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Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake

 Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake
Cherries are a terrific take on traditional pineapple upside-down cake. The crowning touch on each piece is the creamy, cheesy topping.—Eleanor Froehlich, Rochester, Michigan
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pitted dark sweet cherries, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • CAKE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Pour butter into an ungreased 9-in. round baking pan; sprinkle with
  • brown sugar. Arrange cherries in a single layer over brown sugar;
  • top with pecans.

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Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add
  • eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the
  • creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each
  • addition.
  • Spoon over pecan layer. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a
  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10
  • minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  • For topping, in a large bowl, beat cream and cheese until it begins
  • to thicken. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and extracts; beat
  • until stiff peaks form. Serve with cake. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice with 2 tablespoons topping equals 742 calories, 43 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 180 mg cholesterol, 318 mg sodium, 85 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein.