Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake

Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake - Top

This is one of those easy cakes where you just combine and mix ingredients and place it in the oven. It is easy to make and tastes incredible!. There is a quite large amount of sugar in this recipe, so I used Granny Smith apples to add an extra tart flavor.


  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries (or frozen and thawed)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples cut into thin wedges
  • ¾ cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest
  • 1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of fine ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of whole buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons of melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, butter a 9-inch round cake pan, and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper, and then butter again. Set prepared pan aside to use when your cake is ready.

Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake - Dry Ingredients Mixed

In a large mixing bowl, toss apples, cranberries, brown sugar, corn starch and orange zest, set aside.

Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake - Whisking Ingredients

Next place flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in another large bowl, and whisk together.

In a medium bowl, mix together melted butter, eggs and buttermilk.

Mix wet and dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon, just until they are combined.

Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake - Ready to Assemble

Now, you are ready to assemble this delectable cake.  Place the apple and cranberry mixture on the bottom of the prepared cake pan.  Take care to evenly distribute the cranberries so they won’t end up in one place.

Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake - Ready to Bake

Place the batter on the top of the fruit, smooth the top of cake.

Bake for about 50 to 55 minutes, or until a wooden stick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove cake from the oven and let the cake cool for 15 minutes.

Invert cake on a serving plate, and discard the parchment paper, serve warm or at room temperature.

Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake - Serving Plate

This recipe is inspired by the recipe found in ‘Bake from Scratch Holiday’, 2016 edition.

Cranberry-Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake - Bottom

Serves 8.

Preparation time: 18 minutes

Total time: 85 minutes, including cooling time of 15 minutes

Inspired by a recipe found in bake from scratch, the Holiday 2016 edition.

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