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Upside Down Cranberry Apple Cake

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  • Author: Mary Ann Dwyer
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


A spiced, soft quick bread made with applesauce is baked atop caramelized apples and cranberries for a stunning holiday presentation.


  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Braeburn or Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Spray 9×5 loaf pan generously with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar.
  4. Add sliced apples and mix together until thoroughly coated. Cook for two minutes until somewhat soft.
  5. Place apple mixture in the prepared pan and sprinkle with the cranberries.
  6. In a large bowl, combine granulated sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce, eggs, milk and vanilla.
  7. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  8. Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.
  9. Gently spoon the batter over the apple cranberry mixture in the prepared pan.
  10. Place the pan on a large baking sheet and bake for 65 minutes.
  11. Cool for 15 minutes. Before inverting onto platter, carefully slice off top mound so bread sits flat.
  12. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Category: Baking, Cake, Dessert
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