The apple upside down cake was really fun because one of my friends, Augusta, came over to help! It was so great! I normally don't like upside down cakes because I think they're kind of ugly but seeing as this is the first recipe in Rose's Heavenly Cakes, it certainly needed to be tried.
I let my mom pick a Thanksgiving cake and this was her choice. She loves apple so this one was an easy pick.
Before I get busy talking about the cake though, I want to take a second to clarify something. I have been surprised at how many people have stopped me to ask if I think I can actually make my deadline. They've been very concerned that I'm behind. I didn't understand where the concern came from but then someone mentioned that I was going to have to make a cake every day till the end of the year if I was going to make it. Then it clicked. Somehow people got the impression that I was going to try to make them all by the end of 2011. So just to clarify, my deadline is actually in April since I am not superwomen, I am a full time student, I'd like to maintain my weight, and since my goal is one year from when I started. Check out the ticker on the top right side of my blog to see the countdown.
The apples that Rose recommended were not carried in my grocery store so I went with pink ladies. Those are supposed to be pretty good in pies right? They ended up working just fine.
So first you slice the apples and toss them in lemon juice and brown sugar to let them have some extra flavor.
Then you whip up the batter.
Then you make a brown sugary/caramel sauce to put on the bottom of the pan before you arrange the apples.
And that's about it! Once it comes out of the oven, you add chopped walnuts and then serve with some bourbon whipped cream. I'm not a huge fan of bourbon, but the bourbon in the whipped cream actually added a wonderful flavor. I was definitely a fan.
The cake turned out really well and wasn't as ugly as my last upside down cake. It reminded me of apple streudel that you get in Vienna. It wasn't as sweet as I like my cakes so I think I prefer apple crisp or apple pie but if you prefer desserts that aren't as sweet, this one is definitely a good choice.