Brandied Apple Upside Down Cake
Originally published November 3, 2010, Updated on 10/3/20
Cake is always welcome, but sometimes the effort of torting and frosting a cake seems a bit... much.
Enter: The Upside Down Cake!
Upside Down Cakes taste great, look classy... and take very little effort. You may be used to them in their traditional form - as a vanilla cake with pineapple slices and cherries on top.
While Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a classic, I like to veer off from tradition and have a bit more fun with it - flavouring the cake batter, varying the fruit used, even incorporating drizzles before serving.
You may have heard of my Mango Mojito Upside Down Cake - the cake that got me onto Wolfgang Puck’s Preferred Vendor List (Back when I had a cake business) AND Masterchef.
Then, there’s my French Martini Upside Down Cake - my only cake that has a talking pineapple and Jann Arden as part of its origin story.. Shockingly enough.
Another fun example is my Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake, which has a cinnamon rum cake base, Bananas Foster on top, and is just amazing.
Anyway, yes. Upside Down Cakes can be impressive, without a lot of effort!
This Brandied Apple Upside Down Cake is a perfect fall and winter cake. The aroma of the cake - even while still in the oven - evokes warm images of Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, seasonal get togethers, etc.
I like to make these around apple harvest time, as a beautiful - and tasty - way to use up that bounty.
It’s also a great addition to Thanksgiving spreads, especially here in Canada. (Thanksgiving falls in early October here, which is *peak* apple season!)
Whether you make it as part of a holiday offering, as a way to end an afternoon of apple picking, or just for the hell of it, I hope you enjoy this Brandied Apple Upside Down Cake!
More Holiday Recipes
Looking for more inspiration for your holiday spread? Whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any of the other holidays, here's a few ideas for you!
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Chicken Based Potato Sausage Recipe - Potatiskorv
Egg Nog Sticky Buns
Gluten-Free Chicken Mushroom Tortiere
Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots
Mushroom Brie Turnovers
Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Spice Nanaimo Bars
Savoury Mushroom Chestnut Stuffing
Southern Comfort Glazed Ham
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