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Seasonal Upside Down Cake

Prep Time:30 Minutes
Cook Time:45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

This is an amazingly simple dessert that is versatile and delicious.


  • For the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red wine
  • 2 tablespoon brandy, triple sec, or other fruit-flavored liqueur
  • For the “topping”:
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced across into 1/4-inch thick discs
  • 2 unpeeled plums, pitted and sliced into 1/4-inch thick wedges
  • 2 small oranges, peeled and sliced across into 1/4-inch thick discs (removing any seeds as you go along)
  • For the cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup red wine


  • 1. Preheat the grill to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9-inch round metal cake pan or oven-proof skillet.
  • 2. Combine all glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and briefly cook on a medium heat burner until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Pour the glaze into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  • 3. Arrange the sliced fruit on the glaze in the bottom of the baking pan, starting in the center and working your way out. Set aside.
  • 4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add 3/4 cup white sugar and beat for approximately one minute until light and well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for approximately two minutes after each addition. Stir in the lemon zest. Alternately, add one-half of the flour mixture and one-half of the red wine, beating for about 10 seconds on low after each addition. Repeat. Spoon the batter over the fruit in the baking pan.
  • 5. Bake for approximately 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the baking pan for approximately 10 minutes and then invert it onto a serving plate.

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