Saturday, December 19, 2009

Coo-Coo for....


Well, not just plain, raw, tart cranberries--they, of course, must be swirled, twirled, and coated in some sort of buttery and sugary goodness! And, of course, I would never just make a buttery, sugary, cranberry treat without an excuse to share it! Thank goodness for MOPS! These are the cakes that have made an appearance at the last two MOPS...where amazing food has been in an abundance!
(I know this is an embarrassingly horrible picture. The cake was me!)

Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

1 1/2 c. butter, softened
2 3/4 c. sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sour cream
1 1/2 c. chopped fresh cranberries

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and orange peel. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Fold in cranberries.Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan.
Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Upside Down Cranberry Cake

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1 3/4 cups cranberries, fresh
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk

Arrange a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F. Use 2 Tablespoons of the butter to generously grease an 8-inch round cake pan. Set aside.
Add 1/2 cup of the sugar and the cinnamon and allspice to a small bowl. Pour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Tilt and swirl the sugar around until it evenly coats the bottom -but not the sides- of the pan. Arrange cranberries in a single layer on top.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using an electric hand-held mixer) cream the remaining 6 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until well combined. Add the vanilla and mix in well.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Start your mixer on low speed and carefully add 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by 1/3 of the milk. Repeat, scraping down the bowl occasionally, until you have added all the flour and milk.
Spoon batter on top of the cranberries in the pan. Smooth the top bringing the cake batter to the edges of the pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes--until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
Let cake cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Turn out on a cake platter.

Oh my goodness!
Look who showed up for MOPS!
Julie enjoyed a little time visiting with Oprah after

Every mom was grinning from ear to ear after scoring some
pretty amazing gifts!

(Look at the pages on those Premier catalogs flying!)
Cute babies doing cute things...
Baby J was all smiles and giggles!I guess Katie misunderstood who I was trying to get to smile!
Cute Mama!


peter marie said...

Thanks for those recipes. I didn't get to try the 2nd one, but I very well remember the first one and it was the most amazing thing ever. Now seeing the recipe, I can see why! :) SO worth it!!!

MOPS was so fun!

Following The Fosters said...

im so glad you got a good pic of Oprah! i kept trying while she was talking but she was moving too fast for me! great recipes and pics!

une autre mère said...

Oh, you wanted Tate to smile? And here I thought you were just trying to capture my cheesiness on film. ;)

That was an awesome MOPS! The cake I tried was scrumptious and Oprah was looking fab!

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