Because I am a parent, I have learned that there is a series of children's books set in a fictional New-Englandish place called Cranberryport.
I do hope you didn't think the second half of that sentence was going to be profound. You're reading the wrong blog for that.
Anyway, the titles are Cranberry Valentine
, Cranberry Birthday
, etc., and each book has a cranberry recipe on the last page. One of those books (I no longer remember which) contains the recipe for the birthday cake we make for Larry
every year, if only for the reason that he grew up next to a cranberry bog. As stated in a prior post
, we have no idea whether or not Larry actually likes this cake; it may be that he loathes it but is keeping mum in order not to ruin our hallowed birthday traditions.
The moral of this being...speak up right away if you don't like something, lest you be saddled with it for the rest of your life.
|Unfortunately, I look nothing like this.|
So! Although I am most emphatically not
the Pioneer Woman
(cooking-wise or photography-wise), I am giving the recipe here (because you asked for it, people!).
Wait, I have to find it. It's scribbled on an index card, as we discovered this cake way before I was computer-savvy (relatively speaking, of course). Be right back.
Okay! Got it! And it's only 4 steps (5, if you count preheating the oven). I'm putting all the ingredients in bold face
, because I'm clever like that.
Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice and place 1/4 lb (one stick) (half a tub) butter or margarine
in the bottom of a 13x9 pan (sometimes I just use canola oil, because I'm lazy)
Sprinkle 1 cup of walnut halves
over the margarine/butter/oil.
Mix 2 cups suga
r, 1 cup brown sugar
, and 2 bags of cranberries
and spread it over the walnut layer.
Prepare 1 box yellow cake mix
and pour it over everything in the pan. Bake 40-50 minutes.
|Whipped cream optional, but why not?|
Really, that's it. But here's the most important part - do you see the name of the cake? The "upside-down
" part of it? Well, I didn't. In fact, it took me years
to understand that I needed to flip the cake onto a plate when it came out of the oven. It looks much more attractive that way. Also? It's way easier to stick the candles in it.
[Cranberry Valentine image: Open Library]
[Pioneer Woman photo: Woman's Day]
[Cranberry cake image: My Recipes]