Cherry Vanilla Upside Down Cake Recipe

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The Great British Bake Off Bakealong is back! I do like to participate in this fun group – if you like to bake please join the group on Facebook. It’s a very welcoming place. There is no pressure to participate and lots of support and people willing to answer baking questions if you have them. I have enjoyed learning how to bake things familiar and new. I never would have tried a Bedfordshire Clanger without the push from this group and I had so much fun making it! Couronnes – both sweet like the strawberry pear couronne and savory like the goat cheese, bacon and sundried tomato – have become some of my favorite things to bake since I started baking with my fellow Bakalong peeps. We are starting a new series as it were and the first challenge was to make an upside down cake recipe. It could be any kind we wanted. I am so thankful Laura from Little House Big Alaska started this group and that she keeps me and the rest of us in the group motivated with the fun challenges.

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upside down cake recipe

Cherry Vanilla Upside Down Cake

Serves 8 – 10

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs plus one egg white, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry halves, can be fresh or frozen
  • 3 TBS sugar in the raw
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla, optional

arrange cherry halves

  • Arrange the cherry halves, cut side down, to cover the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Mix the sugar in the raw and vanilla powder together if using.
  • Sprinkle the sugar or sugar/vanilla powder mix over the cherries in the pan. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  • Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and white one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add the vanill and mix well.
  • Scrape down the bowl and with the mixer on low add the flour mixture in thirds and the milk in halves beginning and ending with the flour. Mix just until combined.

add batter on top of cherries and smooth with a spatula

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  • Carefully place the batter on top of the cherries in the cake pan. Spread evenly with a spatula. Tap the pan on the counter to release the air bubbles.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
  • Cake is done when a tester comes out clean

cool cake on a wire rack

  • Let the cake rest on a wire rack for 10 minutes then invert onto rack to cool completely.

How Was the Cherry Vanilla Upside Down Cake Recipe?

This was a very good cake. The upside down cake recipe was easy to follow and as you can see it made a very dramatic looking cake. I think one could even work with a combination of cherries and blueberries and make a really pretty pattern on top.

cherry vanilla upside down cake

The cake was really moist and had a lovely vanilla flavor. Adding the vanilla powder to the sugar on the cherries really boosted the vanilla flavor in the overall dessert. I happen to love vanilla so I was in dessert heaven. The cake got better and better as it sat and we enjoyed it more on the last night we ate it than on the first. This was not my first upside down cake – I had made a pear upside down cake a few years ago – and it certainly won’t be my last. They just make for such a dramatic presentation.

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