Clementines are buried with cranberries beneath the batter, and baked, only to come on out top as the darling of this moist, scrumptious upside-down cranberry-orange poppyseed cake.

Upside-Down Cranberry-Orange Poppyseed Cake

Overwhelmingly popular as a winter snacking fruit, clementines are out to prove their versatility. Here they were buried with cranberries beneath the batter, and baked, only to come out on top as the darling of this most, scrumptious dessert. Dollop with whipped cream for a perfect finish. 

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 tablespoons plus ½ cup butter, softened, divided
  • ½ cup plus 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons orange preserves
  • 3 or 4 medium clementines, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons poppyseeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup milk
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions

Separate egg yolks and whites. Allow eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of a 9-inch-round baking pan with nonstick spray. Line bottom with parchment paper. Spray paper with nonstick spray and coat with flour; set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add ½ cup sugar and the preserves. Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Arrange clementine slices and cranberries in a single layer on top.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, poppyseeds, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat remaining ½ cup butter with an electric mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, vanilla and orange zest, scraping sides of bowl. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low after each addition, just until combined; set aside.

Using thoroughly cleaned beaters, beat egg whites until soft peaks form (tips curl). Add remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold beaten whites into cake batter. Spoon batter over fruit in pan; spread evenly. 

Bake about 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen cake around edge of pan. Invert cake onto a serving plate. Remove and discard parchment paper. Serve cake warm topped with whipped cream.