Fruit and hazelnut upside down cake

Choose your favourite poached fruit to add to Justine Schofields spongy teatime treat
By Justine Schofield
Fruit and hazelnut upside down cake
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  • Serves: 8
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus four hours boiling time
  • Effort: easy


For the cake

  • 500 g butter
  • 500 g sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 oranges
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 560 g plain flour
  • 100 g hazelnuts
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the syrup

  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 300 ml water or juice from zested fruit

For the fruit

  • fruit, of your choice, poach this before starting


1. For the vitamised oranges: Boil oranges in water for 4 hours and then food process the boiled oranges. Par poach your chosen fruit for lining the bottom of the tin later.

2. For the cake: Spray and line cake tin with canola spray. Beat sugar and butter on speed 1 for 2mins, then speed 6 for 3-4mins until white and light and creamy. Add zest and vitamised fruit and vanilla, return to speed 1 for 1min.

3. Add eggs 1x1 beating well after each mix (on speed 1: for 1 min for first egg, upto 3 mins after last egg). Combine dry ingredients together. Fold butter mix into dry ingredients.

4. For the syrup
Bring ingredients to the boil and reduce in pan on stove top, until caramel colour

5. For the fruit: Arrange generous amount of par poached sliced fruit, covering bottom of the tin. Spoon cake mix over fruit. Bake at 160C/140 fan/gas 4 for about 40 mins, until cake springs back to touch. Turn out upside down.

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