Easter day started with Alice briefly but thoroughly enjoying the new toy I bought her at Goodwill.

Then I made two blood orange upside-down cakes.

It was only 8:30am. Partly because I was productive and partly because bug hadn’t slept and so I hadn’t slept and I eventually gave up and got up.


We went to brunch at Laura and Craig’s house. Bug wore the amazing dress my mom made her. The dress is seriously so gorgeous. I might make her squeeze into it next year too.

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Blood Orange Upside Down Cake

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 blood oranges, sliced paper-thin crosswise, seeds discarded
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Set a 9-inch nonstick cake pan over moderate heat. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter and when it is melted, stir in the brown sugar until dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Arrange the lemon slices in the melted brown sugar.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter with the granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and the egg yolks, one at a time. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients in 3 batches, alternating with the milk.
  3. In a stainless steel bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar at high speed until firm peaks form. Fold one-third of the beaten whites into the batter, then fold in the rest. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert it onto a plate. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream.

Recipe from Food & Wine by Cal Peternell

8 Responses to bunny

  1. lera says:

    Gee! Look how well Bug holds up her head. She’s darling. And so is her new dress.

  2. TRB Holt says:

    Alice looks so sweet & content after her extermination! Maybe when I get frustrated or just for kicks, I should shred a stuffed toy, it works for Alice. AND talk about SWEET…loves those toes! Margot is the one who makes the dress gorgeous.

    Love to you Burb! Mom

  3. Can Alice come do that to the real bunnies in my garden? Just kidding. Your baby is darling. She’ll sleep someday.~~Dee

  4. RR says:

    Oh my! Bunny guts everywhere! Was there a squeker she was trying to get to?

    That is an adorable Easter outfit. Commission mom now for future years! I’m envisioning 4th of july, christmas, and birthday dresses!!

  5. Rebecca says:

    The baby’s cute, but that cake? It’s way cuter! How did it turn out?

  6. There wasn’t a squeaker in the toy. Only endless fun for a dog on Easter morning. The cake was maybe one of the best I’ve ever made. I wish I had put more orange slices.

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