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Cranberry Upside Down Cake

This Cranberry Upside Down Cake is my favorite way to eat cranberries! The normal tartness becomes gloriously sweet when made in this mouthwatering cake. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Cooling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry dessert, cranberry upside down cake, dessert, upside down cake
Servings: 12
Author: Rachel Quenzer


Cake Ingredients

  • 1 & 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 stick of butter, salted I tend to use salted butter in desserts versus adding table salt. If you want to use unsalted then add ½ tsp. of salt

Cranberry Topping Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 stick butter, salted
  • 12 oz. of fresh or frozen cranberries I like to use fresh
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine brown sugar, butter and maple syrup in a small pot and stir continuously until the butter has melted.
  • Add the cranberries and cinnamon and let the mixture simmer for at least 10 minutes. Continue stirring frequently.
  • While the cranberries cook down combine your dry ingredients for the cake in a separate bowl.
  • Add the butter, milk, sour cream and eggs and mix well. I use a hand mixer but you can also use a stand mixer.
  • Last add the cinnamon and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  • Butter a 9-inch, round cake pan. Make sure you coat the sides well.
  • Add your cranberry mixture to the bottom of the pan. Tap it lightly a few times on the counter so that you can even it out.
  • Add your cake batter on top of it and again even out the batter.
  • Put the cake in the oven for 50 minutes and then check it. You might need another 10 minutes to cook it through the center.
  • Once the cake is done let it cool completely. Then run a knife around the sides of the pan to make sure the cake isn’t sticking to it.
  • Add a plate or cake stand to the top of the cake and then flip it. Just get help if you plan to use a cake stand.
  • If it doesn't come out of the pan perfectly and you're missing some cranberries at the top, top it off with some extra cranberry sauce.