Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Every year I look for something a bit different to serve to guests that pop in over the holidays. I want desserts that are festive and tasty and easy to make. This Cranberry Upside Down cake is perfect!

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Cranberry Topping:

  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 C of unsalted  butter
  • 1 bag of fresh  cranberries


  • 1¾ C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1½ C sugar
  • ½ C unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3  eggs, room temp
  • ½ C Greek yogurt
  • ¼ C  whole milk
  • Pam baking spray
  • 9-inch cake pan with a 2-inch high sides.

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Topping Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep cake pan with Pam spray.
-Combine  the  butter and  brown sugar into a small sauce pan.
-Using medium heat,  continue to stir the sugar as the butter melts. Mix well.
-Stop stirring once the butter and brown sugar have blended.
-Allow the mixture simmer for  around 15 seconds.
-Spoon that  mixture into the cake pan.
-Spread the cranberries on top of the  mixture.

Cake Directions:

-Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
-Use  an electric mixer beat the butter until light in another bowl.
-Slowly  add  in the sugar, beating  the sugar and butter until fluffy.
-Beat in the eggs one at a time.
-Gradually mix in a third of the dry ingredients into the sugar, butter and egg mixture.
-Mix in half of the yogurt. Fold in the second third of the dry ingredients. Add in the rest of the yogurt.
-Scoop in the rest of the dry ingredients and then pour in the milk, mixing well to blend.
-Spoon the batter over the cranberries in the cake pan, and using a spatula smooth the surface of the batter.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
-Place the cake on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
-Using a knife around the inside rim of the cake pan to loosen the cake from the sides of the pan.
-Place a cake over the cake side of the pan.  Flip it over and carefully move it onto a cake platter.

Do you think this is something your guests would enjoy?


  1. I want this NOW. Yum!

  2. This looks absolutely delicious!!!!!

  3. My dad picks fresh cranberries each year and this would be a super recipe for this 🙂

  4. I may give this a try for the holidays

  5. Mmm, love cranberries! Cannot wait to try this.

  6. Thanks for sharing a great recipe, I’m going to make this for Christmas and surprise everyone with something different!!

  7. Oh, yes! This is on my absolutely going to make list!

  8. I love using cranberries in baking, Their tartness goes so nicely with the sweetness of whatever you’re baking. I love cranberries added to banana bread.

  9. OK this looks amazing! Yum!

  10. Has anyone used a springform pan to make this? I typically have bad luck getting cakes to come out of pans.

  11. Susan Patterson says

    This looks so delicious and festive! It would make a perfect dessert for friends and family! Thank you!

  12. This is such a lovely festive looking cake.I think it would taste very moist and delicious.

  13. This looks so good. I bet it packs a lot of flavour.

  14. kathy downey says

    Thanks,i cant wait to make this!

  15. Elva Roberts says

    I think guests would enjoy this. To make sure they do, I would add a dollop of dream whip or nutriwhip. That would take away from the tartness of the Cranberries, which I love.

  16. This looks so deliciously moist and it looks very festive for this time of year.Wow! This is going to be at my Christmas dinner for sure.

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