Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes Recipe

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Cornmeal gives this upside-down cake a unique texture. Apples, cranberries and pecan make a delicious alternative from the typical pineapple and cherries.—Margee Berry, Trout Lake, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cake with 3 tablespoons topping: 511 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the apples, brown sugar and lemon juice in butter over medium heat until apples are tender. Stir in cranberries and pecans. Place in six greased jumbo muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk, oil and egg. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour over apple mixture.
  3. Bake at 400° for 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Carefully run a knife around edges of cakes to loosen. Cool for 3 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sour cream and confectioners' sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Serve with warm cakes. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2011, p143

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