Cranberry Upside-Down Cake Recipe


Upside-down cake has never been easier. Simply stir together light brown sugar, melted butter, and a can of whole-berry cranberry sauce. Pour into a greased, 5-quart slow cooker. Top with a package of fresh cranberries. A package of pound cake mix is the secret convenience ingredient in this simple cake. Beat the mix along with milk, eggs, and almond extract with an electric mixer on low for two minutes. Pour the batter over the cranberry mixture already in the slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for just over two hours or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. After turning the slow cooker off, let it sit for 20 minutes. Invert the cake onto a large plate or platter. Serve with your favorite vanilla or vanilla bean ice cream. It tastes absolutely decadent when served warm, but you can also serve it room temperature if you're making this recipe ahead of time. Our Cranberry Upside-Down Cake recipe makes 8 to 10 servings.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
Photo: Oxmoor House
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
8 to 10 serves


  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

  • 1 (14-oz.) can whole-berry cranberry sauce

  • 1 (12-oz.) package fresh cranberries

  • 1 (16-oz.) package pound cake mix

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. Lightly grease a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl until blended. Pour mixture into prepared slow cooker. Top with cranberries.

  2. Beat pound cake mix, milk, and next 2 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on low speed 2 minutes. Pour batter over cranberries. Cover and cook on HIGH 2 hours and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Turn off slow cooker; let cake stand, covered, 20 minutes. Invert cake onto a serving platter. Cut into wedges, and serve with ice cream, if desired.

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