Thursday, January 26, 2012

Upside Down Apple Cake

        I saw this cake on pinterest.  Yes, I am addicted and have a problem.  
        So, I had to make it, of course!!  So glad I did!  I had a hankering to bake the other day. . .  been kinda slacking on this blogging thing.  So, I went through my mammoth book of recipes printed from the computer and found this little beauty.  So, a few apples, some caramel and dumping stuff in a bowl later, I got my cake and ate it too!  It is such a pretty little cake, and it tastes delicious.  Lick the caramel sauce off your plate good.  And an easy recipe that looks fancy.  Who doesn't love that?
          recipe slightly adapted from:
        • 2 medium 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
        • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used a drained applesauce in the 3/4 cup and filled the rest with oil)
        • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
        • 2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate
        • 2 large eggs
        • 1 tsp vanilla
        • 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 Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
        • 1 large apple, peeled and finely chopped
        • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional (I wished I had omited, perhaps put on top?)

        For boiled cider:  Boil  1 cup cider for 15-20 minutes, until reduced by 2/3rds. (That's more than half ;-)

        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.  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.  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.
        Prepare the topping by heating the butter, sugar, boiled cider, cinnamon, and corn syrup together over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.  Pour 1/2 cup of the syrup mixture into the prepared pan, and set the rest aside.  To make the cake: Beat the oil, brown sugar, boiled cider, eggs, spices, and salt together for 2 minutes at medium speed.  Mix the flour with the baking soda, and stir it into the batter.  Add the chopped apple and nuts, and mix until just blended.  Drop scoops of the batter atop the apples in the pan, gently spreading to cover.
        Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean.   Remove the cake from the oven, and run a thin spatula around the edge to loosen.   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.  Let it cool for a few minutes.  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.  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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