This orange upside-down cake recipe takes your basic pineapple upside-down cake and turns it into a citrusy delight with orange slices, orange flavor, and a topping of orange marmalade for a glaze. It uses a boxed cake mix so it is super easy. It’s a great recipe for a busy day.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 oranges
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • vegetable oil, water, and eggs as called for on the cake mix box
  • 2 teaspoons orange flavor
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Grate the zest from the oranges.  With a paring knife, peel the oranges removing the outer white membrane.  Slice the oranges horizontally into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Remove the seeds.  Set aside.
  2. In a 9×13-inch baking pan, melt the butter in the oven. Mix the brown sugar into the melted butter and spread it evenly across the bottom of the pan. Arrange the orange slices over the brown sugar mixture.
  3. Make the cake batter as directed on the package, adding the orange zest and orange flavor at the end. Pour the batter over the orange slices and brown sugar mixture.
  4. Bake for 32 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool for about three minutes.
  5. Place a large serving plate or cutting board upside down on the pan so that the pan is covered.  Turn the plate or cutting board over and, holding the pan and cutting broad together about three inches off the counter, drop the two together.  The cake will pop out onto the cutting board.  Remove the pan. Cool 20 minutes.
  6. While the cake is cooling, make the orange marmalade glaze.  Add the marmalade and water to a small saucepan.  Heat until the marmalade is melted.  Strain the marmalade to remove the pieces.  Brush the glaze over the cake.  Serve with the whipped cream.

Orange Cloud Whipped Cream


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange flavor
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


Whip the cream to soft peaks. Add the sugar, flavor, and zest and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.

(Updated from May 14, 2014)

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