Apple Upside Down Cake

Upside Down Apple Cake with caramel sauce and apple wedges in a flour cornmeal batter.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white, granulate sugar divided (1/2 cup and 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Braeburn, Jonagold, or Golden Delicious apples (about 4 medium), peeled, quartered, cored, each quarter cut into 2 wedges
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Special equipment needed:

  • 1-9-inch cake pan with 1 1/2-inch high sides

Method

1 Preheat the oven and prep the cake pan: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Butter the sides of the cake pan. Line the pan with a 10-inch round of parchment paper. The paper will come up 1/2-inch up the sides of the pan. Butter the parchment paper.

2 Make the caramel sauce base: Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add 1/2 cup sugar and cook until sugar dissolves and mixture turns golden brown, stirring occasionally (use a wooden spoon), about 6 minutes.

3 Add the apple wedges and cook in the caramel sauce: Add apple wedges to the pan and gently stir to distribute the caramel evenly across the apples. Cover the pan and cook until apples release their juices, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until apples are tender and caramel thickens and coats the apples, stirring occasionally, about 13 minutes more.

4 Remove apples and caramel sauce and spread evenly in the prepared cake pan.

5 Make the batter: Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside. Place cornmeal in a large mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the cornmeal and stir to blend.

Add 3/4 cup sugar and 6 Tbsps (3/4 stick) butter to the cornmeal mixture. Beat until well blended. Beat in vanilla and eggs.

Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder mixture alternating with the milk. Pour the batter over the apples in the cake pan.

6 Bake: Bake at 350°F until top is golden and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Cool cake in the pan for 5 minutes. Then run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the sides of the pan. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving plate or dish, and remove the parchment paper. Cool for 15 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.