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Friday, September 19, 2014

Apple Upside Down Cake

Hi Everyone!  I'm Karen from over at FromtheGardenTable and I am so excited to be posting here at The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom. 

I love following Melissa's projects and especially love her recipes. I absolutely love being in the kitchen (second only to being in the garden) but the best of all is cooking, baking and preserving with what is from my garden or local farms. There is nothing like fresh local food, especially when it's your own! Here in New Hampshire, the fall flavors are taking over, especially apples. After a fun outing of apple picking with the family this is usually one of the first things I bake. 
Apple Upside Down Cake
The cake is sweet, light and buttery which is the perfect compliment to the warm apple top.  It is usually best to use a firm apple in this recipe that will hold it's shape, like Red or Yellow Delicious, especially if going for visual appeal but for this one I used 2 of my favorite apples MacIntosh and Cortlands, which are softer apples and cook down very easily. It's like warm applesauce right on top of the cake! It is absolutely amazing when eaten warm not too long out of the oven! There really are so many options for cooking and baking with apples and I always suffer from "Too many recipes, too little time" but some of my other favorites to make are this Sweet Cider Apple Butter and these wonderful Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins. If you would like to see what else I am making at the From the Garden Table, come on over, I would love to have you! 

Also, check out my Facebook Page and follow me on Pinterest! Happy Autumn!   -Karen

Apple Upside Down Cake
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter, divided
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk

  1. In a large skillet, heat the brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat until melted.
  2. Add the apples and cook over high heat until the apples are fork tender, usually about 6-7 minutes. Transfer to a glass pie plate.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325°
  4. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter with the sugar, until creamy.
  6. Next add the eggs and vanilla.
  7. Add the flour mixture and the milk, alternating between the two, starting and ending with the flour.
  8. Spread the batter over the apples in the pie plate.
  9. Bake for 40 -45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and immediately loosen the edges of the cake from the pie plate.
  11. Place a serving plate over the pie plate and invert onto the serving plate.
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