apple upside down cake with caramel sauce


2 medium apples

4 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup Lyle's golden syrup or light corn syrup


3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 large apple, peeled and finely chopped

3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans, optional

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" round cake pan at least 2" deep. Line the bottom with parchment, and grease the parchment.

Place pecans on a baking sheet and toast them just until they become aromatic, about 5 minutes.

Prep the apples; Peel, core, and slice apple apples into 1/4" thick wedges. Place the apples into the prepared pan in overlapping concentric circles.


Prepare the topping: Heat the butter, sugar, boiled cider, cinnamon, and corn syrup together over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Pour 1/2 cup of the syrup mixture into the prepared pan, and set the rest aside.

To make the cake: Beat the oil, brown sugar, boiled cider, eggs, spices, and salt together for 2 minutes at medium speed. Mix the flour with the baking soda, and stir it into the batter. Add the chopped apple and nuts, and mix until just blended. Drop scoops of the batter atop the apples in the pan, gently spreading to cover. Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven, and run a thin spatula around the edge to loosen. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a serving plate, bottom side up. Scrape out any sauce that remains in the pan, and spread it over the cake.

Reheat the reserved topping. If butter starts to separate as you reheat, add water by the teaspoon and stir until the butter rejoins the rest of the sauce.

Pour the sauce over the cake. Serve cake warm or at room temperature, with whipped cream if desired.