Monday, November 21, 2011

A Jewel of an Upside-Down Cake and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

This is a jewel of a treat during the holidays.  I always stash an extra bag of cranberries away for last minute dessert.   It goes together quickly.

I send it to you along with very best wishes to you and your dear ones for a safe, healthy and delicious Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Upside Down Cake-Gourmet Magazine 1980 with no tweaking from me that I can recall

Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch round cake pan with three tbsp softened unsalted butter.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar evenly over the bottom of the pan and arrange a 12 ounce (because it is no longer a pound bag) of fresh cranberries evenly over the sugar.

3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange zest

Beat the above ingredients together until fluffy.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp  baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Sift the above ingredients together

Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, 1/2 cup at a time alternating with 1/2 cup of milk until just combined.

Pour the batter over the cranberries and carefully smooth out.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 1 hour--until browned on top.

Let rest in the pan on a rack for 20 minutes.

Run a knife around the edges and unmold onto a platter.



  1. Ohhh...Yum! Thanks. What a nice presentation.

  2. PERFECT for my Evan! He LOVES cranberries! Thank you so much, Bonnie. I wish you and all of yours a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and laughter and good food! ;) blessings and hugs ~ tanna

    ps the journey begins today. thank you for your prayers for safe travel. much appreciated. xoxo

  3. Oh wow. Lovely presentation and it DOES look like a jewel. I always buy extra bags of cranberries too.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too.

  4. i hope my drooling does not short out my keyboard. it sounds wonderful and looks really pretty and festive.

  5. What a lovely cake! It does look like a jewel perfect for your table. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. oh my this looks amazing!

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  8. It's gorgeous..
    And a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours~

  9. Wow! That looks insanely delicious. How could you make that ahead of time and not devour the whole thing before company arrived! That is a last minute dessert for sure! LOL! Awesome recipe

  10. This is a perfect choice for the big feast. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  11. What a beautiful Thanksgiving day dessert! We will definitely be trying this luscious recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Bonnie.

  12. I guess you could use almost any fruit spread on the bottom. It looks super delicious! Happy Thanksgiving to you. xx

  13. Look amazing! I love cranberries, beautiful! gloria

  14. Pretty Pretty Pretty, I would love a nice slice.

  15. Bonnie,
    This looks so simple and delicious and colorful. Perfect.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  16. I think this is the perfect epilogue to a perfect Thanksgiving meal Bonnie! Beautiful sweet!

  17. Wow, that looks absolutely delicious. I'm going to print that out to try. Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  18. Absolutely beautiful, love the great color! Happy Thanksgiving Week-enjoy:@)

  19. Looks delicious, friend! Are you serving it? You also have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Oh, definitely, this is a recipe I'm "pinning." I have several bags of cranberries in my freezer...they are ready and waiting for a yummy dessert like this.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


  21. I'm sure you didn't have to alter it, after all it is a Gourmet recipe ;) I have never had to change a thing in their recipes. Very pretty cake!

  22. WOW, that is all I would want to eat, heck with the turkey and sides. Just pass me the cake and move away slowly.

    I do hope you have a wonderful safe Thanksgiving.

  23. wow! I've never seen an upside cake like this!!
    love reading your blog :)
    -mini baker

  24. Love the idea of this one! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

  25. I love the line 'and no tweaking that I can recall' :)

    It looks delicious and I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving too!

  26. Looks yummy!
    Have a wonderful holiday.


  27. Beautiful! And it sounds easy too- just the kind of recipe I like. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

  28. What a treasure of a recipe. It looks delicious and would quickly disappear from my table. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

  29. What a gorgeous cake! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

  30. This really looks too pretty to eat! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and we see and hear all about it!

  31. I think it beautiful and would love it on my table!

  32. What a simply beautiful holiday cake. Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you are having a relaxing weekend with family and good food. Many blessings this week, my friend!


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