Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cran-Raspberry Upside-Down Cake

Our choice of the week is Cran-Raspberry Upside-Down Cake
and the picture in The Cake Bible looked luscious. I glanced at the old copper tarte tatin pan sitting on the shelf at eye level beside my scale that I use daily - I thought, "why not?'
I gathered it up and gave it a nice brightening with copper polish.

First I thawed the cranberries for their all day over a sieve in the oven with just the pilot light on. Rose wryly advises.  when using this technique in thawing, it is wise to put a note on the oven door that it is in use . . .

The raspberies needed to be seeded through a small wired sieve or  food mill and their juices reduced

The recipe was straightforward and the cake came together nicely. I was a bit concerned that the batter would be too much in volume since my pan was somewhat smaller than the recipe called for, but when baked it rose just to the top with no overflow problem. However, the edges at the top were beginning to brown around the top and pulling away from the edges, even with the tent.

Because of the configuration of the pan I thought I could not use the strips, and when I thought of making my own, the batter was ready to go in. I think this might have made a small difference in this cake. 




Smoothing batter

Baked cake
Yum Yum!
Guests taking home a slice to enjoy later!


  1. Oh wow!!! Look how nice and high your cake is! Absolutely love your copper pan. Nothing more beautiful in a kitchen.

    1. Oh Vicki, thanks. It's funny how many years, about 35, that pretty but useless thing has just sat there awaiting its turn. I guess there might be some deeper meaning in that ? Anyhow, your things are always so fab and I am just a neophyte it makes me feel nice that you liked it.

  2. Joan, your cake looked awesome and I LOVE your copper pans!! So vintage looking! And your cranberries so plump and red!

  3. I love how high your cake is! Good thing your pan was waiting patiently in the wings for the proper baking project to come along.

  4. Thanks, Faithy and Vicki - Makes me want to take a look around to see what else wants to come out and play ; )