Pumpkin-Cherry Upside-Down Cake

For a fresh take on dessert, try this cake recipe that combines cranberries, pumpkin, and vanilla.

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Makes:
12 servings
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
30 mins to 35 mins 350°F
Cool:
5 mins
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Pumpkin-Cherry Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients
1
10 ounce jar cherry preserves
1
cup dried cranberries
1/3
cup butter
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
cup shortening
1 1/4
cups sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
1/2
cup canned pumpkin
3/4
cup buttermilk or sour milk*

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine cherry preserves, dried cranberries, and the 1/3 cup butter. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the 1/4 cup butter and the shortening. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Carefully spread batter over preserve mixture in pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  4. Carefully invert onto a large serving platter; remove foil. Spoon any preserves mixture remaining on the foil onto cake. Serve warm. Makes 12 servings.

From the Test Kitchen

*Test Kitchen Tip:

To make 3/4 cup sour milk, place 2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 3/4 cup total liquid; stir. Let stand for 5 minutes before using.

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