Cherry Upside-down Cake

 

Today is one of those coastal feeling days in the SF Bay Area.  A light breeze is gently pushing a few lingering clouds out of our skies.  The air smells fresh. If you own a blue and white striped tee shirt, it’s the kind of day you might wear it.

We had a wonderful relaxing weekend, enjoying time with both family and friends.  We spent Saturday boating on Clear Lake with family including grandchildren.  Watching the kids tubing behind the boat was so entertaining, especially with grandpa – I haven’t laughed that hard in I don’t remember when.

My grandson Noah celebrated his 8th birthday on Saturday and I made him this cherry upside-down cake, which traveled up to the lake incredibly well.  I was worried it wouldn’t be quite big enough to serve 12 people but with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side, it worked out perfectly.

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Cherry Upside-down Cake

Serving Size: 10-12

Adapted from Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson.

Ingredients

  • For the Upside-down Caramel Topping
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (5&1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 4 cups (1&1/2 pounds) pitted sweet cherries
  • For the Cake
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 medium orange
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (7&1/2 ounces) sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 9" square metal pan with baking spray.
  3. To Make the Upside-down Caramel topping
  4. Melt the butter in a medium size sauté pan over medium heat, then stir in the sugar and lemon juice.
  5. Turn the heat up to medium high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. It will become foamy and turn a light brown.
  7. Remove it from the heat when the mixture turns a deeper amber color and pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  8. Place the pitted cherries in a single layer on top of the caramel with the pitted sides facing up, so the good sides of the cherries will be on top when you turn the cake out of the pan.
  9. To make the cake
  10. Sift the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl.
  11. Place the butter, sugar and orange zest together in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and cream until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  12. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  13. Stir in the orange juice and vanilla, the mixture will look curdled.
  14. Stir in the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, scrape down the bowl as needed.
  15. The batter should be smooth and thick.
  16. Gently scrape the batter into the prepared pan, evenly covering the cherry layer.
  17. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until the cake is golden browned and springs back when lightly touched on top.
  18. Cool the cake in the metal pan on a cooling rack for about 45 minutes.
  19. Flip the cake out of it's pan by first loosening the sides with a metal knife.
  20. Then place a flat platter over the top of the cake and quickly turn the cake over and it will slide out onto the platter.
  21. This cake can be stored wrapped in plastic for 3 days at room temperature, it also freezes well.
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Comments

  1. I’m going cherry picking this afternoon and I think I just found a use for those cherries ;). Your cake looks wonderful!

  2. I remember making another one of your upside-down numbers–this looks like another keeper! :)

  3. Happy belated birthday to your grandson. It sounds like you had a fantastic weekend — that’s great. Our cherry season hasn’t begun yet and I’m starting to get impatient. All the yummy temptations, like this cake, is only making me impatient, hehe. Thanks for sharing the recipe and link to the photo editor.

  4. Upside down cakes are so traditional, yet so incredibly good. This one looks sensational Patty! Perfect for a day out. I have frozen cherries from last summer (it´s winter here right now) and this cake will be worth using them for.

  5. I’m seeing more and more cherry recipes and they’re driving me crazy! Cherries are still really pricey here but I can’t wait for the season. This looks wonderful Patty and your weekend sounds so fun! Family times like that are certainly to be cherished.

  6. Both of your recent cherry posts look delicious! I love the pattern of the cherries in this luscious cake.

  7. Today must be cherry day (I’m not complaining!). This is a splendid, summery, cake – I bet it was irresistible with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. :)

    I love PicMonkey! You might want to check out Pixlr too! (They’re also free and offer Photoshop-esque editing tools.)

  8. Happy Birthday Noah! Sounds like a great way to celebrate a birthday. Never had cherry upside down, but you know I’m trying to break the world’s record of eating the most cherries ever. Lol. That’s cool Grandpa was having fun with the kids, fun grandparents are the best.
    -Gina-

  9. That sounds like a perfect weekend! The cake looks perfect too- cherries are my favorite. :) PicMonkey sounds interesting- I’ll have to give it a look!

  10. Rustic Fruit Desserts – that totally sounds like my kind of cookbook!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your family. Happy birthday to Noah. What a lucky boy he is to have a grandma who bakes wonderful cakes!

  11. Happy birthday to Noah! I’d be happy with this scrumptious cake, too :) And I need to check out PicMonkey, too…you’re the second recommendation in the last couple weeks!

  12. Love that we both did “upside-down” cakes for our post today! Yours look divine!!! When I first saw your cover shot, I thought to myself – she is now using picmonkey! I absolutely LOVE pic monkey and have found it to be super great. I did upgrade to the Royal package and it is SO worth it. I am now playing around with some of the effects and teaching myself new things.

  13. Happy birthday to the young man :-)
    Great cake and I am going to have to check out picmonkey.

  14. The cherry cake looks divine, Patty. A beautiful cake for the birthday celebration too.
    Happy belated Birthday, Noah!

  15. What an appealing summer treat! Love that the cherries are the star of the dessert. The tempting ruby red orbs of summer are perfect for a birthday celebration!

  16. How fabulous is this! What a sensational looking cherry cake and a lovely way to make it. It looks so moist and perfectly crumbly. Lovely job, Patty!

  17. I almost picked up a pound of berries this afternoon. Now I really wish that I had! What a wonderful celebration cake, and I loved to hear that it traveled well. Thank you for sharing, sweet Patty!

  18. I never seen cherry upside down cake…looks awesome Patty. I just got a bag of cherries today :)
    Hope you are having a great week and Happy Belated Birthday to your grandson.

  19. What a great cake for an 8 year old birthday boy! My son just turned 8 a few weeks ago. Love the words on your pictures, picmonkey is one of my favorites!

  20. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    PicMonkey is a blast-now to upgrade and really have fun:)Oh, you know tonight I’m craving a bite of all you’ve shared. Your baking with cherries these days has me hungry:)

  21. Loving your inspired cherry desserts. I actually was never fond of them in baked goods until just the last few years and now I look forward to cherry season each year. I meant to buy some cherries today but got busy in the city–tomorrow, no excuses though I have a backup of dried cherries in the pantry because I just HAVE to bake with cherries after seeing all your posts. :)

    Never been to Clear Lake but the hubs has told me how nice it is there. :)

    Love the PicMonkey effects. :)

  22. HMMM!!!! Upside down cherry cake! I’ve never had upside down cake with cherry and this not only looks delicious but I love the cute look on the cake. I am so excited I got two cherry recipes from you now. :D

  23. Love cherries and love all your cherry desserts! Can’t wait to give this one a try. It would be perfect with ice cream…yum!

  24. Lovely cherry cake and fun to celebrate with family and friends for your grandsons bday, I bet it was special. The boating sounds like lots of fun too. I love picmonkey it’s a great little site.

  25. This cake was great! This was my first time using spelt flour and the cake had a great flavor and consistency! It was also my first recipe from the Rustic Cookbook and I am encouraged to try others. Thanks for a great cherry recipe!

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