Apple Cake: Bottom's Up

Baking, Dessert, Fall, In Season, Ingredient, Recipes, Seasonal Foods
on August 22, 2012
Upside Down Apple Cake

Few fruits are as iconic to American culture as the apple, a fairly ironic fact when you consider that only the super-tart crab apple is native to our shores. Nonetheless, we continue to be inspired by the fruity transplants, and the sight of the fruit hanging heavy on the tree is a welcome reminder that fall has returned.

Upside Down Apple Cake
In this apple cake, the apples are caramelized in a combination of sugar and sorghum, topped with a cornmeal- fortified sweet batter and baked. Invert for an apple-topped cake, or serve straight from the pan. Either way, a heavy-duty, ovenproof skillet is crucial.

We find our trusty cast iron skillet to be perfect. It creates a crunchy crust and tender middle. Crisp apples such as Granny Smiths or Braeburns work best, but not to be exclusive, tart, crisp pears, another harbinger of fall, work beautifully as well. Click the image below for the recipe.

Tarte Tatin
Another flipped apple cake we love is the classic French Tarte Tatin. Quite different from its American counterpart, this equally delicious dessert is thinner and features a pastry crust rather than cake base. Click the image below for the recipe.

Philadelphia-Style Apple Cake
Here is an old-fashioned apple cake with a fall-ish hint of cinnamon and citrus. The cake isn't overly sweet making it a choice dessert for enjoying with tea or hot apple cider on chilly autumn evenings. Click the image below for the recipe.

Apple Cake with Walnuts and Lemon Sauce
The flavor of tart-sweet apples shines through in this easy apple cake. The recipe features an unexpected but perfectly balanced lemon glaze to enhance the apples' tartness in the sweet cake. Click the image below for the recipe.

Awesome Apple Snack Cake
A casual dessert that's perfect for after-school, this spiced cake is a healthier option than fudge brownies. Instead of bleached all-purpose flour, butter and sugar, the cake calls for whole wheat flour, safflower oil and honey. And the best part is—you'll never know. Click the image below for the recipe.