A springform pan (also known as cheesecake pan) is used to make this cake. This pan made it so easy to release the cake and invert onto a serving platter. I had never thought to use a springform pan for an upside-down cake. You learn something new every day!
|Cherries, brown sugar, butter. How can that not be good?|
|The cornmeal in the batter gives it a light yellow color and a soft crunchiness.|
Sweet Cherry and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided
3/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 1/4 pounds sweet cherries, pitted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups cake flour
6 tablespoons cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup whole buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper, and butter pan and parchment.
In a medium saucepan, heat brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of the butter, and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt over medium heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Arrange cherries in a single layer on top of butter mixture.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat granulated sugar, zest, and remaining 1/2 cup butter at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and vanilla.
Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Spread batter onto cherries. Firmly tap pan on counter to settle batter between cherries and release air bubbles. Place pan on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake until golden, puffed, and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes, rotating pan and covering with foil halfway through baking to prevent excess browning. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Carefully remove ring; invert cake onto a serving board or platter. Carefully remove parchment. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Recipe source: Bake From Scratch May/June 2017