Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Apple Cornmeal Upside Down Cake

When talk about an upside down cake, the first thing that comes into my mind is a pineapple upside down cake, probably the most popular and heard of, of an upside down cake. It is believed that an upside down cake has came about during the 19th century but the term 'upside down' wasnt much used, it was called a 'skillet cake' due to the fact that oven was not commonly used in those days and the cakes were actually cooked in skillets, on top of the stove. The fruits were first cooked on the skillet, followed by the batter and once it's done, flip the skillet over a plate to show the pretty fruits. And also apples and maraschino cherries upside down cake actually came first before the pineapples. The pineapple cake was made popular only after the invention of canned pineapples.

This apple upside down cake today has been chosen for our bake along this week. Actually me, Joyce and Zoe just realised that the recipe that we are using from the Bon Appetit cookbook is a little different from the one that we found at the bonappetit.com earlier in regards to the flour amount, eggs, milk and slightly different steps of mixing but i hope that it turns out just as good as the one that the three of us are making from the book.  It is a nice cake to eat with very soft and tender crumbs along with the baked caramelised apples. If you have not tried making any upside down cakes, try it someday and have a little fun flipping your pan over for some delicious treat.

Recipe ( from bon appetit Desserts book )
3/4 recipe in a 7 inch round pan
85gm butter, room temp divided 22gm and 63gm
84gm sugar for caramelising apple plus 80gm sugar for batter
3 green apples, peeled, cut into eighths, cored
94gm cake flour/ all purpose flour
23gm yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8tsp salt
1 medium size egg, mine about 52gm
3/8cup buttermilk

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 175C. Grease or spray your baking tin with 2 inch high sides with  nonstick spray. Melt 22gms butter in a pan over medium high heat. Add 84gm sugar and stir until sugar melts and turns golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add apples and saute over medium heat until apples are just tender and coated with caramel, about 12 minutes. Immediately pour mixture into prepared pan, distribute apples and caramel evenly over bottom of pan.

Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat remaining butter 63gm and sugar 80gm sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Beat in egg. Add half of flour mixture, stir in buttermilk. Add remaining flour and mix well. Drop batter by spoonfuls evenly over apples amd spread gently with a spatula.

Bake until cake is golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 5 minutes, using a round bladed knife go around the cake sides to loosen the cake, place a plate over the pan. Using oven mitts as aid, firmly grasp pan and plate together and turn over. Gently lift pan off cake.

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  1. This looks so delicious. I loved learning the history of a skillet cake. I never knew that. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I didn't know so much about upside down cake... Nice to know all these cake history from you :D

    Your cake look amazing too! I'm feeling hungry now looking at your cake photos.

  3. The top 3, Bake-Along buddies have all shown your beautiful apple cornmeal upside down cakes! Yes, yes, the 1st time I heard about upside down cake is the pineapple version! I've brought my cup of tea here to to taste your cake, hehehe!

  4. Wow! Your cake looks so vibrant and lovely, I followed the recipe from the website, next time I'll try your recipe and see if there's any difference:D Interesting info on the upside cake.

  5. You enlightened me with the upside down cake history, Lena~ Your cake is so moist and gorgeous!

    I'll skip this bake along, not well prepare for it yet :)

  6. Your cake is really very pretty! The apples are so neatly arranged on the top. The recipe from the website came out very well too... it is very delicious. I love this cake very much and will make it again, especially since I have a bag of cornmeal in the pantry now.

  7. Ahhhhh I was still thinking when to bake ths cake ! Already bought the apples though ;) So fast time flies! Too occupy with stuff especially going to attend balloting for my son primary 1 school later on!!

  8. i just realised i got a canned pienapple sleeping in my drawer for months, hmmmm, maybe can substitue it with ur green apple, hi hi.

    by the way, i have baked ur previous marbled coffee cake, it's turn out so nice, thanks for the kind sharring.

  9. Very informative. Love this bake. Super yum. My only regret, I shouldnt've sliced the apples so thin. Other than that, it was perfect.

