Upside Down Apple Cake
What? Another apple cake recipe, when there seem to be a plethora of them at this time of year? Well yes, because A) Like cheesecake, you can never have enough apple cake recipes and B) This one is an upside-down apple cake, a cake oozing with sticky, buttery and sugary goodness that I can’t get enough of.
If you’ve followed my blog over the years, you know I’ve made upside-down cakes using lots of different fruits, including the classic pineapple, but also pears, figs, blood oranges, plums, cranberries, peaches, and there are still more to try.
This cake would make a nice addition to the traditional pumpkin pie on your Thanksgiving table, too. I made it twice in the last week or so, once with walnuts added (top photo) and the second time without walnuts, (photos below) but with an extra caramel sauce drizzled on top. It doesn’t really need either item, but the caramel sauce helped disguise a crack in the center of the cake after I flipped it too vigorously onto the plate.
And speaking of the plate, isn’t she a beauty? That two-toned blue and beige platter was made by a friend of mine – a gifted potter named Jacalynn McCord. I hadn’t seen her since we graduated from high school eons ago, but we recently reconnected at a reunion and had a blast catching up. Back when Cher was still not allowed to show her naval on TV, Jackie and I (along with some other classmates) were members of a folk-singing group. We played the world-famous nursing home/bar mitzvah circuit, singing covers of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan songs – and even cut a record! But that was two or three lifetimes ago.
Jackie went on to study art and become a talented potter and runs a business called Lion Paw Pottery. The name derives from her alma mater, Penn State University, whose mascot is the Nittany Lion. Many, but not all, of her designs feature lion paw prints (for those diehard PSU fans) and she’ll custom-make an item too. You can peruse her website here. I think her platter shows off this cake beautifully, and I’m sure you readers will be seeing it on future posts featuring other foods as well.
Just a word about the cake – It’s delicious at any temperature, but best the day it’s made, and when it’s warm from the oven, it’s irresistible.
- FOR THE APPLES:
- ¾ cup lightly packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- pinch kosher salt
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced ½" thick
- FOR THE CAKE:
- 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¾ cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease with butter and dust with flour an 8" round cake pan. (I used a springform pan, but some of the butter leaked causing spillage in the oven. If you use a springform pan, place it on a cookie sheet with a sheet of aluminum foil, or parchment paper underneath it.)
- In a small saucepan over medium heat melt brown sugar, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
- Cook until slightly thickened, about two minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
- In another large bowl, using a mixer, beat together butter and sugars until softened.
- Add eggs one at a time. then add vanilla.
- Add half the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, beating until just combined.
- Pour in milk and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Pour batter over apples and bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean 1 hour.
- Let cool in pan 15 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack and let cool completely before slicing.
I agree Linda, one can never have enough Apple Cake recipes! How lucky we are that there are so many varieties! This upside version looks very tasty!
How wonderful to connect with old friends! It really does make you appreciate these special moments. Thanks for sharing!
come rinunciare ad una fetta di torta di mele? Impossibile !Bellissima questa versione di torta rovesciata, bravissima Linda ! Un bacione
Your apple cake looks grand. We usually have an apple pie with our American Thanksgiving dinner, but I’m going to mix it up this year and go with your apple upside down cake.
Wow, you’re a rock star too. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing to see you in you folk group days. Have any images? Jackie’s platter is lovely. I had a look at her work and it’s all nice, but I really liked the Iris bowl.
Absolutely, one can never have enough Apple Cake recipes and this one looks perfect at any time of year; that syrupy topping had me at first glance. This is ideal for Thanksgiving morning, it certainly would gather a few helpers in the kitchen.
I can always use one more recipe using apples and this one looks like a keeper. I would be happy to have a slice for breakfast!
This looks like a perfect coffee cake for this time of the year! I always have apples on hand and this is a wonderful way to use them up as a delicious treat.
This looks wonderful, Linda! But frankly, I’m more impressed about your folk singing and record! Wish there was a way you could share it for all of us to hear 🙂
Yes, this would be a wonderful addition to any Thanksgiving table. Even if you like pumpkin pie, which I don’t… 😉
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