Orange Upside Down Cakes

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When is it ok to eat an entire cake in one sitting? When it is a mini orange upside down cake! These individual cakes are made in a cupcake mold, they are beautiful and perfectly sized for dinner parties or a holiday buffet!

Clementine orange mini cakes on a white plate

Health Benefits of Ingredients


The antioxidants found in lemons have properties that can protect cells against oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can lead to inflammation, which is a precursor to cardiovascular disease.

Lemons also contain vitamin C, which has been shown to aid in decreasing the severity and duration of sickness with having adequate levels in the body.

Maple Syrup

Pure maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese and a good source of riboflavin. Pure maple syrup is also a source of calcium, thiamin, potassium, and copper. One serving of pure maple syrup (2 tablespoons) contains 35% of the Daily Value of Manganese and 15% for Riboflavin.

Round platter stacked high with orange upside down mini cakes

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Hand holding individual orange cake with more in background

Orange Upside Down Cakes

Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes


  • 5 Limoneira mandarin clementine oranges
  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup cassava flour
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons limoneira lemon juice


  • Cut oranges into 12 thin slices.
  • Add orange slices to boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes, then lay out on a paper towel to dry.
  • Divide the butter and sugar into a silicone 12-cupcake pan. This will be about 1 teaspoon of each butter and sugar into each cupcake mold.
  • Bake the butter and sugar mixture in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 3 minutes.
  • Next, whisk the almond flour, cassava flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Then, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the large bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Place one blanched orange slice into the melted butter / sugar mixture in each cupcake mold, and top with cake batter.
  • Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 25 minutes.
  • Let cool and enjoy!
Servings: 12 cakes
Upside down orange mini cake on plate, with more piled in background

More Citrus Holiday Desserts!

Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Cara Cara Orange Chocolate Truffles

Orange Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Orange Gingerbread Cookies

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