Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie
Nothing says fall like a warm spiced apple dessert, and this Apple Upside Down Cake will definitely impress – it’s so incredibly rich and delicious.
- ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 small Granny Smith apples
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt, optional and to taste
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Using a 9” cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat until bubbly. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Do not stir, but allow to sit over heat for just a minute until it starts to dissolve. Remove from heat.
- Peel the apples, cut them in half, and remove the seeds and stem portion. Set them face down on a cutting board and cut the halves into thin slices while maintaining the original shape. Gently place these apple slices in a circular spoke pattern in the butter and brown sugar mixture.
- To make the cake batter, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
- Separately, mix together egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and applesauce. Add this wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just to combine. Do not over mix – this will be very similar to pancake batter.
- Pour over apple pieces taking care not to change their position.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before inverting onto plate.
- Store in airtight container. Best if eaten within 1-2 days because apples will brown over time.
- Why should pineapple claim all the glory when you can turn just about any fruit into an upside down cake? Banana? Sure. Pumpkin? Why not. Apple? Most certainly. With just a few tricks, you can alter this recipe to incorporate any fruit you'd like. The only question you need to answer is if that particular fruit goes well with buttery sugar. I would imagine the answer would be yes 99% of the time.
- A good upside down cake made from scratch starts with butter and sugar. I prefer to use brown sugar because it just tastes so darn delicious.