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Apple Upside-down cake is beautiful, tasty and easy bake.
You can use any fruit to bake an upside-down cake but the common ones are apples, pears, pineapples, peaches, apricots.
Since the cake is pretty and easy to bake and there is no need to frost it is a popular gift. I myself prefer to gift the upside-down cake. The plus, huge plus is that it is simple to make.
When I first baked apple upside-down cake my daughters ate just the apples and I was left with just plain cake. So anytime I bake the cake I get nostalgic. this is one of my most popular cakes and I am asked to bake it regularly.
There are many variations od an Upside-down Cake
I have made the cake with pears but you can add caramel then add the fruit, bake in cast iron, bundt, mini pans. Add cinnamon, mint, zest, rhubarb as herbs along with the fruit.
How to make the Upside-down Cake
The technique to make an upside-down is to sprinkle sugar and arrange the fruit on top, add your cake batter and bake. When the cake is still warm invert on a plate. The waiting time in the tin for the apple upside-down cake is about 10 minutes. Since the cake is very delicate do not rush at this step your cake may break.
How to store the cake
In warm climates like ours, I will say store the cake in the fridge for 2-4 days. Get it out about 1 hour before serving.
To store the upside-down cake I will suggest using an airtight container and with enough space over the cake. But if you have to use a plastic wrap then do not let the plastic come in contact with the cake. Add toothpicks so that it forms a tent.
The main ingredients for Apple Upside-down Cake
Apple or the Fruit: You can peel the apples, I, however, do not peel the apples. The amount of fruit you will need will depend on the fruit. Smaller fruit you will need more. I needed 3 medium-sized apples to bake my 8-inch cake.
Butter: Use butter salted or unsalted. In case you use unsalted butter add a pinch of salt to your cake batter. I use salted Amul butter.
Cake Flour: In case, like me, you cannot access cake flour replace 1 tsp of maida with 1 tbsp of cornflour for every cup of maida or All-Purpose Flour.
Eggs, Baking Powder, Milk, Sugar and Essence: the essentials for a good cake.
To peel or not to peel
Apple when unpeeled give a beautiful colour, texture to the cake. We get the Kashmiri apples and so they do not have tough peels they blend well with the cake. Also, there are people who argue that the nutritive value of apples is lost if peeled. You can peel the apples if you wish. I keep them as I like the colour.
My method of cutting the apples for apple upside-down cake
In case you are peeling them then peel one at a time. Cut the apple in quarters with a sharp knife. Take one quarter and dunk the rest of apple pieces in water to prevent browning. Remove the core and make thin slices. Toss the slices in the water again. Repeat till you finish all the apples.
Apple Upside-Down Cake
- Hand-Held Beater
For the fruit layer:
- 2 tbsp butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 apples sliced thin
For the Cake:
- 3 tbsp milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 ½ cups sifted cake flour** see notes
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 13 tbsp unsalted butter softened [184 grms]
- Grease the cake mould with butter.
- Sprinkle the sugar. Arrange the apple slices. Set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 180⁰C/350⁰ F.
- Lightly whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl.
- Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until blended.
- Add the butter and half the egg mixture, and mix until dry ingredients are moistened.
- On medium speed beat for one minute. This will aerate and develop the cake’s structure. Scrape down the sides.
- Add the remaining egg mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds between each addition. Scrape down the sides.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth surface with a spatula.
- Bake for 35-50 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Let cake cool on a rack in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a greased wire rack.
- If using a loaf pan, flip the cake over so the top is up.
Other Bakes that may interest you:
- Utterly Delicious Pecan Pie
- Eggless Quiche
- No-Bake Chocolate Pie
- Layered Angel Cake the British Version
- Honey Cake for the Jewish New Year
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