Cranberry Upside Down Cake

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READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
Recipe by SweetSueAl

From America's Test Kitchen e-mail. Their description said: This ruby-crowned cake is a visual stunner, with a delicate balance of sweet-tart cranberry topping and tender butter cake. But as with all upside-down cakes, the inverted preparation of this cake (the berries are baked on the bottom of the cake, then turned over to allow the berries to appear on top) can easily spell disaster. They needed a cake that was sturdy enough to support the fruit, and a topping that wouldn’t soak the cake or harden and stick the bottom of the pan. (Cook allows time for chilling topping and cooling cake)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the topping:
  2. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9-inch round cake pan, line with parchment paper round, and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add cranberries, sugar, and jam and cook until cranberries are just softened, about 4 minutes.
  4. Strain cranberry mixture over bowl, reserving juices.
  5. Add strained juices to empty skillet and simmer over medium heat until syrupy and reduced to 1 cup, about 4 minutes. Off heat, stir in vanilla.
  6. Arrange strained berries in single layer in prepared pan. Pour juice mixture over berries and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. For the cake:
  8. Process almonds and 1/4 cup flour in food processor until finely ground. Add remaining flour, baking powder, and salt and pulse to combine.
  9. Whisk milk and extracts in measuring cup.
  10. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  11. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, until combined.
  12. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of milk mixture.
  13. Using clean bowl and beaters, beat egg whites on medium-high speed until they hold soft peaks, about 2 minutes.
  14. Whisk one-third of whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.
  15. Pour batter over chilled cranberry mixture and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
  16. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes, then run paring knife around cake and invert onto serving plate.
  17. Serve.

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