Upside Down Cranberry Cake


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Thanksgiving without a Cranberry Cake is almost incomplete, don't you think? Of course, you could bake a simple cake and drizzle it with cranberry sauce, or instead, you could bake this beautiful Upside-Down Cranberry Cake that will surely be the highlight of your Thanksgiving Dinner! With a touch of all-spice adding to the festive Fall mood, and a layer of slivered almonds & shredded coconut splashed on the sides of the cake to add the perfect crunch to the mushy cranberries, this traditional Cranberry Upside-Down Cake is a lovely addition to your holiday table! But use any fruit that you like, Pears, Plums, Apples, Peaches or Pineapples - this basic recipe for upside down cake can be used to bake any fruit cake that you please!

I'm sending this beautiful cake over to Susan who's collecting "Shiny & Glittery" desserts for this month's edition of Sugar High Fridays! And it also goes to my friend DK who's hosting AWED - American treats this month.

Ingredients
Makes an 8-9 inch cake

8 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 tspn allspice
2 cups cranberries
1 large egg
1 tspn vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tspn baking powder
1/4 tspn salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup white frosting (optional)
3/4 cup slivered almonds (optional)

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the center. Rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan with 2 tablespoons butter.

In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup sugar with the allspice. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over bottom of pan; arrange cranberries in a single layer on the top and spread them out.

With an electric mixer, cream remaining 6 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until well combined.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk, until well combined.

Spoon the batter over the cranberries in the pan and smooth the top. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Let it cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake, then invert onto a rimmed platter. If you would like to add some slivered almonds or shredded coconut on the sides, apply a real thin layer of frosting (crumb coat) on the sides and slap the toppings onto it.

Before serving, add some fresh cranberry sauce on the top of the cake to give it that fresh shine and glitter! Serve the delicious and ravishing red Cranberry Upside-Down Cake as the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, and may you have a great time with friends and family! Have a great holiday weekend!

Related Recipes
Spiced Upside-Down Plum Cake
Mini Pineappple Upside-Down Cake
Layered Chocolate Cake with White Cream Frosting


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32 comments :

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely,and coconut would have added the crucnh to the cake.Looks lovely and sweety spicy

Uma said...

Wow, the cake looks fabulous! Mouth-watering just by the look of it!

Manggy said...

I love how the cranberries have turned juicy and syrupy! Beautiful UD-cake! :)

Rachel said...

decadent!!!

DEESHA said...

that cake really looks delish :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Cranberry cake looks great and right dessert for the right season

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

This is a delicious looking recipe. Had you posted it sooner, I would have made it a serious contender for my own T-day dinner, but I have my menu set now.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving.

Happy cook said...

WOw this is a beautiful and elicious cake.

Gopi Shah said...

Cake is looking perfect and yummy!!! I need one slice right now

Soma said...

WOOOOO... looks stunning!

Jayashree said...

Ooooh...that looks so good. Love the lovely red shade of the cranberries.

Priya said...

Wat a Colourful cake...lovely n delicious..

Mansi said...

Thanks so much people, for your wonderful feedback! The trick to the juicy red layer is to pour some fresh sauce on the cake right before serving, so it glistens and shines!:)

hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

Rachel - there's always a next time:) I'm sure your current T-day menu would be equally beautiful:)

again, thanks a bunch for your generous compliments! makes me make more beautiful recipes every time:)

Dragon said...

The perfect holiday cake! Wow!

Vegetation said...

Wow, that cake is just beautiful!

Flug said...

On my son´s birthday i´ve baked this Cranberry cake, and he love it! I think now he want that i bake this cake every year for him. I think it would become a family tradition ;)
Special thanks

Sharmi said...

hello madam, How are you? lovely cake for holidays. how was your trip to India?

DK said...

This is indeed shiny and delicious looking cake. Luv cranberry's - thanks for sending them my way for AWED :)

Maya said...

A lovely seasonal cake.

Katie said...

I have been DYING to make a ranberry upside down cake for a few weeks now but never found the perfect one...until now. I LOVE the addition of coconut!!

PatriCa BB said...

WoW.. LOOKS really good !

Astra Libris said...

Your cake is so beautiful! Even though it's after thanksgiving, I think I'm going to fix this tonight - it's the perfect way to use up our leftover fresh cranberries! Thank you for the gorgeous recipe!

Nazarina A said...

Just beautiful for Christmas! Cranberries and that little bit of all spice makes this delight a winner in my books

Cris said...

It looks divine! I just wish we had cranberries here :-( Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Mine was good! xoxo

duodishes said...

That does sound delish. Guess upside down cakes aren't just for pineapples anymore!

Cooking with Beth said...

Love it

Jude said...

Looks awesome.. The tartness of the cranberries must be so great with the sweet cake. Yum.

Anna said...

Looks to good to eat! Makes your mouth water just looking at it! Great photo!

Susan said...

So gorgeous and festive!

Thanks very much, Mansi, for sharing your recipe for SHF November!

Stephanie said...

Yum! This could be a great way to get the cranberries on the table for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing.

PartyBabble.com said...

I have been spending the break looking for cranberry ideas for a fall/winter party. Thanks for the perfect cake!

cajunlicious said...

Wow, this looks great! Love your blog! Came it blog on foodbuzz & am a new follower!
- Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com