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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