Combine two favorite fall flavors to make the ULTIMATE Thanksgiving dessert: Praline Pumpkin Upside Down Cake! Bourbon pralines create the base/top of this cake, then pecans add decoration. Once the pecans are in place, pour the thick pumpkin cake batter into the cake pan, and bake! Flip after removing from the oven and free from the pan, then drizzle with bourbon caramel sauce for the finishing touch. This cake is decadently moist and perfect!
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 oz. bourbon
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon allspice
Bourbon Caramel Glaze
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 oz. bourbon
Make the Topping
Heat a 9" round cake pan over medium-heat on the stovetop.
Melt the butter, and when the butter is melted, add the brown sugar.
When the brown sugar begins to bubble, add the bourbon.
Stir constantly until the bourbon has cooked off, then remove from the heat.
In the bottom of the pan, arrange the pecan halves in the pattern you'd like for the top of the cake. (Please note that you should put the pecan pieces into the pan upside down so they are facing the right direction when the cake is turned out.)
Make the Pumpkin Cake
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large glass bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.
When the butter is melted, add the pumpkin to the mixture with the sugar. Whisk together until smooth and combined.
Add the eggs and vanilla, whisking until smooth.
In another glass bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until smooth and combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be thick, so use a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon to mix at this point.
When the batter has come together, pour onto the prepared topping in the cake pan.
Smooth out the batter until it's evenly distributed in the pan.
Place in the oven, and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. The cake will be a dark golden brown color.
When the cake has baked through, remove from the oven, and let sit for 5 minutes. (No longer than this!)
Run a knife along the edges of the cake. Place a heatproof cake plate on top, and carefully flip the cake to remove it from the pan. Some of the pecans may have gone astray, so you can rearrange them here.
Let the cake cool completely before serving.
Make the Bourbon Caramel Glaze
In a small skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
Add the brown sugar, stirring as it heats, then pour in the bourbon.
The mixture will bubble and pop, so continue stirring and remove from the heat.
Immediately drizzle on top of the cake, and enjoy!
This will make a 9" round cake. The serving size, as listed here, is 8 slices, but it could obviously feed more!