Upside-Down Cornbread Cake

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the cornbread:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 (12-ounce) can maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Special equipment: 1 (9-inch) cast iron skillet
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, cornmeal, heavy cream, eggs, butter, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.

In the cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, add sugar and butter and let melt. When melted, remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Be sure to place maraschino cherries evenly throughout. Pour in batter and smooth top with a spatula. Bake 25 minutes, until cornbread is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

To serve: place a platter over skillet and invert cake. It should slide out easily. Slice into wedges and serve warm with whipped cream.


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Saw this on “Cooking for Real” a little while ago. So I was trying to cut a corner and almost ended up with egg on my face. I was using the Jiffy box corn bread. Pored corn bread over and it was not enough. I did not do the math. 1 cup flour and 1 cup cornmeal is 16 oz., a box of Jiffy corn bread is only 8 oz. Luckily I had an extra box in the cupboard. (OFF TOPIC: I cooked this in my 10 inch Zwilling J.A. Heckels Sprit Frypan. (I have the 8, 10 and 12 inch pans) Let me tell you these are the absolute best pans when you want non-stick. I threw away all of my Calphalon pans that were starting to flake after only two years and not nearly as non-stick.) The cake flipped easy-peasy. It took a total of 26 minutes to bake, it was a little on the sweat side, but we really enjoyed it and will make again. Thanks Sunny. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would not change a thing except for the nuts because my husband can't eat them . Sunny I love your Grandma, Keep cooking and Grandma , Please keep teaching. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I baked this today (the only thing I did different was I used a Jiffy mix in place of the "from scratch" cornbread and just added the melted butter and brown sugar and I used 2 oz of honey whiskey rather than brandy, because it's what I had on hand. The first thing my husband and kids said was it was beautiful with the pretty fruit, especially the cherries. Then they tried it and they RAVED. It is DELICIOUS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe went in "The Vault." My whole family loved it, and of course it made me look like a rock star cook! I wouldn't change a thing. The presentation is beautiful and the taste is amazing. Thanks Sunny! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Extremely tasty. I made this for a family party and everyone enjoyed it. This one is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a sweets eater. However I really enjoyed this cake. It was not dry. Rather it was really moist. I put to much syrup from the fruit cocktail in it. Next time I will not. It was not to grainy either. The leftovers were just as good. It really kept well. The whipped cream topping set it off. I ate myself sick. To me it was great. I am definitely making this again. I did not use the brandy. I was worried about it being over powering. But without it it was still wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband has a HUGE sweet tooth!!!! This Upside-down Cornbread Cake is wonderful with ham (w/ mustard, brown sugar, pineapple etc. mixture), and fresh or roasted salad and satisfies a bread/dessert craving. Sunny REALLY gets the southern classic recipes AND brings her vast world travel crusine experiences to all of us. She is a true cooking gem!!!!!! J. Heart, Canton, NC item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this a few months ago after this show aired it was delish!!! I am actually going to be making again soon... and to lopezdaisy I made it in a dutch oven because I do not have a cast iron skillet either. it came out just fine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe looks great. I don't have a cast iron pan though. :( Has anyone tried it without using an iron cast pan? I wonder if I should even attempt it without having the right pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What is the name of the ingredient in the upside down cornbread it says cornbread and like heavy cream what kind of cream? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe out today, it was really tasty. I didn't have brandy so I substituted about a teaspoon of vanilla. I used extreme cherry fruit cocktail and then added 1/2 can of chunk pineapple and also cut up some strawberries. I didn't find this dry, like a lot of the other reviewers, but i used about half of the juice from the cocktail. This was a nice treat, I look forward to making it again and trying different combinations of fruit. What a lovely idea! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this a couple of times. The first time I added the brandy and nuts, used canned fruit cocktail, small can of manderin oranges and dark brown sugar, because that is what I had. Second time I used canned pear halves and thawed out frozen strawberries, light brown sugar, left out brandy and nuts. Both times I served to different friends, all were so impressed with how good it was and how easy it is to make. However, instead of making the cornbread from scratch, I used 2 boxes corn bread mix and added 2 T brown sugar. The cornbread turns out really moist and flavorful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was toooo dry! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After reading other reviews, I used some of the juice from the fruit and used a slightly bigger can. I also used buttermilk rather than cream as I don't usually have cream ...It turned out great. Will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
