Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Upside Down Cake

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Thanksgiving is all about the food. And football. And family. And friends. It doesn’t get much better than that.

This cake can make Thanksgiving even better for you. I made this the other night and I had to literally put it away so I wouldn’t eat the whole thing. It’s absolutely amazing. It combines all my favorite Thanksgiving flavors with the pumpkin cake topped with a caramel/pecan/cranberry topping. And it is one of the easiest desserts to make ever. If you need a dessert for Thanksgiving, definitely give this a shot.

We loved it so much I will be making it again. Twice in one week. I never repeat recipes, let alone in the same week. Seriously, it’s that good.

One Year Ago: Thanksgiving Two-Fer Bars and NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two Years Ago: Oreo Brownies and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Upside Down Cake

Yield: 8-10

Ingredients:

8 ounces (2 sticks or 16 Tbsp) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups cranberries
4 ounces (1 cup) coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line the bottom of a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a small saucepot over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and whisk until smooth.

Pour the brown sugar mixture into the bottom of the cake pan.

In a medium bowl combine the cranberries and pecans. Place them in the pan over the brown sugar mixture.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree and oil.

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture. Carefully spread the batter over the cranberry pecan topping.

Bake until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.

Cool the cake for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Place a large plate or platter on top of the cake. Invert the cake and plate together. Remove the pan. Carefully peel off the parchment paper.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

I’m using this cake as my monthly What’s Baking challenge. Be sure to check out Catherine’s blog for the roundup later this month.

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14 Responses to “Oven Roasted Chickpeas”

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    Funandfearlessinbeantown — February 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I was also totally inspired by the same blog post and made them with a spicy kick! These are totally addictive!

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    Kathy Day — February 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Noms! I love to roast chickpeas with Asparagus in the spring. It’s one of my favorite quick meals, but I still havent cooked them crispy for snacking yet…. You are now person number 5 (or more I lost count) to post these so I think they are in odred very soon!

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    Cathy — February 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    looks good! I saw a recipe from the whole living magazine last week that I was going to try too.

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    Pyjammy Pam — February 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Okay, that is seriously spooky. I was *just* about to go look for a recipe for these (I bought a can of chickpeas a few weeks ago to make some) and up popped your blog in my google reader. Woo!

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    Janelovrut — February 2, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Mmm, so glad everyone is loving these. And now I know what to make for my friend’s superbowl party! Thanks for the reminder!

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    Sarah C — February 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I love that you use canned chickpeas for this! When I saw the title I thought “mmm, tasty, but you probably have to do dried chickpeas and blah blah blah”. But you don’t! And it’s a perfect quick use for the extra cans I have in the pantry so that I don’t have to keep making hummus. 🙂

    I’ve already put some of your Super Bowl recipes on my menu for Sunday, including the mini ham & cheese sandwiches. We live in Pittsburgh and are huge Steelers fans, so we’re REALLY EXCITED!!!

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — February 2, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Hope your Superbowl menu turns out great. Although I have to admit, I’ll be rooting against your team!

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    Shannon — February 2, 2011 at 5:21 am

    love the smoked paprika 🙂

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    Jessica — February 2, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I have yet to try these and really just need to jump in and do it! Thanks for the reminder 😉

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    Katie — February 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Have been meaning to make these! So yummy to snack on and crazy good for you. Need to make these soon..

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    Neev — February 4, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Great snack. What if I am dried chickpeas not canned. Does it need to be soaked overnight?
    Neev

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    Lisa @Karma Per Diem — February 4, 2011 at 1:29 am

    How interesting! I love chickpeas and am going to make these this weekend! Thanks!

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — February 4, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Neev – I’m really not sure how to do this with dried chickpeas. I’ve only used canned. I would assume you would want to soak them overnight first.

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    Pyjammy Pam — March 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Okay, that is seriously spooky. I was *just* about to go look for a recipe for these (I bought a can of chickpeas a few weeks ago to make some) and up popped your blog in my google reader. Woo!

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