Apples are coming in off the trees by the crate-load. What is more quintessentially autumn than plucking an apple off the tree and enjoying it right there in the fall sunshine? I used to go apple picking as a child, and in those days we were allowed to climb the trees to pick. I can still remember the sensation of picking an apple at the top of the tree (or as top as I got) and then biting into the white sweet-sour juiciness. Not something one easily forgets! Well, I don’t climb trees anymore, but I do still pick apples (luckily our trees are dwarfed) and one of my favorite things to do with apples is an upside-down cake. I love upside-down cakes, and I think I have made them out of almost every kind of fruit that one can. Pear, plum, pineapple, rhubarb to mention a few. But nothing beats apple! I like to do this in a cast iron skillet — I think it tastes better, and it’s easy!
Apple Upside Down Cake
CHANGE SERVING SIZE
COOK TIME20 to 25mins.
READY IN5 to 7mins.
- 4 to 5 apple(s) tart, firm, peeled, cored and cut into thick wedges
- 1 3/4 sticks butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- For the cake:
- 1 stick butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 egg(s) large
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/2 cup flour all purpose
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In a 9 to 10 inch skillet, melt the 1 3/4 sticks butter over low heat.
- Add the 3/4 sugar and stir, then place apple slices, wedge side down in the pan.
- No need to pack tightly, but don’t leave gaps.
- Allow this to cook over low heat while making batter.
- In a bowl, measure out flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 1 stick of butter and 2/3 c sugar until light and fluffy.
- Mix in vanilla and eggs.
- Add sour cream and mix well.
- Gradually add flour mixture until just combined.
- Remove skillet from heat.
- Spoon batter over the top, then spread gently so batter is evenly distributed.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cake is golden and bubbly.
- Allow the cake to sit in the skillet for 5 to 7 minutes, then invert onto a serving plate.
- Best served warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.