Upside-Down Apple Cake

Overflown with apples, yet can’t remember the best cake recipe? Let’s try this upside down apple cake from the top of the precipice!

Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMomApples are great gift to humanity. Without them we would still be plucking fruits from branches or foraging for nuts and berries without as much as a loincloth.

But it seems like, we only remember the bad things that happened to us and tend to skip on the good ones. We all know too well about the out casting from paradise, falling apples hitting the head or the red apple poisoning an unsuspecting girl.

But what happened after that, fewer of us cares or remembers. The societies we built with the knowledge we acquired, the understanding of the surrounding world we explored, or the arrival of prince charming and the happy ending.

Well, we may remember prince charming just fine because they lived happily ever after, but our memories get murky with the rest of them. Interestingly it’s not because we don’t care about good things but because bad things are much more important to keep in our memories for our survival than good things.

It’s worth to highlight though that we remember prince charming because the survival of our species depends on reproduction just as much as our individual success making it alive long enough to find a soul mate or someone to have fun with.

So, it seems that our memory is here to keep us alive by remembering the bad things that could kill us. It’s a lucky coincidence that there is extra space developed where we can house other memories, personal thoughts and before the advance of writing or nowadays the internet, crucial recipes too.

Upside down cakes are -as their name implies- cakes with their upside down. Or at least they are, until baked and taken out of the oven.

Once the cake is ready for the springform to be removed, it’s turned over, so the topping gets to its right place, on the top of the cake. Generous amount of sugar is usually applied onto the baking pan before the topping is placed in which converts to caramelized sugar during baking, creating a tooth aching layer of sweetness that overwhelms anything placed above (or essentially under) it.

If we opt to skip on sugar -as those on sugar free diet do- we can achieve more diverse flavor development with a variety of fruit as opposed to plain sweet cakes with something squishy on top.

Pineapple upside down cakes are fan favorites for a reason, due to their sweet and sour flavors but if we can get the base right, then other fruit can be equally exciting or sometimes even more.

There is no rule about the batter we use to make an upside-down cake. As long as we place the fruit layers at the bottom and pour the batter over it, we are golden.

To make apple upside down cake, we can opt for a simple sponge cake batter, a more exciting pound cake batter or go all  in and make even the batter filled with apple like it is the case with applesauce cake.

The key to apple upside down cakes -and in fact most desserts with apple- is the cinnamon, that should only be permitted to skip on rare occasions and only with written justification in hand.

We can take the game to the next level around Christmas and pour in all the typical spices and herbs that could overwhelm our senses around this time of the year. Nutmeg, ginger, cloves are all goes well with cinnamon, creating something worth longing for.

Of course, some/all of those can be skipped too if our soul is satisfied by fueling our Christmas spirit with gingerbread man’s only.

Hopefully, it will be enough and the Grinch won’t ruin our mood or cakes which could easily happen if it’s our first time making upside down cake. Especially if we opt for the more advanced level applesauce and baking soda variety.

It’s important to highlight the necessity of following the mixing order of the ingredients, since applesauce and baking soda are reactive items which results, we plan to use to raise our cakes.

If we don’t add one of them to the batter at the end and we aren’t fast enough to place the cake into the preheated oven, we end up with cakes that is worth remembering for reasons, we don’t like cakes to be remembered of.Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Apple sauce

Making apple sauce is easy but buying it is easier. Applesauce cake needs about 2 cups / 500g Applesauce.

  • 1 lb / 500g Apple
  • ½ cup / 125ml Water
  • ½ / 10g Lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon / 15ml Lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon / 2.5g Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon / 2.5g Salt

Topping

  • 3 medium / 600g Apple (peeled)
  • ½ Lemon’s juice
  • 1 teaspoon / 2g Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons / 30g Butter

Applesauce cake

  • 3 tablespoon / 50g Butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 pieces / 110g Eggs
  • 2 cups / 500g Applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon / 5ml Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon / 5g Salt
  • 2 teaspoon / 5g Cinnamon
  • 2½ cup / 300g Flour
  • 1 teaspoon / 7g Baking soda
  • Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger (ground)
  • ½ teaspoon / 1.25g Nutmeg (ground)
  • ¼ teaspoon / 1.25 Allspice (ground) (highly recommended)

Kitchen utensils

  • Ø8½” / Ø21cm Spring baking form

How to Make Upside-down Apple Cake

Apple sauce

  1. Peel, core and slice up the apples.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  2. Pour water into a pot then add the apples, lemon peel, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  3. Place a lid on, bring it to boil. Reduce heat and cook apples until soft, for about 30 minutes.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  4. Remove the lemon peel then puree the apples with an immersion blender.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Topping

