Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Cake
Easy to make and easy to love. The trick is to use a large variety of apples which gives the impression of extra sweetness.

This cake used five different types of apples, including Golden Delicious, the traditional apple for sweet apple pie. Multiple types of apples provide a rich flavor, firmness, aroma, and the impression of added sweetness. This cake used raw apples; however, you could caramelize them in a frying pay if you like. You could also slice the apples thinly and overlap them like shingles on a roof. This would increase the overall apple content. This particular version uses apple slices, cut crosswise, with raisins and dried sweet cherries (Trader Joe's) in the holes between the apple slices.

This recipe is an adaptation of a pineapple upside down cake recipe from an ancient Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Hallie made a syrup to substitute for the pineapple syrup called for in the original recipe. She took 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed) and 1/2 cup of water, all boiled down to 1/2 cup. Instead you could use an apple syrup made from boiled-down apple cider. You need to boil 3-1/2 cups of apple cider down to 1/2 cup of apple cider syrup. Or you can buy boiled cider from Woods Cider Mill or King Arthur Flour.

We needed a showy cake for a dinner party at our home, and our company enjoyed it very much. Our youngest daughter captured the leftover cake and took it away with her.

Apple Upside Down Cake
Amount Measure Ingredient
apple topping
6 Medium Apples (See note above)
1/4 Cup White sugar
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ginger (optional)
preparing the pan
2 Tablespoons Butter or margarine
1/2 Cup Brown sugar, not packed
    Sweet dried cherries
the cake
1/3 Cup Butter or margarine - softened
1-1/4 Cup Your favorite gluten free flour
3/4 teaspoon Guar or xanthan gum (prefer guar gum for cakes)
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoon Salt (we omitted this)
1/2 Cup Syrup (see note above)
1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
1 Large Egg


Preheat oven to 350° F


Serve optionally with whipped cream and/or fruit..

Here is what to do with the leftover apples that you might have: