MAPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Ellen Bales
from Indianapolis, IN

This is not your mother's upside-down cake! With entirely different ingredients, this cake is to die for! Served with its own special whipped cream! Recipe & Photo: BH&G.com

serves 8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 40 Min

Ingredients

  • 2
    eggs
  • 8 Tbsp
    (1 stick) butter
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 3/4 c
    pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 c
    finely chopped candied ginger
  • 2 sm
    apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick rings
  • 1 c
    maple sugar
  • 1/2 c
    milk
  • 1
    recipe maple whipped cream - or - 1 cup creme fraiche
  • pure maple syrup optional
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How To Make

  • 1
    Separate eggs. Allow yolks, whites, and 4 Tbsp. of the butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • 2
    In a 9- or 10-inch cast iron or other oven-going skillet melt the remaining 4 Tbsp. butter. Add the 3/4 cup maple syrup; simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in ginger. Arrange apple rings in the skillet.
  • 3
    In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup of the maple sugar, the egg yolks, and the 4 Tbsp. softened butter. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium until light and fluffy. Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating after each addition.
  • 4
    Wash beaters. In another medium bowl beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium to high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight); beat in the remaining 1/2 cup maple sugar. Stir about one-third of the egg white mixture into the batter. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture. Spread batter evenly over apples.
  • 5
    Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in skillet on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Serve warm with Maple Whipped Cream. If desired, drizzle with additional maple syrup.
  • 6
    Maple Whipped Cream: In a chilled medium mixing bowl combine 2 cups whipping cream and 1/4 cup pure maple syrup. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high until soft peaks form (tips curl).
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