I have a few recipes marked to try, but this one stood out. I recalled an episode of some baking reality show where all the bakers had to make an upside down cake of any variety, as long as it contained fruit. I liked the sound of cherries and thyme, and thought it would be gorgeous with the variety of colors of cherries.
Cherry Thyme Upside Down Cake(recipe found on MyRecipes.com)
- 6 tablespoons (3 oz.) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup fresh Bing cherries, pitted and halved (about 6 oz.)
- 1 cup fresh Rainier cherries, pitted and halved (about 6 oz.)
- Thyme sprigs
- 1 1/3 cups (about 5 3/4 oz.) all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- Whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream
Step 1Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the Topping: Place butter in a 9-inch round baking pan, and place in preheated oven until butter is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Tilt pan to coat sides with butter. Stir brown sugar into melted butter in bottom of pan until smooth, spreading it evenly on bottom of pan. Decoratively arrange cherries, cut-side down, and thyme sprigs on brown sugar mixture.
Step 2Prepare the Cake: Whisk together flour, thyme leaves, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Step 3Beat together brown sugar and butter in bowl of electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add egg and vanilla, beating until fully incorporated, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture and sour cream; beat on low until just moistened. Stir ingredients by hand until fully incorporated.
Step 4Dollop cake mixture over fruit, and spread evenly to sides of pan. Bake in preheated oven until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto a large cake plate. Let cool 5 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle with more thyme leaves, and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
I paid attention to the instructions and barely mixed the batter, so the crumb was very tender. The cherries end up the texture of grapes, maybe, or peaches, not so much the cherries in the end, but the flavor is intense.