Monday, December 19, 2011

Cranberry Upside Down Cake - Dorie Greenspan

Since the day I bought those fresh cranberries from Tesco, I have been itching to bake this cake - Cranberrry Upside Down Cake from Dorie's book " Baking: From My Home To Yours "   and last Saturday I had the opportunity to bake this wonderful cake for my Piggy Cuz.  This cake is rich and moist with cranberries and nuts ....a cake to die for and I told Piggy Cuz this is truly a seasonal cake and I am going to bake another one for her birthday comes January 2012 :)))) I have one more packet left of these fresh cranberries in the freezer and I think this cake deserves another round of cranberries !  The next cranberry season I will stash more of these fresh cranberries so that I can have them all year round.  

This is my christmas present for Piggy Cuz :)  this is the only thing that is priceless , a cake that she can't get any where :)  I know self praise is no praise but when I received this sms from her , it read as ..........

" Compliments 2 the chef !  Yr cranberry nutty cake's FANTABOLOUS!!! simply amazing ! We r LOVING it ! All of us indulging in it after main meal now! Yum! Thank u!  "    

I do need compliments once in a while :p , if I am to say, nope I don't need compliments , I am lying ! It is encouraging when readers and friends leave me nice to read comments.. :)  I am not hinting here :p , seriously it makes my day when I receive smses like this from people whom I gave them my bakes :p  I love feed backs good or bad.  This recipe is taken from Dorie's Baking From My Home To Yours  and this is the first cake I baked from the book . Love this book to bits and I shall be baking more from her book.  This recipe is slightly different from the rest of upside down cakes.  Instead of sprinkling sugar at the base or applying a caramel base, this recipe involved  cooking the butter and sugar together and this butter sugar caramel gave the cake a nice fragrant...seriously, this cake is  to die for ! You can replace fresh cranberries with other fresh berries that you can find that is in season .  

Okay for the time being DROOL as much as you want....

Cranberry Upside Down Cake - Dorie Greenspan - Baking: From My Home To Yours

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 sticks (14 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup minus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups of cranberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, do not thaw)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup red currant jelly, for glazing the cake

1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350F. Put an 8x2-inch round cake pan on a baking sheet 

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

3. Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in a small saucepan. Sprinkle in 6 tablespoons of the sugar and cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Pour the mixture evenly over the bottom of the cake pan, then scatter the nuts over the mixture and top with the cranberries, smoothing the layer and pressing it down with a rubber spatula.

4. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the remaining stick (8 tablespoons) of butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and continue to beat until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Pour in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add half of the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear into the batter. Mix in the milk, then the rest of the dry ingredients. Spoon the batter over the cranberries and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.

5. Bake for 40-45 minutes (35-40 for a 9-inch pan), or until the cake is golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and run a blunt knife between the sides of the pan and the cake. Carefully turn the cake out onto a serving platter. If any of the berries stick to the pan, just scrape them off and return them to the cake.

6. Warm the jelly in a small saucepan over low heat, or in the microwave. Gently brush the glaze over the hot cake.

to all my readers, Doristas and blogger friends
celebrating Christmas.
Have a swell Christmas with
your family and friends.

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  1. Pretty cake with tons of fresh cranberries. Merry Christmas to you and family.

  2. mm.. very generous on the cranberries. hehe there are still cranberries in the stores.. go get more :)

  3. Yummy Bakes....yea love cranberries...Merry Xmas to you and family too :)

    Swee San...there are none in Ipoh :( but I will be KL on 24 and 25th. Will lug back if there are any left :)))

  4. Haha. I can personally attest to the deliciousness of this :)

  5. Oooh... I love cranberries, your cake looks so fabulous and festive. Hope I can still find fresh cranberries in the market.
    Merry X'mas Elin :)

  6. Bookmarked immediately, I still have a bag of cranberry in the freezer. Thanks for sharing.

  7. are the lucky Piggy to get to taste this deliciousness :)

    Anncoo...yea hopefully you get some fresh ones for this wonderful cake. You will love it ! :) Same to you..have a swell Christmas with your family :)

    Sonia...yea I remember you bought a packet of it and not knowing what to do with will love this cake and great for Christmas :)

  8. Lovely cake, i can make use of my frozen cranberries now to make this.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. hi Elin, i really appreciate you for posting Dorie's recipe since i dont hv her bk. Do you think the cake will taste as good if i dont glaze it? if i dont hv the red currant jelly to glaze, what kind i jam can u suggest to use for glazing?

