Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
15 min
1 hr

8 servings

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced apples, such as Cortland, McIntosh, or Macoun (about 3 small apples)
  • The Cake:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Lightly butter the sides of a 9-inch cake pan (not a springform pan).

  • Combine the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan and boil 30 seconds. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the apples all over and press them down slightly to level them.

  • To make the cake, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until very smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  • Sprinkle in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt, and beat 10 seconds. Pour in the milk and beat just until the batter is evenly moistened, about 1 minute. Spoon the batter over the apples and smooth the top.

  • Bake 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry. Run a knife along the outer edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Place a plate over the cake, then flip it over to invert the cake onto the plate. Let the cake cool completely before serving.

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The recipe is a bit vague. I peeled the apples, but this is not specified. Should there be one layer of apples or multiple? I went with one layer, which was possibly a mistake. The 50 min cooking time is way too long, My cake was done in ~30 mins. The cake topping was good, but not the cake itself was too dry and cakey for my liking. I was disappointed with the outcome. I'll find a better recipe for an apple upside-down cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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