Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake Recipe
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Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake Recipe

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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
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:
8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 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 large 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.
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 in 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.
Originally published as Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p151

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 742 calories, 43g fat (22g saturated fat), 180mg cholesterol, 318mg sodium, 85g carbohydrate (63g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

  • 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 large 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon over pecan layer. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.
  4. 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.
Originally published as Cherry Pecan Upside-Down Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p151

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