Gingerbread Apple Upside Down Cake

Hubby and I have been hosting quite a few dinner parties since our kitchen is finished. It’s nice to not be embarrassed to have people over because of our kitchen. For one of these dinner parties, I let Hubby choose the dessert. I gave him a few to choose from and he said he was in the mood for gingerbread. Hubby even offered to help by peeling and cutting the apples for me.

I didn’t have a 10″ pan, so I used a 9″ pan. The cake didn’t overflow, but you can see that I have a nice little foot on the bottom of my cake due to using a smaller pan and not adjusting the recipe. That’s ok it was still amazing.

I must have cooked my caramel too long because it was not as gooey and flowy as the original pictures show on Smitten Kitchen. I served this at room temperature with some fresh whipped cream on top. Everyone really enjoyed it.

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Gingerbread Apple Upside Down Cake

Yield: 12

Ingredients:

For the Topping
4 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing pan
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
Pinch of salt
4 apples (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch wedges

For the Batter
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup dark molasses
1/3 cup honey
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Very softly whipped cream

Directions:

Make the Topping
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 10-inch cake pan. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add brown sugar and simmer over moderate heat, stirring, four minutes, then swirl in salt. Remove from heat and pour into the bottom of your cake pan. Make circles of overlapping apple slices on top of the caramel. Chop any remaining slices and place them in the gaps.

Make the Batter
Using a mixer, blend 1/2 cup butter and the sugar on medium-low speed. Increase the speed to high and cream until light and fluffy.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, molasses, honey and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Alternate mixing the flour and molasses mixtures into the butter mixture, adding the next once the last has been incorporated.

Pour the batter into the pan. Bake at least 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a platter.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

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10 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake Cake”

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    Kate — June 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Ahhh. Tougas Farm is my FAVORITE PLACE!!! I have some family members who work there.

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    nutmegnanny — June 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    That farm looks awesome! I have never been strawberry picking either. I really should!

    This cake looks great too. What a nice hubby to make you such a delicious cake 🙂

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    Ashley — June 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Oh my, this looks so delicious! I might need to request this for my birthday cake next year, I always ask for strawberry cake. 🙂

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    Karin — June 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Yum!

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    Memória — June 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try out this cake, but I just don’t like the addition of sour cream. I may have to get over my dislike of the sour stuff and make this. It looks great!

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    Jen — June 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    We subbed greek yogurt for the sour cream in case that sounds better to you.

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    Cara — June 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I think C should give B a strong hint about birthday cake baking 😉

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — June 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    The cake looks fantastic!!! I have never been strawberry picking, I’m sure my kids would love it though. We go apple picking every fall though.

    Funny, I just “found” your blog looking through a bunch of old recipes that I bookmarked in a file like a year ago. I had your Samoas Bars bookmarked to make and I forgot about them. I still want to make them!!!

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    Storibook Designs — July 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I live about 10 minutes from Tougas Farms… great place. Lots of great farmstands in this area actually!

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    Ingrid — September 4, 2010 at 2:54 am

    How nice of him! It does look good.
    ~ingrid

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