Orange and Cranberry Upside Down Cake

This cake is a great way to showcase cranberries. It pairs sweet and sticky caramelized cranberries and orange marmalade with a moist and buttery cake. Crème Anglaise or sweetened whipped cream is a perfect accompaniment to this mildly tart dessert.

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40 grams unsalted butter, cubed
135grams packed light brown sugar
275 grams fresh or frozen cranberries
20 grams orange marmalade


175 grams all-purpose flour
50 grams coarse grind cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
120 grams unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature
150 grams granulated sugar
Grated zest of two (2) large oranges
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
125 milliliters whole milk, at room temperature

Melt the 4 tablespoons of butter, the brown sugar and orange marmalade together in a pan, stirring frequently, until the sugar is moistened and liquefied. When the mixture starts to bubble, remove from heat and set the pan aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Spread the brown sugar, butter and marmalade mixture evenly over the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan; arrange cranberries on top.

With an electric mixer (or by hand), cream remaining butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, vanilla and orange zest; beat until well combined.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk, until well combined.

Spread the batter over cranberries in pan in four mounds, and use a spatula to spread the batter evenly over the cranberries.

Place pan on a baking sheet; bake cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Let the cake cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

Run a knife around edge of cake. Place a serving platter overturned on top of the cake pan, flip the two over simultaneously, until the cake releases from the pan onto the platter.

This cake is best served shortly after baking, while it’s still warm or at room temperature.

This recipe can serve 6-8 people.

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