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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11 Responses to “Fire Roasted Ketchup”

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    Amanda — June 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    wow! looks yummy to me. 🙂Service Express

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    Sunshine — June 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    So at first I was concerned that it had corn in it. Then I saw that those little yellowy looking things were garlic. Now I’m sold! I’ll be making this for my best friend’s surprise birthday party BBQ. Thanks so much!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — June 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Looks awesome!

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    Mandy — June 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    That looks YUMMY! I am totally making this!

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    Elina — June 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    This looks more like a cooked salsa. I bet it’s delicious 🙂

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — June 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    This looks really fresh and easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

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    bcallegra — June 10, 2010 at 2:41 am

    This is going to be a funny comment coming from me, for those who know me well. This recipe looks great, and I’m a person that hates regular ketchup! As one of the other commenters mentioned, this looks more like a salsa topping which is what I’m hoping for. Also, funny that you mentioned grills since we just purchased our first grill – perfect opportunity to try this recipe!

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    Ma What's 4 dinner — June 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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    Ma What's 4 dinner — June 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    This looks soooooo yummy. I’m always looking for something new to spread on burgers, it is grilling season after all, well not today, but still.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What’s For Dinner
    http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

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    giz — June 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks for visiting our blog. I like your version of bacon wrapped dates – have to try that too. Also love easy condiment making – looks fabulous

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    Jennifer Sikora — June 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I just found your blog! OH my gosh!! You have the best looking recipes!

    I am trying this ketchup out!

    Come visit me and view my recipes at http://www.jennifersikora.com

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