A chocolate cake is what i baked the first time. A hard, chewy chocolate cake. And i dint know a thing about texture or folding. The cake was, well, just another cake and there have been many cakes since. A few did win my heart and a few actually made me think, ” did i really make this?” But i ve learnt my textures, my folding and my sieving. And there has been no looking back since then. I always almost get requests from friends and family alike for a particular cake recipe or bake a cake for them. I ve come a loooooong way down the cake road, i must say. And while i m on that road, i happened to say hi to this upside down apple cake.
Now, its always been a thing between me and upside down cakes. Some sizzling electric love affair i have with these cakes. Ask why? because A) i m a fruit person and B) because i m still a fruit person. Lol. I love fruit in anything. Anything except my biriyani and pulao. How can this cake not be a thing with me??
Recipe For Upside Down Apple Cake
( Cake with apples and caramel)
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 to 45 mins
Bake Temp: 165 C
Source: Adapted from here
Makes a 6″ cake
For The Fruit Layer
Apple 1 large peeled, cored and sliced thinly
Brown sugar 1/2 c
Butter 3 tbsp plus 2 tsp softened and unsalted
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Nutmeg 1/4 tsp
Cloves 1/4 tsp
For The Cake
All purpose flour 3/4 c
Butter 1/2 c softened and unsalted
Egg 1 large at room temperature
Brown sugar 1/2 c plus 1 tbsp powdered
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Milk 2 tbsp at room temperature
Cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Vanilla 1 tsp
Salt a pinch
We ll do the sauce first. But before we begin, make sure you have you apples sliced thinly.
Grease a 6″ round cake tin generously with butter. Line the apples at the bottom of the cake tin making sure they dont overlap each other. If you have apples left, no sweat. Save it for after the sauce.
Now, heat a thick bottomed sauce pan with the ingredients for the fruit layer except the apples.
Once the butter starts melting, keep stirring the mixture until it starts bubbling. Be warned. Getting a splash of that bubbly mixture is not very nice to your skin.
When the mixture starts bubbling, remove from fire and let it cool down a bit. Dont let it cool completely or it will become hard and we wont be able to spread the mixture.
Once cool, pour the mixture evenly onto the apple layer.
In case you had some apples left out, line them up now over the sauce. Set aside.
Lets get the batter started now.
Preheat the oven to 165 C.
In a mixing bowl, sieve together the flour, salt, cinnamon powder and baking powder thoroughly.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy and light.
Now, add the egg and vanilla and whisk until light and well incorporated.
Now, add the sieved flour mixture to the egg mixture and gently fold in using a spatula until well incorporated.
Pour the mixture onto the apple layer in the tin.
Gently drop the tin on the counter once to even out the batter and to get rid of the air bubbles.
Now place the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 mins or until a tooth pick inserted comes clean.
My cake baked in 42 mins precisely. So i would say, watch out after 40 mins.
Once done, let cool completely on a wire rack.
Invert and voila! you have all that beautiful caramel and apple layer!
Slice up and tuck in.