Christmas Upside-Down Cake

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Yield: two 9" round cakes

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The flavors of fruitcake team with the buttery/caramelized goodness of upside-down cake in this delicious confection. A fairy-tale combination for the holiday season, this makes an excellent breakfast, snack, or dessert, depending on your mood.

Christmas Upside-Down Cake

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Yield: two 9" round cakes
Published: 11/19/2012

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Cake

  • 1 box of your favorite yellow cake mix, prepared; OR your favorite two-layer yellow cake recipe, prepared
  • 3 cups fruitcake fruits (or your favorite dried/candied fruits)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Directions

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1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line two 9" round baking pans with parchment. Set aside.

2) In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and spices. Cook slowly over low heat until the butter is melted, the mixture is smooth, and you don't feel the grit of sugar on the bottom of the pan.

3) Divide the warm mixture between the two pans. Tilt the pans to spread an even layer of topping over the bottom of each.

4) Toss together 3 cups of the dried and/or candied fruits of your choice. Raisins, dried cranberries, candied cherries, dried pineapple, and dried cherries are all good choices. Divide the fruit evenly between the two pans, sprinkling generously over the topping. If desired, add 1/4 cup chopped nuts to each pan, as well. Our Favorite Fruitcake Fruit blend is perfect for this recipe.

5) Divide the prepared cake batter between the two pans. Bake the cakes for 25 to 35 minutes, or until they're golden brown and begin to pull away from the sides of the pans.

6) Remove the cakes from the oven, let sit for 3 minutes, then invert onto serving plates. Wait 30 seconds, then pull off the pans. Peel off the parchment if necessary, scraping any fruits or nuts back onto the cakes.

7) Serve warm or at room temperature, with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cakes freeze very well. Thaw, then reheat in a 300°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes before serving, to freshen.

8) Yield: two 9" round cakes.

Reviews

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  • star rating 03/08/2013
  • countrycamper from KAF Community
  • MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS ENJOY MY FRUIT CAKE IMAGE THEIR SURPRISE WHEN I BAKED THIS CHRISTMAS UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE. THIS RECEIPE WAS EASY TO FOLLOW AND MAKE, CAME OUT BEAUTIFUL AND I FROZE ONE OF THE CAKES FOR A SUMMER SURPRISE.
  • star rating 01/08/2013
  • Rachael from Mountain House, CA
  • I made this cake on Christmas Eve for everyone (about ten people) to have as part of Christmas morning breakfast. You do have to like the taste of fruitcake fruit to enjoy this, but of course you can always try your own fruits. As another reviewer said, it was sweet but nobody minded! We all loved it! But since it is so sweet, you won't want more than just a moderate to small piece at a time. We had an entire cake leftover to munch on throughout the next couple days. No complaints here!
  • star rating 12/17/2012
  • Jlibbyb from Charleston, SC
  • star rating 12/16/2012
  • Naughtysquirrel from KAF Community
  • I will recommend this recipe with one change...In my opinion there is way too much topping and it is too sweet. Next time I will half the ingredients and maybe cut back a bit on the sugar. The flavors are good and I like that I am able to choose my own fruits and nuts. I will make this cake again
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