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Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe

Looking for an easy Apple Upside Down Cake recipe? Learn how to make Apple Upside Down Cake using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by cmgold

Makes 16 servings



Apple Upside Down Cake- variation from the America's Test Kitchen Website

Recipe Ingredients for Apple Upside Down Cake

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter , cut into 4 pieces, plus extra for pan
4 Granny Smith apples or Golden Delicious (about 2 pounds), peeled and cored
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (5 ounces)
1 tablespoon cornmeal (optional)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar (5 1/4 ounces)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons Applesauce

Recipe Directions for Apple Upside Down Cake

  1. Instructions

  2. 1. FOR THE TOPPING: Butter bottom and sides of 9-inch round, 2-inch-deep nonstick cake pan; set aside. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees.

  3. 2. Halve apples from pole to pole. Cut 2 apples into 1/4-inch-thick slices; set aside. Cut remaining 2 apples into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Heat butter in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. When foaming subsides, add 1/2-inch-thick apple slices and cook, stirring 2 or 3 times, until apples begin to caramelize, 4 to 6 minutes. (Do not fully cook apples.) Add 1/4-inch-thick apple slices, brown sugar, and lemon juice; continue cooking, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and apples are coated, about 1 minute longer. Transfer apple mixture to prepared pan and lightly press into even layer. Set aside while preparing cake.

  4. 3. FOR THE CAKE: Whisk flour, cornmeal (if using), baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk granulated sugar, brown sugar, and eggs together in large bowl until thick and homogeneous, about 45 seconds. Slowly whisk in butter and applesauce until combined. Add sour cream and vanilla; whisk until combined. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into pan and spread evenly over fruit. Bake until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

  5. 4. Cool pan on wire rack 20 minutes. Run paring knife around sides of cake to loosen. Place wire rack over cake pan. Holding rack tightly, invert cake pan and wire rack together; lift off cake pan. Place wire rack over baking sheet or large plate to catch any drips. If any fruit sticks to pan bottom, remove and position it on top of cake. Let cake cool 20 minutes (or longer to cool it completely), then transfer to serving platter, cut into pieces, and serve.

  6. Technique

  7. Moist and Fruity Apple Upside-Down Cake

  8. 1. PRECOOK APPLES

  9. Precook half of apples in butter to deepend their flavor and reduce their volume, allowing more to be added.

  10. 2. ADD FRESH APPLES

  11. Add raw apples, brown sugar, and lemon juice to pan, then cook briefly to preserve fresh flavor.

  12. 3. PRESS INTO PAN

  13. Transfer apple topping to cake pan and gently press into even layer.

  14. 4. ADD BATTER AND BAKE

  15. Spread batter over apple topping and bake.

  16. 5. SET AND COOL

  17. Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes to help set apple topping, then transfer to cooling rack to keep cake bottom dry.

Categories

Dessert

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 83.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
175
Calories from Fat
53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
5.9g
9%
Saturated Fat
3.4g
17%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
39mg
13%
Sodium
115mg
5%
Potassium
113mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates
29.7g
10%
Dietary Fiber
1.1g
4%
Sugars
21.5g
Protein
2.0g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 4% Iron 3%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
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    Bad points
  • Very high in sugar
  • Contains alcohol
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