Simple Gluten-free Upside-down Orange Cake

by Lucia

How better you can celebrate the beginning of winter, if not with this gluten-free upside-down orange cake, made with chickpea and buckwheat flour? Have you ever tried to make an upside-down cake before? I can tell you, it’s super easy to prepare and it looks really beautiful! With this cake any afternoon turns into a special occasion.

This orange cake is gluten-free and diary-free, and it’s made with chickpea and buckwheat flour. Then you need some oranges and guests to share the cake with!

Gluten-free upside-down orange cake | Healthy Goodies by lucia

Topping – yes or not?

Depends on you. With this cake you don’t need to prepare any topping but if you wish, you can prepare a home-made orange sauce, I explain bellow.

When I make this cake, I don’t prepare anything extra. I think it is absolutely beautiful without any powdered sugar or other toppings. Baked oranges have a lovely texture. And when you use red oranges instead of orange ones, your cake will just turn out stunning! I can’t wait to a red orange season. It starts in the middle of winter and its a special kind of orange with strong red/pink color.

But, if you really want to prepare some topping, an orange sauce can be a perfect match with this cake. It’s very easy to prepare and you only need a fresh juice of aboutt 4 or 5 squeezed oranges, 4 or 5 spoons of raw cane sugar and 1 tsp of cornstarch.

Instructions for the orange sauce

Put the orange juice into a pan, (but remember to leave 0,5 dcl of juice for later use). Add sugar and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for 7 minutes approximately. Stir it from time to time and taste it if it’s sweet enough for you. Early oranges in the season might be less sweet, so you add more sugar. But if you have oranges that are sweeter already, add less spoons of sugar and taste it. Then you decide if it’s sweet enough for you or you add some extra sugar.

After 7 minutes or so, you will see that some water evaporates and the sauce is already somehow thick. Then, mix 2 tsp of cornstarch into the left orange juice (it’s enough 0,5 dcl and must be a room temperature!), combine it well with a whisk, and through a sieve add it into a simmering juice in a pan. Keep stirring while it’s simmering and switch off the heat when you reach your favourite dense consistency.

Once it’s done, let it cool for a room temperature and you can pour it on a served cake.

Need more inspirations?

You can check some of my other recipes also. I highly recommend to try this brownie recipe with pears. It’s made with black beans, and there is no butter inside. Actually the butter and animal fats are substituted by beans and coconut oil. It’s really delicious and your guests will be absolutely amazed!

If you are not sure about baking with beans (I highly recommend to try it once), you can check this recipe for example Autumn apple cake with walnuts. This is made with chickpea and buckwheat flour, and grated apples just makes it so moist and delicious.

If you want to see even more, check all my recipes here.

Gluten-free upside-down orange cake | Healthy Goodies by lucia

This orange cake is:

  • Gluten-free 
  • Vegetarian
  • Made with chickpea & buckwheat flour
  • Diary-free
  • Simple & delicious
  • Nutrient & Healthy
  • Satisfying and beaufitul for any occasion
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Recipe for this gluten-free upside-down orange cake

Gluten-free upside-down orange cake | Healthy Goodies by lucia

Recipe for gluten-free upside-down orange cake

How better you can celebrate the beginning of winter, if not with this gluten-free upside-down orange cake, made with chickpea and buckwheat… All Recipes gluten-free orange cake European Print
Serves: about 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 2 eggs
  • 160 g raw cane sugar
  • 140 g plant based milk
  • 45 g plant based oil
  • 1 biological orange zest + 1 squeezed orange juice
  • 1 biological lemon zest + 0,5 squeezed lemon juice
  • 75 g chickpea flour
  • 90 g buckwheat flour
  • 20 g cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • some rest of oranges - cut in small pieces
  • 2 or 3 oranges - peeled and cut in circles


  1. Turn on the oven for 180 degrees and grease the baking pan. (I used the one of 22 cm diameter)
  2. By using a hand mixer, beat 2 whole eggs into a perfect airy foam. Add sugar and continue beating until sugar melts. It might take 2-3 minutes. 
  3. Add milk, oil, orange and lemon zest + juice and mix it well by using a hand mixer.
  4. Through a sieve, add chickpea and buckwheat flour, baking powder, cornstarch and some pieces of oranges. Incorporate it well and gently into the batter by using a large spatula – fold from the bottom up to the sides. Do not stir or mix the batter quickly and do not over-work it, otherwise it will not rise well while baking. 
  5. Place cut oranges circles on the bottom of the baking pan. Then, pour the batter on the oranges.
  6. Bake it in oven for 180 degrees for the first 20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 165 degrees for other 15-20 minutes or until the cake is baked through. Then, remove it from oven and put aside to cool down to a room temperature. 


This cake is gluten-free, diary-free, made with chickpea and buckwheat flour. No topping needed but if you wish, there are instructions for the orange sauce in this post.

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Author: Lucia Marecak
Author: Lucia Marecak

Hi there! My name is Lucia, a recipe developer and food photographer behind this blog. I love eating healthy and nutrient eats, it helps me to stay fit, have a lot of energy and feel great. And for this reason I share with you all my favourite recipes. My goal is to inspire you to eat in a better and healthier way and show you how amazing legumes are!

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1 comment

Teegal March 2, 2020 - 4:46 pm

I’m so amazing at what I saw on your blog,was searching for a nice site where I can get orange cake for my cousin’s wedding. Your orange cakes looks.
attractive and adorable .
I will like to you to bake a cake for my cousin’s wedding that is coming up next month.


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