  10. Dear Lena,

    dreamer says

    This is what I do almost everyday
    Eating an apple or two a day
    Hope it will keep the doctor away
    With exercise, be healthy I pray

    Thanks for the upside down cake history
    The baked apples look so nice and juicy
    Your apple cake is surely my cup of tea
    Eating it should be "oh my, how tasty"

    Have a lovely week

  11. Oh..hoh...hoh...hoh...another delectable cake! I just came by from Jeannie's and her's made me drool too...

  12. Lena...yea..when we talk of upside down cake...the first thing we think about is pineapple upside down cake :) Yours looks delectable! and you really make use of that book :)

  13. I really want to use a skillet but I don't have it ! lol Your cake looks fantastic ! I love the vibrant color of that caramelized apples :D Yummy cake , Lena !

  14. Haha, that is exactly the first thing that came to my head. I never even thought of anything other than a pineapple upside down cake. But this looks fantastic, I would like half please ;)

  15. I for one have not tried anything upside down and with all the good comments, looks like I must try this soon.

  16. My gosh...Lena, your pictures are killing me....haha. Makes me just want to go for your cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner :P With apples there, I can eat without feeling too much guilt...hehe. Really love the caramelised look of the apples. Thanks very much for sharing.

  17. lena, this looks amazing!!! you have the talent in making your bakes shine! I love how upside down cake looks- but mine sometimes come out in pieces so yours is wonderful!

  18. So beautiful! Are you using the red or green apples? Would love to try it :)

  19. Those apples look so juicy and the cake itself should win awards. It is a beauty. I am thinking of making it later but I am not sure of the time factor. I hope to since it looks delicious.

  20. Hi Lena,
    Lovely cake! This cake is a winner alright! And thanks for the interesting info on upside-down cake, upside-down-pineapple cake seems to be most popular one all over!

  21. This cake is beautiful! Almost looks like a flower from far. I ever baked the upside down pineapple cake before, but i think I prefer the apple version more. :D Just curious, did the cornmeal give it some extra texture? Thanks Lena!

  22. Lena, your cake looks very tempting...after seeing so many of this cakes I am enticed to bake one myself :)
    Have a great week!

  23. Wow, never knew there's such a history behind the upside down cakes.Thanks for sharing :) Nice cake, I'll love the caramelise apples....hehehe

  24. Gosh, look at the colour! Totally droolworthy, Lena.

  25. ellen: just happened to read that history when i was searching for a pineapple upside down cake.

    zoe: after going thru all of the apple cakes, i guess everyone loves it, thank zoe, good pick!

    jessie: dont la say top 3..we are only the hostess.

    jeannie: Your cake is lovely too, after seeing all the cakes, i think there's not much difference between the two recipes, glad to hear that you enjoy eating this cake.

    yvonne: it's okay, dont worry..not as tough as you imagine.

    mich: thanks mich! i was so glad reading your comments telling me that the one from the net is good. always a pleasure to hv you joining us!!

    peng: hi peng! so nice to see you here. Hope to see your upside down cake soon. Oh, you guys have to do balloting for entry to school?

    eileenlee: thanks so much for telling me that you like that coffee cake, i'm happy to hear that!! All of us at THB were quite pleased with the cake.

    anuja: yours turn out very pretty too, i didnt even notice about your apples being thin! And glad to know that baking had taken some stress off you!

  26. Love this variation, much fancier that the upside down cake I'm familiar with! I love your pictures, very enticing!

  27. dreamer:

    Nvr mind no free ice cream nor pizza
    you can still go for nasi kandar
    though that's not what we 're after for
    yea, chong wei will come back walking tall
    it's silly for him to say sorry
    doesnt he know he's the glory of our country
    shame that some still want to condemn
    "oi! so clever, you come and play man!"

    Thank you for liking my apple cake
    amongst many, this is one nice bake
    not sure if apples will keep the doc away
    just enjoy it in any way
    today is wed but looking fwd to saturday
    to indulge myself in a ramadhan buffet
    rendang, assam, ayam and satay
    hope no overeating, i also pray!!

  28. diane: thank you so much, you have a good week too!

    phong hong: thank you..go and visit the rest of the apple cakes, they will make you drool too! ho ho ho!

    elin: yeah,making use of that book cos the three of us have the same book. i remember you once made a plum upside down cake from the book too, rite?

    anne: haha! you want to be retro baker is it?

    cathleen: oredi saved half for you! haha! how was your camping?

    chris@yummybakes: hope you will like this too!

    marymoh: can eat cakes for 3 meal? i cant lah! hahaha! thanks anyway!

    daphne: oh, what a kind and nice compliment! thank you my dear. i felt nervous when turning the cake over.

    anncoo: hi ann! how are you? will drop by yours soon. I'm using green apples here, you can mix with red apples too like what jeannie did.

    chaya: hope you will be able to squeeze in some time to bake this, it's a good cake.

    joyce: glad to know that everyone had enjoyed the cake, like you said, very moist and soft with tender apples!

    bee2: i do think that the cornmeal gives extra texture to the cake, it came out very soft and light.

