Monday, September 13, 2010

TWD Cranberry Upside-Downer


It is easy to get stuck in a 'baking rut'. I have always liked to try new recipes but I find myself repeating favorites because I know they are good. That's not a bad thing; but there are so many choices out there.  Thanks to TWD  I get to try new recipes; sometimes they are recipes that may not make it to the top of my ever growing 'list'. This was the case with Cranberry Upside-Downer chosen by Sabrina at Superfluous.


As the name implies this is an upside down cake. Pineapple upside down cake has never been too high on my dessert list. I just don't care for cooked, canned pineapple. But I love cranberries and cake so I was happy that we had weekend guests. I had cranberries in the freezer, all other ingredients are pretty standard. This came together quickly--I know because I watched my daughter make it. Often my guests help in the kitchen. Not only did Candise make this dessert she also made a delicious vegetable lasagna and whole wheat bread. I love to have my kids visit!


Dorie suggests serving this cake about 20 minutes out of the oven. We did as instructed and enjoyed a moist almond flavored cake with a pop of tart cranberry flavor. Nuts added more texture to the topping and whipped cream always adds goodness. It was a great dessert with enough variations for all. The only thing I might do different is make sure there is vanilla ice cream in the freezer.

26 comments:

Judy said...

Oh, it looks terrific! I used almond flavoring, too, and thought it was delicious. Ours disappeared too quickly, so no ice cream.

Peggy said...

Wow, what a masterpiece you made. Mine wasn't quite that pretty but oh so delicious. I wondered how the almond flavoring would be in this. I can't wait to make this one again.

Cakelaw said...

I love the look of this cranberrry version - superb job Cindy!

Becky said...

yours looks delicious! so much like the book.

i opted for the peach/raspberry combo, but can't wait to try the cranberry this fall!

Clivia said...

Yours looks gorgeous! And it's so nice to have help in the kitchen.

Flourchild said...

Yum it looks very fruity and tasty !! I used cherries!

theunappreciatedbaker said...

I love the bright color of the cranberries - glad everyone enjoyed it!

Paula said...

I love the solid cranberry color across the top. Looks just like Dorie's. I know what you mean by the ever growing list of favorites. My husband is starting to ask what happened to some of his old favorites because I'm always trying something new.

Anne said...

Oh this looks so pretty with the cranberries- wow! And what nice kitchen helpers to have!

LDH said...

A beautiful, colorful cake for sure! I was saving mine to serve for guests so I didn't get to enjoy the fresh out-of-the-oven cake. Guess I should make it again, right?

Pamela said...

Picture perfect!

Tia said...

you're right= this is so much better than pineapple upside down cake :) I did a White Peach version.

Valerie said...

Your daughter did an excellent job, the cake is beautiful! It looks like a large, edible ruby. :)

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

So bright & colorful!! I love it! :)

Jeannette said...

sounds perfect to warm up a slice and place a scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top to let it melt into the crevices!

its looks fab!

Charli said...

This was definitely one to add to the list--so beautiful with the cranberries on it! I bet it was great with whipped cream :)

Lynnylu said...

Lucky you with cranberries in your freezer and also, that your daughter is learning to cook! We ate ours plain, but a scoop of ice cream would have been divine.

Nichi said...

Wow that is a pretty cake!

TeaLady said...

Your daughter did a great job on this one. It looks divine. And ice cream would be perfect.

Criollobylisa said...

Your cake looks lovely! You can hold it up right next to the picture in the cookbook!

jillbert said...

It looks wonderful, especially with the whipped cream!

margot said...

Your cake looks spectacular! I hear you on the baking rut. I often wonder how many recipes I actually would have tried from "Baking" if it weren't for TWD. I probably would have just found a few favorites and made them all the time.

Katrina said...

Your cake looks perfect--just like in the book! Can't wait to try cranberries during the holidays!

Mary said...

I may have to make this again to have with ice cream, as it does sound like the perfect accompaniment. Great job!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

what a great looking cake! that red is intense and beautiful!

Kayte said...

I cannot wait to try this with the cranberries. When I made it there was nary a cranberry insight here in Indiana. Yours looks absolutely perfect.