Orange Grape Cake

orange-grape-cakeWe’re in October and unfortunately it is already autumn, almost winter. Leaves are getting yellow and the sun get out earlier. And the weather, what can I say ? It is colder, cloudy and rainy with some moments of sun, but well as I am in Hamburg maybe except the temperature I did not really noticed any difference with summer. But autumn means also new fruits such as grapes, grapefruit or oranges. So good!

As I was in France for my holidays I bought the last exemplar oft he cooking newspaper Zest. What I like there are the nice picture which are giving the envy to bake, but also the price. One recipe caught my eyes, the one of an upside down cake with grapes on the top. Such a cake that you often see on Pinterest, as great presented fruits on a cake make great pictures. The red colour of grapes caught directly my attention and I tried it once I was back in my kitchen.

The recipe itself is not so difficult to prepare. It is only a bit long to cut the grapes in half and to drop them on the bottom of your mould one at a time. In the recipe one should use some sweet wine which get a nice sweet bitter taste tot he cake once it is cooked the orange juice.  I really enjoyed to bake and to eat the recipe. What is also good is that one can carry it easily outside. I mean if you get a little bit of sun, you should take benefit of it!


  • 250g grappes
  • zest of one orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 275g brown sugar
  • 12cl olive oil
  • 10cl sweet white wine
  • 300g flour
  • 1/2 sachet of baking powder


For the syrup


  • 40cl orange juice
  • 10cl sweet white wine
  • 75g brown sugar
  • Cover the bottom and the edges of your mold with some parchment paper. If you want the paper do not fall from the edges, put a bit of oil in your mold. It will stick the paper until you pour the dough.
  • Preheat your oven to 180ºC
  • Whipp the eggs with the sugar and the orange zest with help of an electric mixer. Keep mixing and add the oil little by little and then the wine.
  • Add the flour mixed with the baking powder. Pour the mix into the mould, and bake for 40 mins.
  • Prepare the syrup. Pour all the ingredient in a pan and boil until the mix is reduced to its half.
  • Get the cake out of the oven and let cool a little it. While it is still a bit warm „imbibate“ the cake with the syrup.

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