    Juliana: thank you, maybe you shld really bake one soon!

    cindy: hi, thanks for coming by. Just happened to read about the history when searching for pineapple upside cake.

    angie: thank you, i agree that the caramelised apples makes the cake look more beautiful!

    chris@cafe: thank you, talking about photos, this is nothing compared to yours!!

  29. Lena, your apple looks so golden and glaze. this cake must be taste good with cornmeal. I have yet to bake mine...

  30. Such a delicious looking cake. I just love the ooey gooey caramel bottom or should I said topping :)

  31. eileen@hundred eighty degreesAugust 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    I made banana upside down cake before. I'm keen to try this but wonder if I can get corn meal to bake in time for this event. So far I couldn't find cornmeal in supermarket unless I made a special trip to baking store :) I've semolina flour at home, do you think this is a good substitute? Yours look tempting!

  32. Wow, the apple looks really drool with the shinny colour!
    Well done Lena!

  33. Lena, the cake looks moist to me. I heard from Angeline too, it wasn't easy to get corn meal.

  34. eileen@hundred eighty degreesAugust 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Hi Lena, made a trip to buy yellow cornmeal and green apples: ) will bake soon..

  35. I've used the website recipe, and I think from the looks of the cakes maybe the website one produce slightly denser cake. But still quite delicious!

    I love caramel apples!! :D

  36. Another lovely version of the cake. Yumms!

  37. Lena, you apple upside-down cake is spectacular. You're right about the pineapple upside-down cake, which was always featured as the famous one. I have a great recipe from Bon Appetit for a Banana-pecan upside down cake, but apple has to be my all time favorite!
    Your cake is so, moist and delicious, just drooling over it!

  38. angeline: oh, are you going to bake this? i'll be looking forward to yours.

    gert: thanks, bottom or top, i enjoyed eating it :D

    eileen: i'm not sure but i've tried mixing semolina for my butter cake and it turns out good. You can try otherwise you can use all cake flour.

    Daphne: thank you so much!

    yan: maybe can try in organic shops, otherwise can just use all cake flour to mix in.

    kelly: oh really? i'll be visiting you soon to see yours.

    emily: thank you!!

    elisabeth: oh, thanks! i know there's another banana upside down cake which is also very good but i've not tried that, the one that you mentioned could be just in my bon appetit book too!

  39. Hi Lena,
    Your caramelize apple sure looks pretty and the cake looks moist and nice.
    i was wondering can i substitute cornmeal with other ingredient? i never bake with cornmeal before but will try to search for it.
    Thanks for sharing such a interesting skillet cake history..^^

  40. Me too.... i will think of pineapple upside down cake and never think of green apple can be used!
    I love the 3rd photo, it looks sooooo yummy!

  41. Hi Lena, Wow! Love the colour of this cake! And I can imagine the fantastic scent too. This the kind of cakes that impress MILs, ha ha or MILs to be....
    An MIL gets to eat this knows her beloved son will live happily ever after....
    Ha ha ha.

    Your baking skills never fail to amaze me.....makes me wonder what other hidden talents you have, ha ha.
    Have fun, Lena....

  42. Hi Lena,

    Just want to let you know that I really enjoy baking with you and appreciate a great baking friend like you. Here are many awards for you... http://bakeforhappykids.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/old-fashioned-raisin-bread-awards-and.html


  43. doreen: hi, you can use all cake flour if you want. i think no need to do the boiling method then, just add them straight to the dry ingredients.

    cass: actually jeannie from baking diary also used a mixture of green and red apples.

    lee: thank you so much! if i cook for the son and let the son do all the cleaning up, you think the mil will still be as happy or not? haha!

    zoe: thanks, will pick up soon!

  44. Lena, the apples are very well aligned and the cake looks neat and undoubtedly yummy!

  45. Apples and cakes...and a cup of tea for a perfect afternoon teatime:D

  46. Lena, I made apple tarte tartin twice and still can't get enough of it. This one looks as good. I am going to try this upside down apple cake. Just love the look of it.

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