brandy taste too strong,20 min not long enough for fruit and nuts, cornmeal had grainy texture. BUT my husband liked it so will probably try again with some tweaking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't wait to try this recipe, it looked so go on tv . my mouth was wayering just watching it being plated-up . good job !!!!!!! looking forward to more recipes like this in future. ck from pa. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good recipe; add 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract. did not use the brandy. and the cornbread was nice and moist- don't overbake it though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS WAS EASY FAST AND DELICIOUS THE SECOND TIME I USED SOME SHREDDED COCONUT AND FRESH PINEAPPLE AND IT TASTED PINEAPPLE COCONUT CAKE DELICIOUS THANKS item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cake at Easter. It was terrible. Now I'm beginning to wonder if these chefs taste these recipes before putting them on the air for us to try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awful. It was too dry for cake and the topping too sweet to be served with the meal. The flavors didn't mesh well. I'm a baker and I thought it was not enough sugar in the cornbread to make a tender crumb, but I followed the recipe anyway. What a mistake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I TRIED THIS CAKE AND IT WAS NOT GOOD. WHY DID I HAVE TO USE DARK BROWN AND LIGHT BROWN SUGAR? IT WAS DRY EXACTLY LIKE CORNBREAD AND NOTHING LIKE A CAKE. I WILL TRY IT AGAIN AND I WILL USE A LARGER PAN (10-12) INCH IRON PAN. I WILL NOT DRAIN THE FRUIT COCKTAIL COMPLETELY. I WILL USE ONLY LIGHT BROWN SUGAR AND ADD EXTRA. I WILL ALSO USE A LITTLE MORE CREAM. ALSO WHENEVER YOU ARE USING NUTS THEY SHOULD BE COOKED COMPLETELY. THIS FOR ME WAS REALLY BAD. THE TIME ALLOW DID NOT COOK THE NUTS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
While my 9 year old read the recipe, my 6 year old poured in the ingredients and even mixed it. My family loved it. I made some extra and took it to a few friends as well. WOW. What great taste. I addded regular milk since I was out of cream and added an extra tsp of brown sugar. The 2nd and 3rd ones that I made I used peaches and pineapple. I got a call right after the other families ate it and they wanted the recipe right away. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well for the next time I need to buy the skillet but this time turn ok but the color is diferent because I don used the skillet , but the flavor was out of this world , I use 1/2 butter milk because I don't have enough heavy cream , but turn so delicious Thank you so much item not reviewed by moderator and published
My homemade deserts usually never turn out but, my family was so impressed not only did it look great but the taste was fantastic. Not too sweet. Perfect. I did however make one adjustment, we do not drink alcohol so I left out the brandy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I planned on making this at Christmas but time flew by too fast. So I made it for the New Year. Totally awesome... I think I will put more cherries next time. We loved it and I plan on making again and again. Jeanette item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight. Easy to put together, and easily adapted to use other fruit. Moist, different and worth a second slice. Sadly, doesn?t keep for the next day though, goes too hard. For you Brits out there, I replaced the plain flour/baking powder for self raising flour ? no probs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
must have done something wrong if everone loved i9t---i thught it was tasteless and hard and awful item not reviewed by moderator and published
looks good and tastes even better . item not reviewed by moderator and published
What an absolutely fantastic recipe! I have never even considered cornbread as a "dessert", but am completely happy with it. I think I will try it with some mixed berries the next time we make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this made today, and had to make it tonight. Absolutely tastes as wonderful as it looked on TV. I decided to leave it in the pan and scoop it out with a spatula. Great with a small shot of brandy poured over the top right before you eat it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never tried to make an 'upside-down anything' before. It was easy and delicious! I will definately be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great. I had never heard of adding fruit cocktail to cornbread but this was great. I will be making this again. I recommend you try this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I WATCHED YOU ON TV AND HAD TO TRY THIS RECIPE MADE IT THAT DAY.WAS JUST WONDERFUL NEXT TIME I'M GOING TO TRY USEING PINEAPPLE INSTEAD OF FRUIT COCKTAIL WITH EXTRA BROWN SUGAR. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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