Caramel Coffee Upside Down Syrup Cake + A Double Giveaway

Caramel Coffee Upside Down Syrup Cake + A Double Giveaway
Carly Jacobs

This post is sponsored by Caffitaly

Yep. Caramel Coffee Upside Down Syrup Cake. I kind of invented it because when I like something I want it to be in everything… and I really like coffee. Specifically pod coffee because it comes straight from my kitchen and I don’t have to talk to people to get it.

Pod coffee is my favourite discovery of 2013, so when Woolworths asked me if I wanted to give their Caffitaly coffee machines a whirl I was all… obviously. I won’t lie… I’ve been eyeing off this sexy little beast for a while now. I have a well established habit of having coffee a couple of times a day at home and I may or may not have figured out a way to add alcohol to it… with great success. The natural next step was to add my beloved pod espresso to food and because coffee pizza sounds gross, I went with cake. And holy delicious mouth party this cake is amazing. Here’s how to make it.


Caramel Coffee Upside Down Syrup Cake

What You Need

1/2 cup of light sour cream

6 Caffitaly Caramel Indulgence espresso shots

200 gms soft butter

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste

3 eggs

2 cups of self raising flour

1 cup of white sugar

What You Do

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease and line a cake tin (I used a square one but you can use whatever you have lying around.)

2. Whisk sour cream and 2 shots of coffee together in a jug.

3. Using an electric mixer and beat brown sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. (HINT: It takes a lot longer than you think… try setting the timer for ten minutes and see how you go.)

4. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well in between.

5. Add half the sifted flour to the cake mix and stir well with a wooden spoon. Add half the sour cream mix and stir well. Repeat with remaining flour and sour cream mix.

6. Spoon batter into tin and smooth down. Bake for 45 to 55 mins and remove from oven when a skewer comes clean out from the centre of the cake.

7. Combine white sugar, 4 espresso shots and 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste in a small saucepan. Cook until mixture dissolves and then bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer without stirring for 15 minutes. Leave to cool as the mixture takes the form of a syrup.

8. Turn cake out and leave upside down. Drizzle cake with syrup when ready to serve.


Not surprisingly this cake goes really well with coffee. I made the coffee part of the cake with 6 espresso shots of the Caramel Indulgence Caffitaly pods. The flavoured pods are the best. I’m a touch on the calorie conscious side so I love the calorie free hit of sweet flavour in the caramel and mocha pods. It makes me feel like I’m a normal person with a properly functioning metabolism.

If you don’t have a pod coffee machine, I highly recommend the Caffitaly. It’s the perfect low commitment coffee machine option. It’s really little, so it fits on small bench tops and although I haven’t had the time to try, I’d be willing to bet it would also fit in the console of most large-ish cars… it’s just an idea I’m workshopping. Both the machine and the pods are available at Woolies so it’s super convenient. No ordering or traipsing to specialty stores on blessed Himalayan mountain tops to get your coffee fix. I think deep down we’re all a bit lazy so the lure of a supermarket convenience is tempting.

If you’d like the chance to win a Caffitaly machine of your own, just answer this question…

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What’s your ultimate favourite treat to have with coffee? 

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group. 

Note: Competition available to Australian residents only. 


  1. mandy 7 years ago

    Give me a packet of mint slice biscuits and a mug of black coffee, and I am one happy indulgent lady!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Ha! I love a mint slice! Or a tim tam. Either or.

  2. Steph 7 years ago

    I would once have said a cigarette but now, having quit (yay!) I would definitely say cake. An cake is good, but perhaps my favourite is my mum’s middle eastern breadcrumb cake with coffee icing. I’d be more than willing to try your new creation though…

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Yay for quitting! That cake sounds awesome… I think coffee flavoured cake is the bomb.

  3. Sam Burns 7 years ago

    I love ice-cream and coffee. That hot and cold sensation, one scoop ice-cream (any flavour) followed by a sip of coffee. I guess I don’t have sensitive teeth hey?!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      I LOVE ice cream and coffee! Affagatto bitch here from way back.

