Mini Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cakes

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Mini cranberry orange upside down cakes are a great dessert for a party or holiday gathering. Made with fresh or frozen cranberries, brown sugar, butter and an orange cake.

Mini cranberry upside down cakes on a pan.

The holidays have seriously snuck up on me this year. I feel like I am a little behind on everything (including this blog post). This is why I like to have recipes that taste delicious but are simple to make. No one will ever know that I have been in my yoga pants all day running around like a crazy person when they take a bite of these cutest ever mini cranberry orange upside down cakes. 

I love the combination of orange and cranberry. The sweetness of the orange balances out the tart of the cranberry. For the mini cakes I used left over frozen cranberries from Thanksgiving and a yellow cake mix. I know, not from scratch but I did change it up a little by using orange juice instead of water and added orange zest.

To Make:

In a small saucepan heat butter and brown sugar. Spoon into muffin cups.

Mini cranberry orange upside down cakes are great for a party or holiday gathering. Made with fresh or frozen cranberries, brown sugar, butter and an orange cake.

Add fresh or frozen cranberries, just enough to cover the muffin cup.

Mini cranberry orange upside down cakes are great for a party or holiday gathering. Made with fresh or frozen cranberries, brown sugar, butter and an orange cake.

Mix together cake mix ingredients and then spoon on top of cranberries. Bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool for 5 minutes before turning out on plate.

Mini cranberry orange upside down cakes are great for a party or holiday gathering. Made with fresh or frozen cranberries, brown sugar, butter and an orange cake.

Small cakes topped with cranberries.

These cakes are great to serve all year round. I am LOVIN the mix of sweet orange cake with the slight tartness of the cranberries. You can serve them warm out of the oven or even room temperature. I also enjoy them with a small dollop of whipped cream.

If you enjoy orange and cranberry, be sure to check out orange roll monkey bread and cranberry lime spritzer.

Mini cranberry upside down cakes on a pan.
5 from 7 votes

Mini Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake

By Heather
Mini Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 15

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • Enough orange juice to replace water on cake box package
  • Oil and eggs called for on package
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  • Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix cake mix, orange juice, oil and eggs until well combined.
  • In a small saucepan stir butter and brown sugar over medium heat and cook until butter melts. (about 3 minutes)
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of butter mixture into each muffin tin.
  • Add a layer of cranberries and then fill each cup 2/3 full with cake batter.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes.
  • Cool for 5 minutes and then take knife around cake edges of each cup.
  • Invert on to a baking sheet.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are really good. I also made bundt cakes,they were the mini pans. I used 4 mini bundt pans and 1 cupcake 12 count pan. Still had enough batter left for about 2 more cupcake size. I took another reviewers advice and added orange zest to the batter.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is it was fabulous and very light and refreshing for the holidays. However I did use mini Bundt pans which was cute and added some orange zest to the batter . Made a orange powdered sugar icing to drizzle on top. (orange zest, powdered sugar and a squeeze of orange)