Remove the pan from the heat and cover
the melted butter with the brown sugar.
Peel the oranges and slice them about -inch thick. Remove the white pith in the
center of each slice and remove any pits. Arrange the slices, cutting some into
smaller shapes if desired, in decorative fashion on top of the sugar.
Put the dried cranberries or cherries in the center of each slice.
Cake batter: Cream the vegetable shortening and molasses in the bowl of an electric
mixer set on medium speed.
Add the egg, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt,
nutmeg, ginger and buttermilk. Beat the ingredients 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down
the sides of the bowl occasionally, until the batter is smooth.
Spoon the batter
over the fruit.
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center
comes out clean.
Invert immediately onto a serving plate but do not remove the pan.
Let stand 8 to 10 minutes, remove pan and let cake cool completely.