Sunday, April 20, 2008

An Apple A Day

I had several apples that needed to be eaten and I needed to make a dessert to take to my Mom's for dinner. I looked for a simple recipe to make, but couldn't find one in any of my cookbooks. So I made one up :-)

Apple Spice Upside-Down Cake

For the upside-down part:

  • 1-2 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 stick butter, unsalted and melted
  • 1/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

One-Bowl Spice Cake:

  • 1 1-2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/4. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch pan with non-stick spray. Melt butter, pour into pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Arrange apple slices over gooey mixture in pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. Whisk together. Add milk, vanilla, vegetable oil, and egg. Mix until all the ingredients are combined, but do not over mix.

Pour batter over apples carefully so you don't disturb the apples in the pan. Bake in center of oven for 35-40 minutes. Allow cake to cool for 10-15 in the pan. Invert cake onto platter to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm or at room temp.

NOTE: I only used the uniform apple slices for the bottom of the cake, and ate all the chunky parts :-) I used Red Delicious apples, but use what you have. Pears would be great too.


Hennifer said...

That sounds and looks divine!
I wish I was adventurous in the kitchen :)

Rachel said...

I would never think to make up a recipe!

I started a new blog,, about my cake decorating. Since I have my real life info and I'm planning to tell my friends and family about it, I won't have it linked to my other blog. Since you are a foodie, I thought I'd let you know.

Sarah said...


My husband does 95% of the cooking in our house -- but rarely bakes. I'm going to have to send him here for some delicious ideas.

Olga said...

That looks really, really, really good! I like how all the pieces are so neatly arranged :)

In the summer I made something very similar using plums and nectarines.

Anonymous said...

I had some aging granny smith apples and I didn't feel like turning them into the requisite batch of applesauce. Made this beautiful cake instead. My husband, (who actually hates caramel), put a HURTING on it; yea, we demolished it in two nights :-) Delicious!

Related Posts with Thumbnails