Spiced Delicata Squash Upside Down Cake
Includes a fresh roasted butternut squash puree in place of pumpkin for a brighter color and slightly sweeter, more pumpkin-y flavor.
- 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 small delicata squash, sliced and seeded
- 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup roasted butternut squash puree
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Make the butternut squash puree. Slice the squash in half, deseed, and place face down in a parchment-lined baking dish to roast at 400 degrees F for 30 mins or until soft. Once cooled, scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor if you want it like velvet, or simply mash with a fork if you don't mind it chunky. Time to make the cake.
Butter a 9-inch cake pan and scatter the dark brown sugar along the bottom. Preheat the oven to 350F.
Arrange the delicata squash slices on top of the brown sugar. If not all of the pieces fit, store for future cakes or dinner. (Hot tip: Delicata squash roasts especially well with caraway seeds.)
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs into the pumpkin puree. Add the milk followed by the melted butter, whisking together until everything is combined.
Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Pour the butternut squash puree mixture into the well, mixing into the dry ingredients gradually until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter over the delicata squash slices in the cake pan. Bake in the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out dry.
Allow the cake to cool on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before inverting onto a plate and serving! Save leftovers (if there are any) for breakfast the following morning.photo by Helen Cobb