- Brown sugar 3/4 cup (150g) packed light
- Butter 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted , melted • 717 kcal
- Cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground
- Ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp
- Salt 1/8 tsp • 1 kcal
- Apples 2 medium golden delicious *, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch thick wedges • 45 kcal
- Lemon juice 2 tsp
- All-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups (212g)
- Baking powder 1 1/2 tsp • 156 kcal
- Salt 1/4 tsp • 1 kcal
- Butter 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted , at room temperature • 717 kcal
- Granulated sugar 3/4 cup (150g)
- Large eggs 2 , at room temperature
- Vanilla Extract 1 tsp
- buttermilk or milk 2/3 cup , at room temperature
Sometimes the best desserts are old-fashioned classics, like this comforting apple upside-down cake. Made with cinnamon and nutmeg, the smell of this wonderful cake cooking will transport you back to your childhood!
The great thing about this cake is that you don’t have to wait around for it to completely cool to room temperature, as it doesn’t require frosting. Give it 15 minutes, then remove from the tin, slice, and serve with a big scoop of ice cream or a dollop of hot custard on the side.
Preheat oven to 350F/160C fan/gas mark 4. Grease a 9 by 9-inch square dish well with butter or cooking spray.
For the topping: In a medium mixing bowl stir together brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon nutmeg and salt. Spread evenly into the bottom of the greased baking dish.
Toss sliced apples with lemon juice, then place apples in neat rows over brown sugar layer. Set aside.
For the cake:
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time, scrape down bowl, then blend in vanilla.
Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture then mix until combined. Add in 1/2 of the buttermilk and mix again. Add in another 1/3 of the flour mixture, then add remaining ½ of the buttermilk.
Finish by mixing in the last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Scrape down the bowl and fold the batter to ensure ingredients are evenly incorporated.
Spread batter over apple layer in the baking dish and smooth out evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 – 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack.
Run a knife around edges of the cake to ensure it's loosened then invert onto a platter. Tap gently until the cake comes out in one piece. Cut into slices and serve warm.
*Gala or Pink Lady apples would be another good choice if you can’t get Golden Delicious.