Honey-Orange Upside Down Cake with Honey-Bourbon Whipped Cream

This delicious Honey Orange Upside-Down Cake is laced with honey and fresh oranges and topped with homemade, spiked whipped cream.Honey-Orange Upside Down Cake with Honey-Bourbon Whipped Cream | CaliGirl Cooking

This one goes out to all of my moms out there. Consider this Honey-Orange Upside Down Cake with Honey-Bourbon Whipped Cream my personal gift to you to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.

I’m not yet a mom myself, but I have MAD respect for all of you out there who are. I have so many mamas in my life – friends that are moms, family members that are moms, soon-to-be family members that are moms (and of course, most importantly, my mom) – I see on a daily basis what hard, yet rewarding, work it is. I look forward to the day that I join the ranks but, for now, I’ll stick with showering all the moms I know with delicious treats like this one.

This Honey-Orange Upside Down Cake with Honey-Bourbon Whipped Cream is one for the books. No joke. The cake is dense, syrupy, and fruity, and the light-as-air whipped cream is the perfect contrast with that little hint of boozy flavor. If you think about it, it’s sweet (as moms undoubtedly need to be) but has that extra kick that proves we’re not messing around.

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And let me tell you a little bit about this sweetness. This sweetness comes from the amazing Heavenly Organics line of honeys which have become my absolute favorite as of late. You may have noticed I already started sneaking them into recipes like this Spring Kale Salad with Honey-Tahini Dressing, because I just can’t NOT use them when I’m looking for that little hint of sweetness. They come in three flavors: Acacia Honey, White Honey and Neem Honey, and all of them are fab. The Acacia Honey is more your classic honey, light and drizzly with a slight tang, it’s perfect for everyday use because it blends in easily to anything. The White Honey is creamier, with a more floral hint to it, and the Neem Honey is the thickest, most robust…perfect to serve on a giant cheese platter!

The other HUGE reason why I love Heavenly Organics honeys is because they are all ethically farmed. Guys, this is really big. I’m sure you’ve heard all the buzz lately (sorry, pun intended) about how all of our bees are disappearing because of unethical farming practices, smoke outs, etc. Well, Heavenly Organics is soooo not about that. Their honeys are collected from naturally occurring, wild beehives using smoke-free methods that not only protect the bee colonies, but also prevent forest fires.

Even better, these honeys are produced by worker-owned cooperatives in remote and conflict-ridden areas such as Northern and Central India and the Himalayas, helping to better these communities and create long-lasting, sustainable economies. Is Heavenly Organics awesome or are they awesome? You know I’m all about that balance, so I am totally behind this company and their message.

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So let’s get to this Honey-Orange Upside Down Cake with Honey-Bourbon Whipped Cream using not one, but TWO of these amazing products. Because of its delicious creaminess and floral notes, I used the White Honey as the “glue” to hold the orange slices on to the bottom/top of the cake. And for the whipped cream, I used the ever-so-versatile Acacia Honey for its easy blendability.

Not only is this cake absolutely delicious, it is incredibly easy to make (the most difficult part is slicing the oranges) and, best part ever, it’s perfectly fitting for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. I mean, it involves Greek yogurt and fruit which makes it pretty much a health food, right? And this means you’re covered no matter how you’ll be celebrating all of the moms in your life this weekend. Now hurry up and get to baking! We only have a whole day devoted to celebrating these fabulous human beings once a year, after all 😉

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Honey-Orange Upside Down Cake with Honey-Bourbon Whipped Cream
A delicious upside-down cake laced with honey and fresh oranges, topped with homemade, spiked whipped cream.
Ingredients
For the bottom of the cake pan:
  • 2/3 cup honey – I prefer Heavenly Organics White Honey
  • 2 oranges peeled and sliced into thin wheels (not wedges)
For the cake batter:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the whipped cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon honey – I prefer Heavenly Organics Acacia Honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of sprayed pan with parchment paper, then spray top of parchment paper with cooking spray one more time.
  2. Spread White Honey on bottom of cake pan, carefully making sure it reaches as far to the sides as possible without moving the parchment paper. Place orange wheels atop honey in bottom of cake pan. Set aside.
  3. Next, make the batter. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate, medium mixing bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, yogurt, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla. Using a hand mixer, mix until these ingredients are combined, then mix in the dry ingredients.
  4. Once all ingredients are incorporated, pour batter into prepared cake pan. Place in 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate to finish cooling.
  5. To make the whipped cream, combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla and bourbon in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix at medium-high speed for at least 5 minutes, or until the mixture resembles whipped cream. Serve alongside slices of cake.

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A whole lotta sweet love right there.

This post was created in partnership with Heavenly Organics. Although I did receive product in exchange for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I truly LOVE Heavenly Organics products and their mission so I am honored to work with such an amazing company!

Super-Hydrating Recovery Smoothie

This tasty Recovery Smoothie is a healthy, refreshing breakfast or snack complete with coconut water and loads of anti-inflammatory superfoods.

