Recipe by Connie K
This is a holiday dessert that sparkles! It looks elegant, and tastes delicious. From 'A Passion for Desserts'.
Top Review by Saguaro
Great recipe.Definitely a keeper.A delicious fairly easy alternative to the usual holiday desserts.I didn't bother with the Chantilly cream,and we had it while still a bit warm.I think because I may have undercooked it slightly and the fact that I served it warm both may have contributed to "not so neat" slices.I was going to post it myself,but I see you beat me to it.Thanks!
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted.
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line the bottom of a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the brown sugar and whisk until smooth.
- Pour the brown sugar into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cranberries and pecans; place them in the pan over the brown sugar mixture.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, and oil.
- In another bowl, sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
- Carefully spread the batter over the cranberry pecan topping.
- Bake the cake until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
- Place a large plate or platter on top of the cake.
- Invert the cake and plate together, then remove the pan.
- Carefully peel off the parchment paper.
- Let cool completely before serving.
- Serve with Chantilly Cream, optionally.
- For Chantilly Cream: Whisk the cream, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until soft peaks form.
- The cream should hold its shape but still be satiny in appearance.
- It should never be grainy.