know why but its name seems very funny to me x) ,the cake tastes great though!

Anne Rolader

I love oranges so naturally this was a bonus for me!

Melinda Heeg

I don't like grapefruits so I didn't add them, but it was good.

Anniston Aswell

I made 2 layers of it and added more oranges in the middle after baking it.

Kourtney Knox

My daughter was negative at first cause of the citrus but after taking the first bite she ended up eating all of it LOL.

Mavis Vollmann

This was very tasty, it's my first time making something from here and the quality is amazing!

Cambria Bace

I loved it, and I will be making more of it next time.

Leilah Gauze

I like how not only does it taste good but it also looks good, such happy colors all over it.

Skylah Galde

This is now in my to 5 cakes first being the mini cherry cheesecakes.


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