Upside-Down Apple Cake

To cut a long story short, there is a really good reason why I stopped posting recipes and why I stopped visiting all my favorite food blogs.

This really good reason made me feel nauseous for 5 full months, turning all the previously drool-worthy photos to a nightmare. When I was cooking it would be something bland and “hospital-like”, I could not see any photo of fish/seafood or any heavy-looking dish, and sadly I could not even bake a dessert.

So, yes, I am pregnant and, obviously, now that my nausea is gone my excitement has doubled. 😀

I am not going to say anything else about it, I will not bore you with details, this blog (as I once told my friend Camilla) will NOT become baby- or pregnancy-oriented.

Moving on to the recipe then! Drums of suspense… A cake!

upside-down apple cake4

This is a delicious upside-down apple cake, with a delicious taste of cinnamon and a soft cake part!

It is also ridiculously easy to prepare!

Start (as almost always) by preheating the oven to 170ºC (340ºF) and buttering and lining with parchment paper your cake pan. If you have the one with the removable ring then it will be much easier for you in this case.

Slice the apples (roughly 5mm-0.2inch thick) and mix them with the cinnamon-sugar awesome combo (keep 2tbsps of the mix). Remember to keep 2 apples to dice later.

upside-down apple cake

Place them all around the pan, on top of the parchment paper, nice and neat. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar.

upside-down apple cake1

Prepare the cake batter by:

  • beating the butter and sugars together until creamy
  • add the eggs, vanilla, yogurt and cognac
  • incorporate the flour (mixed with the baking powder and the salt), preferably with the spatula
  • drop the diced apples (here is where the diced apples come in) and fold them in

Pour the batter on the apples in the cake pan.

upside-down apple cake2

Place the pan in the second from the bottom position of your oven (or anywhere that is a bit lower than the middle, without touching the bottom).

Bake for around 40min (check at 30min with a wooden skewer to see if it comes out clean).

Remove the cake and let it cool for 30min-1h in the pan. Remove the outer ring,place a plate on top and flip carefully. Remove slowly the parchment paper.

upside-down apple cake3

By now your home will be filled with an amazing scent of caramelized apples and cinnamon. So, wait no further and enjoy a generous slice!

upside-down apple cake5

Needless to say it will go great with some vanilla ice-cream!

Have a nice day!

Ingredients

(Inspiration from Argiro – in Greek)

To mix with apples

4 tbsps sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Cake

4 apples (whatever kind you like) – you may need more or less depending on their size

125g butter (a stick), room temp.

2 tbsps brown sugar

2 tbsps white granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tbsps plain yogurt (I use full-fat Greek yogurt)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsps cognac (brandy)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

Quick Instructions

Preheat the oven to 170ºC (340ºF) and butter and line with parchment paper your cake pan. If you have the one with the removable ring then it will be much easier for you in this case.

Slice the apples (roughly 5mm-0.2inch thick) and mix them with the cinnamon-sugar combo (keep 2tbsp of the mix). Remember to keep 2 apples to dice later. Place them all around the pan, on top of the parchment paper. Sprinkle the rest cinnamon-sugar.

Beat the butter and sugars together until creamy, add the eggs, vanilla, yogurt and cognac, and incorporate the flour (mixed with the baking powder and the salt), preferably with the spatula. Drop the diced apples and fold them in. Pour the batter on the apples in the cake pan.

Place the pan in the second from the bottom position of your oven (or anywhere that is a bit lower than the middle, without touching the bottom). Bake for around 40min (check at 30min with a wooden skewer to see if it comes out clean).

Remove the cake and let it cool for 30min-1h in the pan. Remove the outer ring,place a plate on top and flip carefully. Remove slowly the parchment paper.

10 thoughts on “Upside-Down Apple Cake

  1. Ερμιόνη

    Αααα!!!
    Τι τέλεια!! Με το καλό λοιπόν Βασιλική μου! Χαίρομαι που είσαι καλύτερα τώρα!
    Η αλήθεια είναι ότι αναρωτιόμουν που έχεις χαθεί, αλλά δεν πήγε κατά εκεί το μυαλό μου!
    Χαίρομαι που είσαι καλά και που επανήλθες και μάλιστα με κεκάκι κομμένο και ραμμένο στα γούστα μου!
    Πολλά φιλιά και να προσέχεις!

    Reply
      1. tanja@the green mixer

        Άντε με το καλό να σας έρθει, τώρα που πέρασαν οι ναυτίες είναι η καλύτερη περίοδος πάντως.

  2. johnnysenough hepburn

    Yikes, and there I’d thought I’d left a comment. Anyway, it was just to say to wish all of you well! Thrilled with the good news.
    Besides that, I’ve started baking – slowly. This will be just right up my street, in a smaller cake size 🙂

    Reply
  3. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)

    Congratulations! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and hopefully the nausea stage will be over soon. Beautiful apple upside down cake. It must be something that the baby is craving… your baby has good tastes as now I am craving this too.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s