Praline Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

Prailine Upside Down Pumpkin Cake (adapted from Martha Stewart Living)

  • 2 stick unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup homemade Pumpkin Puree Pumpkin Puree, or canned
  • 1/2 cup warm (110 degrees) milk

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread pecan halves on a baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes or until aromatic.  Remove from the oven and let cool, chop the pecans into small pieces, set aside.

Melt butter in a small sauce pan.  In a 9-by-2-inch round cake pan combine melted butter and brown sugar.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, eggs, milk, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree together until well combined, about 2 minutes.  Add flour mixture; stir with spoon until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool. Let cake rest 5 minutes.

Place a plate over the cake and invert to unmold cake, let cool completely.

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