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I’ve lightly touched on the topic here and there recently, but with our wedding now just a few short months away, I’ve been kicking it up a notch with my workouts and the fiancé and I have been focusing on even more balanced eating than usual. Luckily, the two go hand in hand. I can definitely tell what a difference it makes in my workouts when I’m putting the right fuel into my body!

It’s quite fitting that I stumbled across my new favorite coconut water, Amy & Brian, in the midst of this transition to higher intensity workouts and healthier eating. Even more fitting, I learned after the fact that their motto is “Be Better™” and they have dubbed 2016 the “year of improvement.” I am so on board with this! Especially with the wedding on the way, now is more of a time than ever for me to really focus on who I am and how I want to be transitioning into this new phase of my life.

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Not only is Amy & Brian’s motto so in line with where I’m at right now mentally, but their coconut waters have  also proven to be fantastic for me physically. As a competitive volleyball player growing up, I sometimes had long, grueling practice days. Unfortunately, I was not always in such a great place with my eating habits back then, and I would often get severely dehydrated. We’re talking migraines, nausea, the sweats….yuck. Back then, the only solution I knew of was to lie in bed with the lights off and try to keep down as much Gatorade as I could to replace all of the lost electrolytes.

When coconut water started having its “moment” a few years ago, I was thrilled to learn that the all-natural drink was loaded with electrolytes and minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and chloride. I immediately started grabbing it up at the grocery store for not only my bouts with dehydration, but for any occasion where I felt I needed a natural jolt of all of these healthful components. (Long day of volleyball at the beach? You betcha!) My diet is much more on track now than it used to be, and I rarely experience dehydration anymore, but I’m so glad to have found a natural solution that helps me Be Better™.

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Speaking of being better and natural solutions, did everyone know that this Friday, April 22 is Earth Day? Do you have any exciting plans? Any ambitions of how to make our world “better” in the coming year?

We actually celebrated Earth Day this past weekend, since Santa Barbara puts on a HUGE Earth Day Festival every year and it just happened to fall a weekend early. Did you know Santa Barbara is the birth place of Earth Day? That’s right, folks. Earth Day was inspired by the 1969 massive oil spill here in sunny SB. An unfortunate incident, but at least now we can thank it for a reason to celebrate this lovely world we live in!

In addition to my #lifegoals and #marriedlife goals listed above, I’m also going to make more of an effort to conserve resources whenever possible (especially water) and use less of the products that fill up our landfills (Ziploc bag obsession right here – need to break this.)

But I digress. The reason we are all here today is to find out what’s so special about this Recovery Smoothie, right? Well, let me tell you. This smoothie is a spin-off of my original Power Protein Smoothie (just ignore the horrible photos), but it’s loaded with even more nutritious ingredients that help our muscles recover quickly and get amped up for our next workout.

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Of course, the star of the show is Amy & Brian Coconut Water – with Cinnamon! You read that right, folks. Not only do Amy & Brian make straight up, good ol’ fashioned plain (and high pulp) coconut water, but they also make fun, flavored coconut waters like Lime, Grape and Cinnamon. I chose to use the Cinnamon flavor because not only has the spice become a favorite of mine to add a pop of flavor to my daily smoothies, it also has anti-inflammatory properties due to the high level of antioxidants it contains and has proven effective at controlling blood sugar and increasing metabolism. Awesome!

We already mentioned the potassium we get from the coconut water itself, but of course we also have bananas to thank for giving this smoothie even more of the mineral to aid our cramping muscles. We also throw in maca powder for increased energy, an extra hit of Vitamins B, C and E, and improved stamina. Finally, we add some turmeric to the mix for even more anti-inflammatory properties and faster recovery.  Oh, and we’re also getting plenty of protein from Greek yogurt, whey protein powder and almond butter to really help those muscles grow!

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I know it sounds like a long list of ingredients, but I’ve made it easier to find a lot of the spices/supplements by providing links to them all on Amazon (whatever did we do before Amazon?) AND, the most exciting part of this post…

I’M HOSTING MY FIRST GIVEAWAY! That’s right, one lucky reader will receive a mixed case of all of Amy & Brian’s delicious coconut waters.  Simply enter by using the Rafflecopter box below (yes, you can have multiple entries!), and good luck! Giveaway closes at 12AM PDT on Wednesday, April 27. Giveaway is only open to US residents and winner will be notified by email.

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This post was created in partnership with Amy & Brian Coconut Water. Although I did receive free product as compensation, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I truly LOVE Amy & Brian Coconut Water and am honored to work with such an amazing company!
Recovery Smoothie
A healthy, refreshing smoothie complete with coconut water and loads of anti-inflammatory superfoods.
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 cups kale baby kale or spinach
  • 1 ½ cups frozen mango
  • 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup Amy & Brian Cinnamon Coconut Water
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve in two large cups, Mason jars or Blender Bottles.

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