Cranberry Upside Downer Cake Recipe

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Time: 70 minutes



  1. all-purpose flour
  2. baking powder
  3. ground cinnamon
  4. salt
  5. unsalted butter
  6. sugar
  7. walnuts
  8. cranberries
  9. eggs
  10. vanilla extract
  11. whole milk
  12. red currant jelly


  1. center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350f put a 8x2 inch round cake pan on a baking sheet
  2. whisk together the flour , baking powder , salt and cinnamon
  3. melt 6 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan
  4. sprinkle in 6 tablespoons sugar and cook , stirring , until the mixture comes to a boil
  5. pour this evenly over the bottom of the cake pan , then scatter over the nuts and top with the cranberries , smoothing the layer and pressing it down gently with your finger
  6. set aside
  7. working with a stand mixer , preferably fitted with a paddle attachment , or with a hand mixer in a large bowl , beat the remaining stick of butter on medium speed until smooth
  8. add the remaining 1 / 2 cup of sugar and continue to beat until pale and creamy , about 3 minutes
  9. add the eggs one at a time , beating for 1 minute after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed
  10. pour in the vanilla
  11. reduce the mixer speed to low and add half of the dry ingredients , mixing only until they disappear into the batter
  12. mix in the milk , then the rest of the dry ingredients
  13. spoon the batter over the cranberries and smooth the top with a rubber spatula
  14. bake for 40-45 minutes , or until the cake is golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean
  15. remove it from the oven and run a blunt knife between the sides of the pan and the cake
  16. carefully turn the cake out onto a serving platter
  17. if any of the berries stick to the pan-as they might-just scrape them off with a table knife and return them to the cake
  18. if you want the glaze , warm the jelly in a small saucepan over low heat , or in a microwave
  19. gently brush the glaze over the hot cake
  20. let the cake cool at least 20 minutes before serving

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