  4. Victoria Devine 7 years ago

    Since making them on the weekend I would have to say GeddyMatt’s salted caramels…….ah -mazing. Thanks for the recipe!!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh yay! You made them! Were they amazing? I made for the Christmas Day and my family PLOWED through them. They were squirelling them away for later. It got quite ugly.

  5. Tahlia Meredith 7 years ago

    My parents used to own a cafe and my stepdad made the perfect coffee’s-friend biscuits – shortbready type things with hazelnut butter and espresso icing – a great pairing because they weren’t too sweet. Yum!

  6. Sarah N Tim Knopke 7 years ago

    Caramel Slice Crumble … delicious and so rich you can go halvies with a friend and still be satisfied!!!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      What is this Caramel Slice Crumble you speak of? Do you buy it or make it?

  7. Anna 7 years ago

    I love my mother’s horse shoe almond cookies which remind me of being home. It’s also a traditional Christmas cookie and so easy to do for last minute guests. Although no one makes it quite like her.

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      They sound amazing! Are they those ones that aren’t too sweet? I have a feeling I like them a lot. 🙂

      • Anna 7 years ago

        Yes those are the ones. I once misplaced the recipe and tried the Martha Stewart version they are far too sweet. It’s funny I mentioned the cookies , my mum baked a giant box for me for Christmas.

  8. RossS12 7 years ago

    A view of the Eiffel tower!

    I’ve only managed to have this treat a few times but I enjoyed it greatly when I did.

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Ah! Paris! Yes that certainly would be a treat!

  9. Micher 7 years ago

    My favorite treat would be to have one of my children (they both live in other States) enjoying coffee with me.

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh that’s gorgeous! My mum would be the same!

  10. Emma Rowland 7 years ago

    My Greek grandad was a pastry chef who used to get up at about 4am to bake every morning. Which would have sucked, so he consoled himself by finishing his day at 11am with a very strong coffee, mini cigar and loukoumades (those little Greek doughnuts soaked in honey syrup). This combination, ideally with my grandad, would be the perfect coffee by far 🙂

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh I love this answer! For both the biscuits and the grand dad. x

  11. Fifi 7 years ago

    I don’t have a home machine any more since it was permanently ‘borrowed’ by a family member, so I get my coffee out. My local does have these amazing house-made pistachio brownies which I drool over, but by far my favourite treat with coffee is the ubiquitous hot Melbourne barista with sleeve tatts. One of those to have at home would be delish. X

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Ha! Love it! Nothing like a tattoed to pretty boy on the side!

  12. Erin Biglia 7 years ago

    Lindt chocolate! I was vegan for seven years, so this was the first year I was able to realise why the inlaws went crazy for those lindt bunnies at Easter time.

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Lindt chocolate is the BEST! I usually get the dark but I got the milk for a treat the other and holy bananas that was amazing!

  13. Amanda 7 years ago

    I love enjoying a nice piece of chocolate with my coffee, whether it’s dark or milk, doesn’t matter to me! Just enhances the flavor in my opinion.

    • Amanda 7 years ago

      Also IM not sure if i should leave my email or not but its floatingpyramids at gmail dot com

      • Amanda 7 years ago

        Oh woops. I dont live in Australia anymore (as of 3months ago) disregard this comment 🙁

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          Smaggle 7 years ago

          Oh bugger! Sorry about that! Where are you living now?

  14. Elisha 7 years ago

    An almond croissant from Sonoma’s Bakery!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Where is Sonoma’s Bakery? Is that in Sydney?

      • Kim-Marie Williams 7 years ago

        Glebe Point Road in Sydney but I think there’s a couple around? You can get their bread from lots of different markets and shops.

  15. Aprilahh 7 years ago

    Imagine this.

