A brown spice cake sitting on a white dish with a white background topped with caramelized sauce and apples in a fan shape

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

A moist cake with a hint of spices topped with rich and buttery caramel apples!


So it was an occasion and we needed a dessert, go figure

 I have always been a big fan of pineapple upside down cake so that totally came to mind

But these are interesting days and we don’t always have what we need and in that context I knew we were out of any kind of pineapples be it fresh or canned

What I also knew was we had a good amount of apples

Hmmmm…

What’s wrong with an apple upside down cake??  Nothing as far as I’m concerned!

When I think of a warm inviting dessert I think of apples and when I think of apples I think of a caramel

So let’s get started!

Preheat your oven to 325 F

We are using a 12 inch cast iron pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil on the bottom and sides

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Now let’s start the caramel

We will need 1 cup of (lightly packed) light brown sugar, 1/3 cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

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Add these ingredients into a small sauce pan over medium low heat

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Cook to a low simmer while whisking

Be careful not to overcook or whisk as you may cause the caramel to seize up

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Once the sugar granules have melted and caramel is smooth pour it into the pan and spread it out

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There are a variety of apples we can use here but we happened to have Gala apples on hand so that’s what we went with

We used 2

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Peel the apples and core them

Our corer also slices the apples but the slices are pretty large so we sliced each one into three thinner slices

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Lay the slices onto the caramel starting with the outer edges and working your way inward towards the center

Don’t worry if there are some apples left over as they make a great snack

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We are taking an easy route here by using a basic boxed yellow cake mix that we will doctor up a bit

Our mix required 1 cup of water, 3 eggs and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil

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Add the cake mix and the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together

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Now I did mention we were going to doctor this up so simply add in 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

I urge you not to skip this step.  Adding in the cinnamon and nutmeg takes an ordinary box cake and makes it taste like a homemade spice cake!

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Mix to incorporate

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Pour the batter over the apples and caramel and spread it out evenly

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Place the pan in the preheated oven

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Bake for 40-60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean

Place the pan on a wire rack and allow the cake to cool for at least 15-20 minutes

Using a thin knife or offset spatula, slide around the outside edges of the cake to separate it from the pan

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Place a pan or plate that is larger then the cake pan over the top and carefully flip them both over

Gently tap the bottom of the pan and remove

You may have an apple slice or two that are trying to escape, this is perfectly normal

Just gently remove them from the pan and place them back on the cake

Yum!!!

Serve warm with ice cream on the side or allow to cool and serve with a nice cup of coffee!

Anyway you slice it I know you’re going to love it!!

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Simply Sundays ~ Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

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Ingredients

I cup (lightly packed) light brown sugar

1/3 cup of butter

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

2 gala apples

1 15.5 ounce box of yellow cake mix

1 cup of water

3 eggs

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325 F.  Spray a 12 inch cast iron pan with cooking oil.  In a saucepan over medium low heat add in 1 cup of (lightly packed) light brown sugar, 1/3 cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Cook to a low simmer while whisking.  Be careful not to overcook or whisk as you may cause the caramel to seize up.  Once the sugar granules have melted and caramel is smooth pour it into the pan and spread it out

Peel and core 2 gala apples.  Cut into fairly thin slices and lay them down over the caramel in the pan starting from the outer edges working your way in towards the center.  Set aside any left over apples slices for another use

Follow the directions for a 15.5 ounce yellow cake mix.  Pour cake mix into a large bowl along with 1 cup of water, 3 eggs and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil and whisk together.  Add in 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nut meg and whisk to combine

Pour the batter over the apples and caramel and spread it out evenly.  Place the pan in the preheated oven.  Bake for 40-60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Place the pan on a wire rack and allow the cake to cool for at least 15-20 minutes; using a thin knife or offset spatula, slide around the outside edges of the cake to separate it from the pan

Place a pan or plate that is larger then the cake pan over the top and carefully flip them both over.  Gently tap the bottom of the pan and remove.  Replace any apple slices that may have stayed in the pan and place them back on the cake

Serve warm or allow to cool and serve

Tools used to make this recipe

Zulay Kitchen Apple Corer

Anchor Hocking 8 Cup Measuring Cup Glass Batter Bowl with Spout

Architec Carving Board, Gripperwood

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Mini Prep Glass Bowl

NuWave Flex Precision Induction Cooktop

Pyrex Prepware 1-Cup Measuring Cup

Royal Classique 10 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set with Silicone Handles

Silicone Flexible Rubber Baking Spatula

Baker’s Secret Cooling Rack

OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisk

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