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Cranberry Upside Down Cake

This Cranberry Upside Down Cake is my favorite way to eat cranberries! The normal tartness becomes gloriously sweet when made in this mouthwatering cake. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple upside down cake, cranberries, cranberry butter, cranberry cake, cranberry upside down cake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Rachel


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 stick of butter, salted

Cranberry Mixture Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 stick butter, salted
  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine brown sugar, butter and maple syrup in a small pot and stir continuously until the butter has melted.
  • Add the cranberries and cinnamon and let the mixture simmer for at least 10 minutes. Continue stirring frequently.
  • While the cranberries cook down combine your dry ingredients for the cake in a separate bowl.
  • Add the butter, milk, sour cream and eggs and mix well. I use a hand mixer but you can also use a stand mixer.
  • Last add the cinnamon and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  • Butter a 9-inch, round cake pan. Make sure you coat the sides well.
  • Add your cranberry mixture to the bottom of the pan. Tap it lightly a few times on the counter so that you can even it out.
  • Add your cake batter on top of it and again even out the batter.
  • Put the cake in the oven for 50 minutes and then check it. You might need another 10 minutes to cook it through the center.
  • Once the cake is done let it cool completely. Then run a knife around the sides of the pan to make sure the cake isn’t sticking to it.
  • Add a plate or cake stand to the top of the cake and then flip it. Just get help if you plan to use a cake stand.
  • If it doesn't come out of the pan perfectly and you're missing some cranberries at the top, top it off with some extra cranberry sauce.