Celebrating life along the way is one of my favorite things to do. And what better way to celebrate than with a festive Cranberry Upside Down Cake.
I am a big fan of celebrations. Not the huge elaborate or expensive kind, but more the simple family style ones.
Growing up it was just my mom, dad, sister and I as far as family went. With all of our extended family living far far away overseas, we really depended on each other for support and encouragement. And one thing that my parents did so well back then and still do to this day, is celebrate hard work and accomplishments.
My favorite part of this tradition is that fact that our little family celebrations were not centered on buying stuff but instead they were about sending time together as a family, doing something fun, or gathering around a special cake my mom made.
I have so many fond memories of our family celebrating things like good grades, graduations, promotions or even become citizens. Each celebration focused on the 4 of us showing how proud we were of one another, acknowledging accomplishments without judgement or envy, and spending time together.
Those are some of my fondest childhood memories and I still feel a little bit of that when I make an upside down cake and eat it with my tiny family.
In honor of the holiday season, cranberries are the star in this homemade cake. Cranberry upside down cake has become my favorite cake over the last few years. The combination of tart cranberries with rich caramel sitting over a lightly sweetened orange kissed cake is absolute comfort for me.
A cake that is beautiful in its own rustic way and will proudly stand among gussied up holiday desserts. Simple, elegant and perfectly festive, this cake embodies all those little celebrations I shared with my family as a kid and all the ones I hope to celebrate and share with my family now.
If you are looking for a lovely festive way to show someone love this holiday season, a Cranberry Upside Down Cake and a little love will do the trick.
Slightly adapted from Simply Recipes’ Cranberry Upside Down Cake.