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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Apple Upside Down Cake



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I found a really pretty recipe for an Apple Upside Down Cake the other day on Looks Really Good.  It did look really good.  I bookmarked it and decided to bake it for the weekend.

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I was well pleased with how it turned out.   She had cut apples into thin slices and used them in the centre of the cake. Mine didn't look as nice as hers did when it came out of the oven and so I popped it under the grill for a few minutes, to sort of candy them.  It did the trick perfectly.

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In all honesty, I probably wouldn't do that again though.  They weren't as soft as I would have liked them to be, no matter how nice they looked, and it's not all that nice having to pick out skin and seeds, etc. when you are eating it.

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They were really pretty though. I think what I might do the next time is to cook a few slices separately and then just lay them on the finished cake for effect once the cake is done, for looks and then remove them prior to cutting the cake to serve.  I think that would work perfectly fine.

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In any case it's a perfectly lovely cake, with a nice moist and lightly spiced batter.  I added nutmeg because nutmeg goes so well with apples.  I also added some lemon extract because I like that in an apple cake as well.   It also helps to enhance the flavour of the vanilla believe it or not!  This is the perfect cake for the weekend!

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*Apple Upside Down Cake*
Makes one 9 inch round cake
Sweetly caramelized apples, atop a deliciously moist and lightly spiced cake.  Fabulous.  


For the apples:
3 medium crisp eating apples
150g of soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup packed)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 TBS butter melted

For the Cake:
245g of plain flour (1 3/4 cup)
pinch salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
115g of butter, softened
145g of caster sugar (3/4 cup_
2 large free range eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon extract
156 ml milk (2/3 cup)  

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Preheat the oven to 165*C/325*F/ gas mark 3.   Butter a nine inch round cake tin well.  Peel and core the apples.  Cut into very thin slices.  Combine the apple sliced with the brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter.   Arrange in the bottom of the cake tin.  (I sliced  one  thinly down the middle, without coring and peeling,  which I lay down first in circles around the tin,  for asthetics purpose.  It did look nice, but is not necessary.)

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Whisk together the salt, flour, baking powder and cinnamon.  Cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.   Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Beat in the vanilla and lemon.   Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, just until blended.  You don't want to overbeat it.   Spoon over the apple slices evenly, spreading to cover completely.  Bake for 55 to 65 minutes until the cake is risen, golden brown and a tooth pick inserted in the centre comes out clean. 

Invert the hot cake onto a large plate.  Leave to stand for 5 minutes and then remove the pan.  Scrape up any fruit slices clinging to the pan and arrange them over the cake.  Eat warm or cold.

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Vanilla Ice Cream or a dollop of creme fraiche go awfully nice with this.

7 comments:

Rosvitha Pakoci said...

I like tarte tatin cakes! This one came out great! Using some other fruits can be awesome too!

http://themostbeautifulcakes.com/

Jenny Short said...

It looks really good.

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Jenny!

La Table De Nana said...

So pretty!!

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Monique!! I am sure you would make a much prettier one! You are the master of presentation! Mine pales in comparison!

Colette Joseph said...

Looks delicious moist!

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Colette! It really is moist and tasty too!