Gluten Free Mini Citrus Upside-Down Cakes
This recipe is already slightly healthier than a traditional upside-down cake because it has less sugar to begin with, but I have also included a few ideas on how to adjust the health-factor even more by making it grain-free. And, to help with portion control and for a fun presentation, these are made in individual ramekins.
- 1 medium orange blood oranges look pretty, but any kind will work
- 6 teaspoons brown sugar healthier option: 6 teaspoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter melted, divided (healthier option: coconut oil, melted)
- 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour healthier option: ¾ cup almond flour plus ¼ cup arrowroot starch
- 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened (healthier option: 6 tablespoons coconut oil)
- ½ cup sugar healthier option: ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- Ice cream for serving (healthier option: coconut whipped cream)
First, make the topping. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 4 oven-safe (8-ounce) ramekins. Slice the orange into 8-10 slices, about ¼-inch thick each. With a sharp knife, carefully remove the outer peel from each slice (do this after slicing to keep each slice better intact). Sprinkle 1½ teaspoons of brown sugar into the bottom of each ramekin. Place 2 orange slices into each ramekin on top of the sugar. Pour ½ tablespoon of melted butter into each ramekin. Bake for 5 minutes, until the butter starts to bubble. Carefully remove the ramekins.
Next, make the cakes. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add softened butter and sugar. Beat on medium-high for 2-3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Stop to scrape down the sides.
Add half the flour mixture to the bowl, then the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour mixture and mix until just blended. Pour batter into hot ramekins, only filling ⅔ full. (Note: You may have extra batter for an additional ramekin.) Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes, run a knife around the edges, then invert onto a serving plate. Serve with ice cream or coconut whipped cream.
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