Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake

The other day I had a bit of free time so I figured it would be a great day to go visit the apple orchard. There are a bunch of orchards in Rhode Island that I like to troll around to, today it was Narrow Lane Orchard in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

This is what you see as you enter the orchard.

The trees there were full to the brim with apples, it was easy to quickly fill a bag full of apples.

So now I have to find many different things to do with the apples and I figured this would be a great way to use some of them up.

Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
2 eggs
5 ounces Buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

for the top
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 apples – peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges

This is a pretty easy cake to whip together

Start by creating the upside down top in the bottom of the pan. Spray an 8 inch or 10 inch cake pan with non-stick baking spray. Spread the 1/2 stick of butter around on the bottom, doesn’t have to be perfect. Sprinkle some of the brown sugar on top of the butter.

Arrange the apple wedges in a pretty design on top of the brown sugar and butter. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top of the apples. Set aside

Whisk together the dry ingredients for the cake – the flour, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Side note – pumpkin pie spice, is just: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. A perfect combination of spices to make spice cake without having to buy 5 new things of spices. Just a tip. Also, why whisk everything together? So you don’t get a nasty lump of baking soda, which will ruin everything! Whisk it in.

Cream together the butter and sugar

Once the butter and sugar are creamed together add the eggs, and mix together

After the eggs are mixed in add the buttermilk and the dry ingredients. Slowly mix together

Once you have created your batter, pour it right over the apples in the cake pan.

Bake at 325 degrees. My cake took 53 minutes to cook completely. A 10 inch cake pan would probably take 40 – 45 minutes to bake.

Once the cake has finished baking and has cooled for a few minutes, just enough so that you can handle the pan. Flip it out onto a cake stand. If any apples have stuck, take them out and put them right back on the top of the cake where they belong.

Finish with a little powdered sugar right before serving!

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