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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12 Responses to “Acorn Squash Stuffed with Autumn Fruit Compote”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — November 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I like to stuff my squash with something savory, like spicy sausage stuffing but your dish makes me re-think the whole concept!

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    Michelle — November 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    WOW this looks so good! Thank you for this recipe!

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    Kelsey — November 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I’m so glad you liked this. It is absolutely one of our favorite side dishes this time of year. Your pics are beautiful!

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    Daisy — November 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    what an awesome recipe!!! keeping it in mind…..

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    This looks so delicious! I have an acorn squash sitting on my counter at home…

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    Megan — November 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    This looks awesome! I roasted an acorn squash the other night and chopped it up and threw it in a salad. You’re making me wish I had stuffed it instead though!

    I linked to this recipe from Examiner. 🙂

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    We Love — November 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for the post, the pics are great. Have never tried this before, it is a must. Also we will certainly be telling all of our walnut loving friends about it. This is a perfect post for #WalnutWednesday!

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    Danny — November 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    These looks fantastic!! great post 🙂

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    Eliana — November 4, 2010 at 3:28 am

    WOW – these do look like the perfect side dish. Will definitely have to give them a trial run before turkey day.

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    Melissa — November 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    hmm… is this something you think could be adapted for use with butternut squash? Obviously not really “stuffed”. I have a butternut that I’m looking for something to do with…

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    Amy Kingman — November 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Yum!!! 😀

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    What a delicious and tasty looking recipe! It just screams Fall!

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