I promised this recipe to you in September, then never got to it as Autumn Jubilee took over the blog for a month. Before the harvest season is over, I wanted to share it, although we can usually find apples year round. Living in an apple growing county, we think of this as a fall thing. Anyway, I created this recipe for entry in the Mountain State Fair, and it won a ribbon. It is delicious as a dessert, but My Sweet Babboo polished it off over a few days for breakfast. I think it might make a lovely addition to a Sunday brunch in the fall.
The recipe is simple and quick. Ease of preparation is one of the criteria for the fair competition. Here’s what you need –
2-3 peeled sliced sweet apples such as Honey Crisp, about 3 cups
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 9-oz package Jiffy yellow cake mix
1/2 cup apple juice
Salted Caramel sauce
Yes, one of the flavor ideas is to use apple juice instead of water as the liquid. It added a very subtle note to the cake mix. Preheat oven to 350˚. Spray an 9-inch round baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, spray paper with cooking spray and set aside. Don’t skip this step, without the parchment, the apples will stick to the pan and make a mess when you try to invert the cake onto a plate.
Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, and mix with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
Toss with apple slices, then arrange slices in baking pan overlapping the slices and filling the pan.
Mix cake mix, egg, and apple juice until well mixed.
Then beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes.
Pour over the apples.
Bake 20-30 minutes, until cake springs back in center. Don’t over-bake. Set pan on a rack, cool 5 minutes. Invert cake onto a plate. Allow cake to cool. The parchment paper makes the cake release from the pan nicely. Peel it off.
Drizzle the servings with a salted caramel sauce. I like the Smuckers Salted Caramel Topping, and apparently the judges do too! First place!
Here’s a pdf of the recipe – Apple Upside Down Cake
How do you like them apples?