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Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #43 and Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake

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This upside-down cake formula is the stuff!

One pan baking, no frosting needed, rich caramelized topping over yummy (and healthy) fruit over dense and moist cake–what’s not to like? We’ve posted banana upside-down cake and pineapple upside-down cake, and gotten lots of response on each.

So, in a new year’s resolution of sticking with a good thing, this week we have Apple Cinnamon Upside-down Cake. After all the flash and excitement of the holidays, it’s good to get back to basics and even better to keep our cooking efforts simple and to the point.

This cake is the perfect January dessert–appropriate for breakfast, lunch, dinner (dessert) or a snack, it’s easy to prepare, serves neatly, and keeps well in the fridge. Just take it out tomorrow or the next day, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds, and you’ll have a treat that tastes like it just came out of the oven.

Because in this early new year, post-holiday lull, we need to keep things simple and to the point. And what better point is there than this quick and easy and versatile dessert?

upside down apple cake

Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (divided)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup milk or buttermilk

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 large apples, peeled and sliced

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Have an 8 or 9-inch round nonstick cake pan ready to use.

Add half of the butter (1/4 cup) to a mixing bowl with the granulated sugar. Cream these ingredients together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and whisk until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Add 1/2 cup of flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and slowly mix into the batter. Before the flour is all the way incorporated, add the milk and remaining 1/2 cup of flour, and slowly mix until all of the ingredients are well incorporated, careful not to over mix.

Add the remaining 1/4 cup of butter to the round cake pan and place in the preheated oven. Once the butter is melted, remove from the oven and stir in the brown sugar. Lay sliced apples onto brown sugar mixture until all of the brown sugar and butter is covered. Pour the cake batter over the apples. Place the cake in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake springs back slightly when touched. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before inverting over a serving plate. Serve this cake warm with whipped cream or ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Makes 1 round cake, or about 8 servings.

apple cinnamon upside down cake

{Adapted from Babble}

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #43, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters Times Two, Serial #43, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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