This cake is perfectly Christmasy. It smells wonderful while it bakes and it tastes yummy too.
I found the recipe on a message board I frequent. The woman who posted it said it originally came from Fine Cooking Magazine. It’s easy to make.
Cranberry Upside Down Cake
- ½ lb. butter very soft
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen - at room temp. (if frozen, thaw, rinse, drain and dry them)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk at room temp.
- 2 large eggs at room temp.
- ⅔ cup sour cream at room temp.
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1¾ cups cake flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. baking soda
- Make sure the ingredients are at room temperature. I used White Lily flour the first time I made the cake (NOT the self-rising kind) and I thought it came out a bit less dense than the cake flour version, but both were good.
- Position the rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat it to 350°
- Lightly butter the sides and bottom of a 9" cake pan. (I don't have a 9" cake pan so I used a 10½" iron skillet. My friend used a springform pan.) You want the sides of the pan to be at least 2½" high.
- Put 1½ sticks of butter in a bowl.
- With a wooden spoon cream together the butter, sugar and one egg yolk.
- Switch to a whisk and mix in the additional eggs one at a time. Whisk until the sugar begins to dissolve and the batter is smooth.
- Whisk in the vanilla, sour cream and salt.
- Sift in the cake flour, baking powder and baking soda directly into the wet ingredients. I don't have a sifter so I just ran a fork through the flour mixture before adding it. Stir until all the ingredients are combined and the batter becomes satiny.
- Put the remaining 4 Tbs. of butter into the pan and set it in the oven to melt.
- Then mix the brown sugar and cinnamon into the butter. Spread this out as evenly as you can and put the rinsed and drained cranberries over the top.
- Spread the batter over the top of the cranberries and pop it into the oven.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool for 5-10 minutes and then dump it out on a plate.
Don’t forget to lick the sticky yummy stuff from the pan!