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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

The season of Fall can be such a gorgeous time of the year! - especially when the sun shines, the leaves have turned colors and there is a certain crispness in the air.....and of course when there are goreous FRESH apples to be picked.  :-)  There is simply nothing better than FRESH apples!  FRESH apples to eat in your hand, FRESH apples to have in a large bowl as a decoration and of course FRESH apples to bake with all make me so very happy!

I am sure I will be sharing with you lots of apple recipes in the next couple of months as I enjoy apples in this season of Fall.  The first apple recipe that I'd like to share with you is called Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake.  What a gem of a recipe! As soon as I saw it on SnoWhite's blog Finding Joy in My Kitchen I knew I had to make it ASAP! - just the idea of baking a cake that has a topping of caramel and apples and that it is "upside down" made me melt.....d'lish!  I thank SnoWhite over and over again for offering such lovely recipes.  She is truly a talented woman in the kitchen! - as is her hubby too! Take a moment and go check out Finding Joy in My Kitchen  if you have yet to do so already.

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake
(recipe adapted from SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen which was adapted from Betty Crocker)


1/4 cup butter

1/8 cup heavy cream or whipping cream

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

4 medium apples - peeled, cored and sliced

1 box white or yellow cake mix

1 1/4 cup water

1/3 cup oil or applesauce (I used canola oil)

2 eggs

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in a large sauce pan.  Add in cream and brown sugar as butter melts.....stir and heat until butter is completely melted and sugar and cream are well incorporated.

2. Grease a 9x13 pan and then carefully pour caramel mixture into prepared pan...

.....Use a rubber spatula to spread all over base of baking pan....

3. Prepare apples by peeling, coring and cutting. I cut my apples into quarters and then into 4th's - next time I think I will cut my apples thicker (only into 3rds from the quarter size pieces of apples)....cut thinner or thicker as you wish.

4. Layer your apple slices all over caramel layer...

5. Prepare cake mix with water, oil (or applesauce), eggs and spices.  Mix well all together and then gently pour over apple layer...

6. Bake in preheated oven (350) for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 

 Cool cake for 10 minutes and then loosen sides of the cake before carefully flipping cake over onto a serving platter. I used a tin foil wrapped cookie sheet as a platter since I don't have a platter big enough for a 9x13 cake - (Note to self....keep eyes open for such a platter).  Keep cake pan upside down for a good minute before removing so as to allow all the caramel juices to have plenty of time to come off the bottom of the pan.

Gorgeous!  Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

Serve warm with cinnamon whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.....Dee'LISH!

Happy Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake Baking!

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  1. Oh my gosh, that IS gorgeous Avril! I can taste it now (I wish!!). Using a box mix makes it that much easier too, but it's still homemade (if that made any sense). I'm glad I'm not the only person that likes anchovies, lol. I think there are just a few of us out there. Glad I could post a recipe that represents your heritage. :o) Enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. That looks like a wonderful cake...yum!

  3. MMMMMM!!!! I think I am going to swap a spice cake mic for the yellow and see how that goes :) I bought a peck of gala apples from Trader Joe's that I need to use up. As always, great, great job!

  4. I'm glad I wasn't the only one without a platter that size!! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Oh, this looks and sounds delicious! Yum!

  6. Avril, This cake looks fantastic! I think I would prefer it over the traditional pineapple upside down cake:) YUM!

  7. Looks delicious! I have an apple dessert on my list for this week too. That can only mean it's Fall :)

  8. Yummy! I've been craving apples lately and we just ran out. Hopefully I can get some at the farmer's market tomorrow!

  9. This looks SO good! And perfect for fall weather! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh, yum! I just love anything with caramel. And turning the cake out makes for a pretty cake.

  11. Pure heaven tight here, bookmarked!

  12. I love cake and my husband loves apple pie - this recipe would suit us both.
    It looks very yummy!



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