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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13 Responses to “Raspberry Chipotle Jam”

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    Samantha — January 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Raspberry and chipotle! what a combo. I love this idea. I could put chipotle in anything and be happy.

    • beantownbaker — January 22nd, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

      Chipotle is a flavor I’m learning to love as I use it more and more!

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    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — January 23, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Holy yum! This jam reminds me of the sauce in one of my favorite appetizers from a little restaurant in Kansas. It was raspberry chipotle sauce combined with cream cheese and black beans, and it was served warm with tortilla chips. The best!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

      Is it So Long Saloon by chance?…

      If so, check back on Tuesday…

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

      BTW, I just saw in your bio that you went to Purdue – I did too! Aero engineering for me. Crazy about that shooting this week…

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    Ashley @ My Midwest Table — January 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Yes, So Long Saloon! We lived in Manhattan for a few years while my husband worked on his PhD. Can’t wait to see what you’ve cooked up on Tuesday!

    Goodness, what a coincidence that you are a Purdue alumna too! Yes, so crazy and so sad.

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    Shannon — January 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    this is definitely one i’ll need to make, great flavor combo 🙂

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh gosh, this is such a fun flavor combination 🙂 I can’t wait to try this out!

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    Jac — September 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I am super excited to try this recipe out. I love idea of the sweet of the fruit and the heat of the pepper. I will let you know how mine turns out.

    *I just moved to Boston which is how I found your website. I’m sorta sad that you moved back to Ohio because I would love to meet you. 😀

    • beantownbaker — September 12th, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

      Hope it turns out well for you! We love this jam. It’s really good on a breakfast sandwich.

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    MezzoBetsy — September 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Oh, yum! I’m a great fan of using jams, marmalades and chutneys with meat in the crockpot or as a glaze on roasts. This would be perfect on a pork tenderloin.

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    Joy — January 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    how do you make it without the jam maker? I have a breadmaking machine that can make jelly, would it work about the same?

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    Lucinds — July 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Are there any water bath instructions?

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