04.29.2013

Apple Upside-down Cake

Well, well… It appears that my attempt to create a Pinterest pin once a week was officially put on hold for awhile while life at the Blair house adjusted to our newest tenant! We are slowly pinning down a schedule that works for us both so hopefully I can start to keep up with my blog and pinning efforts!!

The week before Olive arrived, I created this absolutely scrumptious cake. I have actually made it a few times since then which is definitely saying something about how good it actually is! My husband is definitely a dessert guru, so having this beautiful cake sitting on our cake stand when he comes home from work is just what the doctor ordered!

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The Challenge: Apple Upside-down Cake
Time to Create: 1 hour and 50 minutes
Original Creator: King Arthur Flour

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Ingredients:

Topping

  • 2 medium granny smith apples
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

Cake

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 large granny smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional (I actually used almonds instead!)

Now What?

1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ round cake pan at least 2″ deep. Line the bottom with parchment, and grease the parchment.

2) Slice the top, including the stem, off one of the apples and set it aside before peeling and slicing the rest of the apples into 1/4″ thick wedges.

3) Place the apple top, stem side down, in the middle of the pan, and overlap the rest of the apple wedges in a ring around it.

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4) Prepare the topping by heating the butter, sugar, boiled cider, cinnamon, and corn syrup together over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

5) Pour 1/2 cup of the syrup mixture into the prepared pan, and set the rest aside.

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6) To make the cake: Beat the oil, brown sugar, boiled cider, eggs, spices, and salt together for 2 minutes at medium speed

7) Mix the flour with the baking soda, and stir it into the batter.

8) Add the chopped apple and nuts, and mix until just blended.

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9) Drop scoops of the batter atop the apples in the pan, gently spreading to cover.

10) Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean.

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11) Remove the cake from the oven, and run a thin spatula around the edge to loosen.

12) Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a serving plate, bottom side up. Scrape out any sauce that remains in the pan, and spread it over the cake.

13) Reheat the reserved topping. If butter starts to separate as you reheat, add water by the teaspoon and stir until the butter rejoins the rest of the sauce.

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14) Pour the sauce over the cake. Serve cake warm or at room temperature, with whipped cream if desired.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings.

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