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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17 Responses to “Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and How to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls”

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    Megan — January 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I think it’s very interesting that KAF has you freeze after baking. With most yeast things, you can pop them in the freezer before the second rise, and then take them out the night before, let them have a slow rise in the fridge, and then leave them out until they are proofed and then bake. It seems so much easier to just partially bake them. Interesting.

    All the flavors sound incredible!

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    Lauren — January 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    1. Pumpkin cinnamon rolls are fabulous, and these look great!
    2. I love the tip about pre-baking the rolls before freezing. I will definitely be employing that technique :).

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    Boston Food Diary — January 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    These sound AMAZING! I’ve been fearful of making cinnamon rolls- both for the baking and having them around- this is great to know though! Thanks!

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    Bridget — January 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    No fair using my recipe and then making prettier cinnamon rolls than me. Hmph!

    Oh well, I suppose it’s worth it to find about this great freezing trick!

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    Anonymous — January 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Wow, do those look and sound delicious! Thanks for the info on how to freeze the rolls. I think I’ll attempt yeast soon.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing the tip on freezing cinnamon rolls. I seriously love KAF’s helpful hints on their blog and website!

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    stephchows — January 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    ok what a brilliant idea!! I love making pumpkin cinnamon rolls, I just made a batch last weekend 🙂

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    Rhondi — January 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Oh YUM! Thanks for the freezing tips. I wanted to make my kids homemade cinnamon rolls this weekend, but like you, didn’t want them sitting around to tempt me! Does the pumpkin make the rolls really moist? I’m saving this recipe.

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    Jen — January 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Rhondi – I found the dough to be similar to other cinnamon roll dough as far as the moistness goes.

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    Christina — January 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I haven’t had cinnamon rolls in such a long time! I can’t wait to try these.

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    In and Around Town — January 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    These look great – the pumpkin is such a nice touch. Love the freezing tips!

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    EliFla — January 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Hello as I am sure you know here in Italy we use the yeast in very many recipes. To freeze some dough leavened with baking powder (such as croissants or Daddy), some experts have advised me after giving shape to freeze before the final rise, then remove from freezer the night before putting in the oven thawing, and morning turn on the oven and cook as usual. I must tell you that I tried and the result was perfect.
    Ciao Flavia

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    innochkaskitchen — January 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Yum! I LOVE cinnamon rolls and pumpkin cinnamon rolls are definitely a nice change-up from the usual plain cinnamon rolls. Great recipe!

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    Michael - Innkeeper — January 11, 2011 at 1:29 am

    pumpkin cinnamon rolls!? get out of town!? these look ah-mazing!!!!

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    Kerstin — January 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I love your freezing tip! I actually haven’t tried making cinnamon rolls yet, but will soon! It’s nice to know you can make them the night before too and then just finish baking in the morning.

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    Torviewtoronto — January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    delicious a favourite I make similar

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    Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence — February 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I never knew pumpkin cinnamon rolls existed until now. Looks and sounds divine!

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