Saturday, March 21, 2009

Upside Down Cranberry Cornmeal Cake

It seems that getting back into the blogging swing of things has been harder than anticipated! Please bear with us during this apparently difficult transition. =)

So, here is a semi-wordless one.

When I saw this upside down cranberry cornmeal cake on Pink Bites, I knew I wanted to make it. In fact, I made it the very same day!

It was quite fortunate indeed that we actually had all the ingredients, even the fresh cranberries, on hand. I didn't have a cast iron skillet so I used a regular one (oven-safe, of course).

It was so good. I do have quite the cornmeal love. And whoa, tartness! Them cranberries were sure tart. But I quite liked that. (One can simply sweeten the cranberry mixture more for less tartness.)

The recipe says this make 8 to 10 servings. I don't know how that is possible. I think I ate about half of it (conservative estimate) in sort-of one sitting. Yes, I did.

[eatingclub] vancouver Cornmeal Love
Corn Toasties
Fried Green Tomatoes
Cornmeal-crusted Okra
Potato Cornmeal Foccacia
Cornmeal-crusted Trout w/ Lemon-Anchovy-Caper Sauce
Upside Down Cranberry Cornmeal Cake

Pink Bites version here
Original Recipe by Emeril Lagasse (click here)

Cranberry Upside Down Skillet Corncake
recipe by Emeril Lagasse
Makes 8 to 10 servings

2 tablespoons butter
3/4 pound fresh cranberries
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
4 teaspoons lemon zest, divided
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup olive oil or vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Set a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the cranberries, 1 cup of the sugar, 2 teaspoons of the lemon zest and the lemon juice. Stir and cook until the cranberries wilt and have released most of their juice, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cranberries from the pan and set aside as you continue to cook the cranberry juices, if desired. The juices should bubble and thicken as it cooks. Continue to cook for 2 minutes, then return the cranberries to the pan, if removed, and, using a spoon, arrange the berries so that they cover the bottom of the pan in 1 even layer, patting them down to be sure. Remove the skillet from the heat and allow to cool for 20 to 30 minutes.

While the skillet cools, prepare the cake batter. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the cornmeal.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, egg yolk, milk, olive oil and the remaining 2 teaspoons of lemon zest until frothy. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar and mix to combine. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix just until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the cooled skillet over the cranberries and place in the oven to bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out smooth, about 30 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Place a plate over the top of the skillet and, working quickly, invert the plate and the skillet and give the skillet a quick tap on a solid work surface to help dislodge the cake from the pan onto the plate. Allow to cool to warm before serving. Cake may be served either warm or at room temperature.


  1. Wow - what a unique cake. I love any form of corncake or cornbread, and cranberries are good too. I'm curious what the combination tastes like. Looks amazing!

  2. I share the cornmeal love, and also a deep affinity for cranberries. I can't imagine anything NOT to like in this skillet cake! Was it really sweet like dessert, or was it more of a tea-time treat?

  3. Sounds (and looks) delicious! I bet it would be good with other fruits, too. I'm thinking a peach one would be good for summer...

  4. I'd eat half of it too. Looks wonderful. I love that it's made in a skillet!

  5. this would make an awesome dessert, but i wouldn't mind serving it as a side dish either. it's gorgeous--nicely done!

  6. Allen of EOL:
    Thanks! =)

    Wow - what a unique cake. I love any form of corncake or cornbread, and cranberries are good too. I'm curious what the combination tastes like. Looks amazing!

    Choosy Beggar Tina:
    Haha, you have me stumped there, as I didn't know there was a difference between dessert and something you serve as a snack! =)

    In this case, it wasn't too sweet at all. It was very nice indeed.

    Oooh, I love cooked peach. I should try that. Thanks for the idea!

    Oh good, re eating half. It's not just me, then. Teehee.

    Thanks! =)


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