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Monday, September 24, 2012

Upside Down Apple Spice Cake

I know it seems far away, but Thanksgiving is actually right around the corner. Thinking about Thanksgiving already? am I crazy?! No. Just hungree for my favorite holiday of all time, duh. Well, this is a recipe that I'd like to have on my Thanksgiving dessert table. It captures the flavors of the fall harvest, warms your soul, and would be the perfect table companion for a pumpkin pie. So yes, we all love apple pie, but we love apple cake too, especially this one. A dense apple spice cake is baked on top of a layer of fresh apples and a brown sugar caramel sauce. When the pan is flipped, you are treated to the breathtaking view of a gentle layering of caramelized apples, dripping their brown sugar juiciness onto the sides of the cake. It's beyond. Especially the next day for breakfast with a cup of hot chocolate/coffee/tea. Ya, I know, you want it.
5 apples, skins ON
3 sticks butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs molasses
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp each: ground nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ginger

Recipe: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice 3 of the apples into thing rings. Grease a springform pan. Arrange the rings in a a circular pattern, covering the bottom of the pan. In a saucepan, melt 1/2 stick of butter. Once melted, add 1 cup brown sugar. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes, until it thickens and starts to bubble. Pour this caramel mixture over the apples on the bottom of the pan, set aside.

Chop the remaining 2 apples into 1/2 inch pieces. Melt the rest of the 1/2 stick of butter in the same caramel pan. Once melted, add the diced apples. Cover, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

 Using an electric mixer, cream the remaining 2 sticks butter and sugar in a medium sized bowl until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sour cream, syrups, and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl (flour, baking powder, salt, spices) and gradually add to wet mixture on low and mix until well combined. Stir in the diced softened apples by hand. Pour the batter over the caramel covered apples in the spring form pan, making sure the sides are well greased.
Cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, until center is set. Put a baking sheet under the pan in case the caramel leaks. Let rest for about 15 minutes before removing spring form. EAT a massive slice with a warm cup of coco/tea/coffee.
talk about fall perfection
 oh so you want to come to my Thanksgiving?
 i thought you might

fall away

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