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Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

We're having unseasonably warm temps in New England the last few days.   I saw this recipe on Pinterest and despite that fact that it was going to heat up the house, I couldn't resist. 

Instead of boiling the brown sugar/butter mixture on the stove, I put both into the cake pan and into the oven while it preheated.   By time I'd mixed the batter ingredients and sliced the apples, it was ready to go.    I had 2 nice sized honeycrisp, and I sliced them about 1/4" thick and overlapped them in a pretty design.

My cake baked in exactly 50 mins, and and some point I realized that I'd forgotten to grease or spray the sides of the pan.    I got lucky, I ran a knife around the edge and I only had minor sticking.  

I did not make the whipped topping, it was a fantastic cake without it.     Thank you to Alyssa at The Recipe Critic, this one is "I don't care if it's nearly 80 degrees out, I have to bake this cake" good.  


                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

            Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
     1/4           cup  butter
     2/3           cup  packed brown sugar
     1/2      teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  2             medium  apples
  1 1/3           cups  all-purpose flour
  1           teaspoon  baking powder
     1/2      teaspoon  ground cinnamon
     1/4      teaspoon  salt
  1                cup  granulated sugar
     1/2           cup  butter, softened
  2                     eggs
     1/2      teaspoon  vanilla
     1/4           cup  milk
           
Spray a nonstick 9" cake pan (square or circular) with cooking spray.   Add butter, brown sugar and 1/2t cinnamon to the pan.   Place pan in the oven while it preheats to 325ยบ.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, 1/2t cinnamon and salt.    Cream butter and sugar together on medium speed.  Scrape down bowl, add eggs and vanilla.  Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating until smooth.   

Peel and slice apples into 1/4" wedges.   Remove pan from oven and lay in apples in overlapping circles.  Spread batter evenly over the apple slices.    Bake 50 to 60 mins, until the cake tester comes out clean.   

Cool on a rack for 10 to 15 mins.   Run a knife around the edge of the pan.    Place serving plate upside down onto cake pan, and flip it over.    Leave the pan for a few seconds to let the cake release.


Source:
  "http://therecipecritic.com/2014/09/caramel-apple-upside-cake/"

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