  1. Peel and slice the apples. Drizzle half a lemon’s juice on top so the apples won’t brown.Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom
  2. Mix melted butter with cinnamon. Apples should be sweet enough but if additional sweetener is used, this is the time to add it. Sugar soaked traditional apple cakes use sugar instead of butter which caramelizes during the baking, rendering all apple flavor and sweetness. unrecognizable.Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom
  3. Spread melted butter with cinnamon on the bottom of the springform. Wait for a couple of minutes until it sets.Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom
  4. Place the apple slices on top of the butter. Don’t press down, just gently place.Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom

Apple Cake

  1. Melt butter or simply use vegetable oil. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.Beat-egg-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  2. Add the apple sauce and vanilla extract. Beat in salt, cinnamon and any optional ingredients like ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Allspice is highly recommended as it gives the cake a completely different character.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  3. Beat in the flour in batches, finally add the baking soda. It’s important to add baking soda at the end, without delay pour the batter into a baking form then place it into the preheated oven, otherwise the cake won’t raise.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  4. Pour the batter into the springform on top of the apples. Make sure to be quick about it.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  5. Place the batter into the middle rack of a 360°F / 180°C preheated oven until golden brown spots start to appear on top, about 30 minutes.Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  6. Let it cool off a bit then remove the springform from the side. If the cake has risen a bit too much, we won’t have a level cake that could ruin our apple topping design once turned over, so level the cake by cutting off the protruding part. Use the leftover for domino cake if necessary or just whip up some cream cheese topping for applesauce cake bites.Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom
  7. Place a big enough plate on top then turn the cake upside down. Remove the bottom of the springform carefully as some of the apple pieces may stick to it. Use a spatula to ensure smooth transition.Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom

Enjoy!

Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom
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Upside-Down Apple Cake

Overflown with apples, yet can't remember the best cake recipe? Let's try this upside down apple cake from the top of the precipice!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 206kcal
Author SunCakeMom

Equipment

  • Ø8½" / Ø21cm Spring baking form

Ingredients

Apple sauce
  • 1 lb Apple
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ / 10 g Lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
Topping
  • 3 medium Apple peeled
  • ½ Lemon's juice
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
Applesauce cake
  • 3 tablespoon Butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 pieces Eggs
  • 2 cups Applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • Optional
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger ground
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Allspice ground (highly recommended)

Instructions

Apple sauce

  • Peel, core and slice up the apples.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Pour water into a pot then add the apples, lemon peel, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Place a lid on, bring it to boil. Reduce heat and cook apples until soft, for about 30 minutes.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Remove the lemon peel then puree the apples with an immersion blender.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom

Topping

  • Peel and slice the apples. Drizzle half a lemon's juice on top so the apples won't brown.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Mix melted butter with cinnamon. Apples should be sweet enough but if additional sweetener is used, this is the time to add it. Sugar soaked traditional apple cakes use sugar instead of butter which caramelizes during the baking, rendering all apple flavor and sweetness. unrecognizable.
    Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom
  • Spread melted butter with cinnamon on the bottom of the springform. Wait for a couple of minutes until it sets.
    Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom
  • Place the apple slices on top of the butter. Don't press down, just gently place.
    Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom

Apple Cake

  • Melt butter or simply use vegetable oil. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
    Beat-egg-yolk-gp-SunCakeMom
  • Add the apple sauce and vanilla extract. Beat in salt, cinnamon and any optional ingredients like ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Allspice is highly recommended as it gives the cake a completely different character.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Beat in the flour in batches, finally add the baking soda. It's important to add baking soda at the end, without delay pour the batter into a baking form then place it into the preheated oven, otherwise the cake won't raise.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Pour the batter into the springform on top of the apples. Make sure to be quick about it.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Place the batter into the middle rack of a 360°F / 180°C preheated oven until golden brown spots start to appear on top, about 30 minutes.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Let it cool off a bit then remove the springform from the side. If the cake has risen a bit too much, we won't have a level cake that could ruin our apple topping design once turned over, so level the cake by cutting off the protruding part. Use the leftover for domino cake if necessary or just whip up some cream cheese topping for applesauce cake bites.
    Applesauce cake - SunCakeMom
  • Place a big enough plate on top then turn the cake upside down. Remove the bottom of the springform carefully as some of the apple pieces may stick to it. Use a spatula to ensure smooth transition.
    Upside-Down Apple Cake - SunCakeMom

Notes

Enjoy!

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 206kcal (10%) | Carbohydrates: 37g (12%) | Protein: 3g (6%) | Fat: 6g (9%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg (2%) | Sodium: 402mg (17%) | Potassium: 155mg (4%) | Fiber: 4g (17%) | Sugar: 13g (14%) | Vitamin A: 119IU (2%) | Vitamin C: 6mg (7%) | Calcium: 19mg (2%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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