I love pineapple upside down cake and MAN do I really love cherry upside down cake. I love the cherry upside down cake recipe because it’s great for so many different occasions. You can bake it for the family or take it to a holiday gathering. The cherry upside down cake is defiantly a crowd pleaser. Of course, pineapple upside down cake is too but cherry is better in my opinion.
Cherry upside down cake is a delicious dessert that combines the tangy taste of cherries with the sweetness of cake. Not only is this dessert a treat for your taste buds, but it also offers several health benefits. Cherries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that make them a superfood. No, sadly it doesn’t not make this Cherry Upside Down Cake totally healthy, but it does add a few health benefits lol.
Research has shown that cherries are amazing and have tons of health benefits. Here are a few reasons to add cherries to your diet.
Cherries are not only good but good for you. They are nutritious and come loaded with minerals and fiber and vitamins such as B, manganese, magnesium, vitamin K and copper. They are also a great source of fiber, which means they can help keep your digestive system healthy.
Antioxidants & anti-inflammatory
Cherries can help combat oxidative stress which is linked to premature aging and other chronic diseases. They are also high in polyphenols which help to fight damage, reduce inflammation and promote our overall health.
Thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds found in cherries they might also be helpful in relieving paint, damage, and inflammation in the muscle du3e to exercise.
Yes, cherries are heart healthy and may be associated with reducing the risk of heart disease.
Cherries contain melatonin which is known to help regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
They taste so darn good
Thankfully cherries have plenty of great health benefits because they are yummy. I know tossing them on a cake doesn’t make the cake healthy but it does make snacking on cherries while you are making the cake okay, lol.
I’m sure there is a number of other great health benefits cherries have, those are just a few to help promote one of my very favorite fruits. They are a little expensive, okay they are TOO expensive right now especially but they are such a great treat for both your taste buds and your health. Plus, there is so many different things you can do with cherries.
I personally enjoy cherries by themselves. I’ll eat a whole bag if I’m not careful, but there are tons of other ways one can load up on the health benefits from cherries. Pair cherries with dark chocolate, coconut flakes, dry them out and add them to a tasty trail mix, dry fruit mix, add them to your smoothies or you can always make this cherry upside down cake too. Oh, and let’s not forget that you can without a doubt add cherries to your smoothies. YUM! Get those health benefits first thing in the morning.
Cherry Upside Down Cake Recipe
Okay, let’s do this! Let’s get to baking some cherry upside down cake!
- Cherry Layer Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 lb. fresh red cherries (pitted and sliced in half)
- 1/4 C unsalted butter
- 1/2 C brown sugar (packed)
- Cake Ingredients:
- 2 C flour
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 C unsalted butter (room temp)
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
- 1 C sugar
- 2 large eggs (room temp)
- 1/2 C sour cream
- Whipped cream:
- 1 C heavy whipping cream (chilled)
- 2 TBSP. powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prep a 10-Inch Round Pan with baking spray
- Cut a parchment paper to fit inside round pan.
- Set aside.
- Chill a medium mixing bowl.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
- Stir in the brown sugar.
- Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
- Mix well.
- Place the parchment paper on the bottom of the round pan.
- Seal the round pan by closing the latch.
- Pour the brown sugar mix on the bottom of the prepared / parchment covered round pan.
- Top with the cherries, in a single layer.
- Whisk the flour, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Set aside.
- Beat the butter with the almond extract with an electric mixer in a second medium bowl until creamy and smooth. Gradually add in the sugar.
- Increase the speed to medium-high.
- Continue to beat until light and fluffy. (about 4-5 minutes.)
- Add the eggs to the butter mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Lower the speed on the mixer to low.
- Slowly add half of the flour mixture.
- Mix until just combined.
- Add sour cream and mix just until combined.
- Add the remaining flour mixture.
- Beat just until smooth. (The batter will be thick.)
- Scoop the batter on top of the cherries in the pan.
- Gently spread the cake batter over the top of the cherries with a spatula.
- Make sure to have the batter evenly across the pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is golden brown. (And until the cake tests clean when a toothpick is inserted near the center.)
- Remove the cake from the oven.
- Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Carefully run a knife around the perimeter of the pan.
- Cover the cake pan with a platter.
- Invert the cake on to the platter.
- Place the bowl of a stand mixer or a medium sized glass bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Remove the mixing bowl from the freezer.
- Add all of the ingredients in the chilled bowl.
- Beat all of the whipped cream ingredients with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until firm peaks form.
- Garnish with whip cream and cherries.
This is not one of my personal recipes.