Behind The Butter

the great thanksgiving recipe swap: gingerbread apple upside down cake

by The Salted Kitchen

serves 8

4 T butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
pinch of salt
2 apples
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup honey
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Preheat oven to 325. Melt butter and brown sugar together in saucepan until simmering. Lower heat to low, add salt and stir constantly for approximately  3-4 minutes. Place on bottom of greased 10 inch cake pan. Layer the sliced apples over caramel, layering when needed.
Cream room temperature butter and sugar until fluffy. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine egg, molasses, honey and buttermilk. Set aside.
In another medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Set aside.
Alternate mixing in the wet, then dry ingredients, one at a time, into the butter/sugar mixture. Add one, mix until fully incorporated, then add the next.
Pour batter over apple/caramel mixture. Bake 45-50 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let it cool in cake pan for 10-15 minutes, then turn it out onto a platter.
Learn more about The Great Thanksgiving Recipe Swap here!

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  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    November 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Someone made us a totally traditional upside down cake complete with pineapple and cherries a few weeks ago when I had my baby and holy smokes it sparked a love that I hadn’t previously known. Good shiz. That’s all I gotta say about that.

  • Marcy
    November 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Jenna, the recipes are great but we’re on overload! Give us some insight as to what’s happening with your book….your career….your life in CA….exercise…..friends…books you are reading…..etc…


  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    November 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    This looks just delicious. Anything gingerbread is a winner in my book.

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I have a serious, undying craving for gingerbread. I need to whip out the molasses.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I love gingerbread anything! this cake looks AMAZING!

  • Hope
    November 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Yummo!! Gingerbread Apple upside down cake! So wow!

  • Ravenous Rowie
    November 17, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Oooh, yum yum yum!

  • Sara
    November 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    This exact recipe is on Smitten Kitchen, almost word for word.

  • Mandy
    November 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    This recipe looks great. I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving, actually! Thanks so much for posting these recipes. I’m actually preparing a few of them for tomorrow.