  10. 1. may i know why put the cake pan on a baking sheet? can i omit the baking sheet if it serves no purpose?
    2. must i greased the cake pan first?
    i hope there is no typo error in this recipe cos i hope to bake this for my grandma for Christmas.
    Elin, thk u very much for this recipe :)

  11. the title caught my interest. Lovely cake

  12. Such a delicious treat to nibble on while waiting for Santa:)
    Merry Christmas Elin!

  13. Thank you once again for my Christmas present! The cranberry upside-down cake was Absolutely Delicious! We finished the entire cake in the blink of an eye and I know everyone really wanted more! Thanks again and wishing you and your family - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Cheers! Oink oink!

    Piggy Cuz

  14. Sem...yesss...straight from the freezer to the baking pan. Do not thaw the cranberries.

    May...I forgot to mention that mine was without the glaze. I dont have the red currant jelly to glaze. It tasted good , just that the appearance doesnt have the shine on it :)

    Belle....I just place my baking pan on the oven rack , so I omitted the baking sheet :) You can just grease the side of the baking pan coz the base has the butter sugar caramel so it won't stick. You are welcome to the recipe and no typing error :)

    Kathy..thanks :)

    Roxana..thanks , same to you too :)

    Piggycuz...thank you for your kind and encouraging more coming in January, kept some fresh cranberries for you :) you too have a joyous Xmas, I will be joining the kids in KL this year. See you when I am back :)

  15. Wow, I've never seen a cranberry upside down cake before. This is fantastic! and so festive and colorful! I think I'll go buy myself an extra pack of cranberries to freeze just so I can make this after all the holiday hoohah is over.

  16. Oooo.... this was the one you told me about.
    Absolutely stunning. Why la, why didn't u submit this to Swee San.

    BTW, I love ur pan... now I want to go find this pan the next time I go to Ipoh's baking supply stores.

  17. Ping...yea you should try cousin and Piggy Joanna sing praises of this cake :) but seriously it is darn good. You will love it for sure !

    Wendy....yesss,this is the cake I was telling you and Lena. Delicious !!! haha forgotten about this recipe coz I was excited with the bowtie cookies . I just want to support Swee San not really to win. I won adi last year so give other people a chance lo :) I challenge you to try eating cranberries next is nice and you will love it :) Okay..promise ?

    The 8" diameter tube pan , I bought it many years ago from Wah Seng :)

  18. Gorgeous cake, Elin!!! It's worth another round next month :)

    Merry Christmas to you, too, my friend! And wishes for a most happy new year~

  19. Shirley :) yea it is !

    Lizzy....:) yup will be making one more in January. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you too :)

  20. beautiful and am very sure it taste so good! i hv to bookmark yet another cranberry recipe first.:)

  21. Wow that cranberry cake looks so moist and good! Yum! Will try it next time when i find fresh cranberries! Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family Elin!!

  22. Lena...yea it sure does taste yummy try it the next time you get some fresh cranberries :)

    Bee Bee....thanks ..same to you too. Have a swell time with your family this festive season :)

  23. This sounds yummy. I made a very similar upside down cake with cranberries but also with pears - which was really good. I like that it is different from traditional Christmas cake but still seasonal and a bit special!

  24. Hi, may I know whether the cranberries taste sour n tart? I have some frozen ones in my freezer n still hesitating whether to use them in baking cos when I taste them, they taste sour n tart. Is it mine tt taste like tt or all cranberries are like tt? Thanks for advise.

  25. Hi Anon....slightly sourish and tart if you eat it fresh but people seldom eat them as it is, but since there is a layer of caramel at the bottom of the pan, the sugar sort of make it lesser sour and tart. Great taste once it is cooked. Cranberries cannot be eaten fresh actually unless you want to make it into a juice drink. Cook with sugar to make cranberries jam and compote. Hope this helps.