    A slightly sweet hazelnut coffee beside a plate wth two slices of Vegemite and avocado on toast. The zesty taste of the Vegemite combined with the deliciously smooth texture and subtle flavour of the avocado – pop that on a slice of crunchy seeded toast and you are in heaven.

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh shut up. You just RUINED me. I won’t be able to sleep until I get that exact thing.

  16. HumbirdsSong 7 years ago

    After being a tea drinker for 32 years, my friend was on a mission to convert me to coffee, beginning with a Mocha. Every morning before we drove to work we would stop at Maccas and we would grab a coffee and one of their Macaroons. Now, without fail, I always associate coffee with Maccas Macaroons, even those weird apple pie flavoured ones. Best treat ever!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      You HAVE to get on coffee. We successfully converted a friend last year and now she’s a FIEND!

  17. Nessbow 7 years ago

    Mmmm, my favourite treat to have with coffee is a decadent slice of lemon tart. So delicious!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Lemon tart! I totally forgot those existed!

  18. Belle Atkins 7 years ago

    Seeing as summer is in full swing, my favourite thing to have with coffee at the moment is ice! My morning routine now includes making a delicious and simple iced coffee with expresso, ice and cold milk. YUM!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh yum! I’ll totally do that tomorrow morning!

  19. Kim-Marie Williams 7 years ago

    My favourite thing to have with coffee is Me Time! My daily routine involves a morning coffee directly after the Manic Antics of the school dropoff. Sometimes I grab a takeaway, sometimes I chat with friends, sometimes I just sit by myself and savour it, sometimes I indulge in a little flirtatious banter with my barista.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love school holidays and hanging out my little dude, Boyo. But … I do miss that daily 10 minutes to myself!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      I did that this morning! I usually go through emails etc but this morning I just sat and drank my coffee. Bliss!

  20. Pip Lincolne 7 years ago

    Can I say apricot balls? I love apricot balls. I love them because a) they have condensed milk in them b) they have condensed milk in them and c) they have condensed milk in them. Also they are fruity. And they are BALLS. What could be better?! Apricot balls for the win.

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      My Dad would sell his soul for apricot balls! Good choice. And yes. All things are good with condensed milk in them!

  21. Beck 7 years ago

    My favourite treat to have with a caramel flavoured pod coffee is a good old scotch finger, only after the gym of course, under rated in my opinion 🙂

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Scotch finger? Really? I’d have to be preeeetty desperate to eat one of those but you know, each to their own! 🙂

      • Beck 7 years ago

        Simple needs………… Sometimes 😉

  22. Sherry 7 years ago

    My fav treat to have with my coffee is vegemite + avocado on sourdough toast! Nothing better than tea + toast 🙂

  23. Loookeski 7 years ago

    Plenty of milk and a splash of whisky (usually Macquarrie malt blend – it’s very affordable so it isn’t a tragedy to mix it, yet it’s also quite drinkable) on a cool day off.

    • Loookeski 7 years ago

      Ideally combined with some peace, quiet and a good book, I might add.

      • Loookeski 7 years ago

        Aww, heck. And some chocolate…

  24. crumpetsryum 7 years ago

    Nothing beats a good, old fashioned scotch finger biscuit to dip in

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      So many scotch finger lovers! They’re definitely low on my list. 🙂

  25. Kate 7 years ago

    Ok, a really thick slice of banana bread, toasted, with proper butter, not margarine!! Banana brwad and coffee are best friends. And if I could be watching old eps of Veronica Mars at the same time without my husband making fun of it’s dodgyness the whole time, that would be a bonus!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Ha! Nice one! My man came home the other day to find Ghost Whisperer on the frozen screen on Netflix. He paid me out for HOURS!

  26. Cassandra Lawler 7 years ago

    A slice of heaven in my opinion 🙂 cinnamon scrolls with butter cream frosting, simply delectable! and perfectly matched to a nice strong yet bitter coffee, this is the sweet tid bit that goes perfect!

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      Smaggle 7 years ago

      Oh god yes! I should figure out how to make the scrolls gluten free!

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