Heat a 9-inch round cake pan over medium heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add brown sugar and 2 tablespoons butter to pan, stirring until melted. Stir in ginger; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; arrange cranberries on top of brown sugar mixture.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Combine 1/4 cup butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with a mixer at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter; pour batter over cranberries in prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes; run a knife around outside edge. Place a plate upside down on top of cake pan; invert cake onto plate. Top each serving with whipped topping.
Wow! Just made this recipe, exactly as written, and results were delicious! Served on a clear cake pedestal for an after-dinner dessert for a beautiful holiday presentation. All guest loved it and requested recipe. This would make a lovely ending to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Thanks CL for another yummy dish!
The cake was beautiful, but was quite possibly the worst cake I have ever had. The ginger completely overpowered the cake and the cranberries were too sour. If I were to make this again, I would reduce the amount of ginger to 1 teaspoon, cook the cranberries in the brown sugar and butter mixture in a saucepan until they were semi-soft, check and adjust the sweetness, and then pour into the cake pan.
This is very good and very moist, even the first day. A great alternative is to add blueberries and substitute cinnamon for the ginger. The alt. version has a great flavor and is not so holiday-like. Good with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.
This cake was amazing and looked just like the picture! A little labor-intensive with whipping the eggs whites, but well worth it for a light and tasty cake. I added a bit of ground ginger to the cake for a little extra flavor, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
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