Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Even though the turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving dinner, my favorite part is always the sides and the desserts.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Since I’m not much of a pie person, I like to have at least one cake for Thanksgiving.

This cranberry upside down cake is a great option for Thanksgiving dessert. It is very easy to put together and is a yummy combination of sweet and tart.

The cake itself is a sweet vanilla cake. It’s topped with a buttery brown sugar cranberry topping. The cranberries in the topping bake down to an almost cranberry-sauce consistency and are so delicious with the cake!

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author i heart eating



  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 F.
  2. Put butter in 9-inch round cake pan, and place it in the oven while the oven preheats. Leave it in there until it melts (keep an eye on it, though).

  3. Once butter has melted, sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the pan.
  4. Arrange cranberries in an even layer over the brown sugar. Set aside.
  5. To make the cake, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  6. In another bowl, using an electric mixer (either hand or stand), beat together the butter and granulated sugar on until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. Add the vanilla and buttermilk; mix well.
  9. Add the flour mixture, and stir until just incorporated.
  10. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  11. Add the cream of tartar, and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  12. Gently fold the whites into the batter.
  13. Carefully pour the batter over the cranberries in the cake pan.
  14. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  15. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes.
  16. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake.
  17. Invert onto a serving plate, let stand for 5 minutes, and then lift off the pan.

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  • Reply
    Jen Bedford
    November 19, 2017 at 3:52 am

    What size baking pan did you use?

    • Reply
      November 19, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks for the question! I used a 9-inch round cake pan.

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