Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake

I did it!!

I completed my first race! WOOO!!

The race I participated in was called the Tavern Trot and all the proceeds went to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which I just love. Anything I can do to help out kids with cancer, or anyone with cancer I am all about it.

It was actually a 3.5 mile race. I thought it was a 5k, but apparently it was a little farther. So here were my results:

Ran 3.5 miles in 33:06 (9:28 pace)
16th out of 81 in my age group
66th out of 409 for females

I am so proud of myself!!!!!

This is the one time that I will actually pat myself on the back because if you would have told me this time last year that I would finish a 3.5 mile race and do that well.

I know that my pace probably isn’t as awesome as some of your crazy runners out there, but I am proud of it!

And a big thanks to Patrick for running with me the entire time, even though he could have killed it. Was good to have someone with me cheering me on.

Such a different feeling to run in a race than just for fun. I had much more motivation to not stop, which I didn’t the entire race! I am definitely excited about my next upcoming races this weekend and next.

Here I come Warrior Dash!

This recipe I am sharing with you today is something I found in my handy dandy Cooking Light cookbook. After the race Patrick and I went to Roger’s Orchard to get ourselves some apples as a treat after our race.

We got ourselves 2 big bushels of apples. One of HoneyCrisp and the other of Jonamac. So delicious and fresh. I just love it!

Naturally, when you have all those apples, there is almost no way to eat that many. I just love Fall and apples, my favorite time of year!

I decided that as a reward for our hard work for the race that I would make an upside down cake with some of the lovely apples that we just got, of course making it “light” so it doesn’t erase the hard work we did earlier in the day. πŸ˜‰

Ingredients (adapted from this recipe):

  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices peeled HoneyCrisp apples
  • 5.3 ounces cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 3 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 350Β°

Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

To prepare topping, combine 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.

Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly (about 3 minutes). Continue cooking for 4 minutes or until golden (do not stir). Make sure you keep your eye on the sugar because once it starts to brown, it browns pretty fast.

Immediately pour into prepared cake pan, tipping quickly to coat bottom of pan. Arrange apple slices in concentric circles in pan over the warm caramel. Please be careful the sugar is hot hot hot!

To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk together.

Combine 2/3 cup sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolks and vanilla to sugar mixture and beat until combined.

Add flour mixture and milk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition. (does anyone know why recipes call for you to do this? I have always wondered)

Place egg whites in a large, clean bowl. Beat egg whites with mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form using clean, dry beaters.

Gently fold egg whites into batter. Spread batter over apples.

Bake 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack in pan for 5 minutes.

Loosen edges of cake with a knife and then invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

The original recipe said this has 253 calories and 6.6g of fat per serving. I think mine might have a tiny bit less because I used skim milk instead of 1%.

Either way, that is pretty good for this ooey gooey cake!

I hope you all have a lovely week! πŸ™‚

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  1. This is probably the most beautiful upside down cake I have seen to date! Congrats on your success! You ROCK!!

  2. YAY! Congrats πŸ™‚ Oh and the cake looks amazing.

  3. Gorgeous cake and I love that it’s light. Congrats on the race!

  4. Congrats on your race, awesome job! That cake looks like a beautiful way to celebrate!

  5. Yay on the race, Raven! Awesome job and awesome cause to run for πŸ™‚

    As for the cake, I am a major upside cake fan so I am all over this one! It looks great!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Thanks so much Janet! You are so right, such a great cause. Alex’s mother was actually at the race, so that was really cool.

  6. Congratulations!!! Wow, you did great! And you deserve 2 slices of this amazing cake after all that exertion πŸ™‚ I just love apple desserts!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Haha, believe me I wanted to have about 4 but my body didn’t want anything but water and bananas after the race ;-). Thanks for stopping by Liz, you have had some awesome stuff on your blog lately!

  7. Way to go!!!!!!!!! And running the whole thing! I definitely didn’t do that in my first 5K. πŸ™‚

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Hey Laura! I was SO proud of myself for running the entire thing. I thought for sure that I would stop, but I was lucky and I had Patrick running with me the entire time pushing me. Which was what I needed. I had to talk to myself a couple times, sounds silly but it works! Plus a good playlist!

  8. First, Congratulations on your first race!! I love the fact that proceeds went to a great cause πŸ™‚ and this cake is lovely … Apple upside down is one of my favourites this time of year. I actually made one with a peanut butter cake base … certainly a little less healthy than yours, but still a lovely treat. Beautiful recipe πŸ™‚

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Thank you so much!!! And a peanut butter cake base?? I bet that was amazing! I am a peanut butter freak haha

  9. Congratulations on the race! And this beautiful cake.

  10. A fantastic autumn coffee cake!

  11. Hi lovely running girl! You are awesome and this cake looks perfect. I’m all about the apples! Thank you for sharing, my friend, and for making my day a bit more happy and delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  12. Congratulations on your success! This is such an elegant upside down cake! The best way to celebrate!

  13. Congrats on your race! That seems like a great pace to me!
    This cake looks incredible. I am dieing with all the apple recipes out there!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      Thanks Erin!! I really tried to push myself to have a better pace than when I started and I did that. So I am happy about it!

  14. congratulations on completing your race! the gorgeous cake is surely the perfect way to reward yourself.

  15. Amazing! So glad you had fun and congratulations on completing your first race! Upside down cakes are one of my all-time favorite things to make. I think it has something to do with the surprise flip over at the end. lol. The big reveal! I know what I’m going to do with all those apples I just picked up. Thanks!

    Have a great week!

    • RavieNomNoms says:

      You too Kate! Thanks for stopping by. I like upside down cakes too, but I think it is more for the buttery yummy stuff that is on the bottom πŸ˜‰

  16. Congrats on your first race!! This cake is gorgeous!

  17. Raven,
    Congrats on your first race!!! It’s a great accomplishment. Your upside down apple cake is beautiful with all of those tasty apples. I love anything apple:)

    Good luck on your upcoming races. My son is running in the Chicago Marathon next month, and I’m so excited for him. It’s his first Marathon!

  18. Yay for you!!

    You deserve a big ol’ piece of this beautiful cake. πŸ™‚

  19. Congrats congrats congrats πŸ˜€
    You deserve a nice big chunk/all of this delicious dessert!

    Choc Chip Uru

  20. Hey girl!!! Congrats on the race and thanks for this recipe. I miss all if my Foodbuzz friends!!!

  21. congrats hun! you should be very proud of yourself… you did soooo well in this race πŸ˜€

    and your apple cake looks beautiful and so fruity!

  22. Stunning pics with the blue plate! And congrats on your run!! That’s such an accomplishment, your motivating me to get my butt racing again πŸ™‚

  23. That is sooo awesome! Congratulations!!
    Now give me some of that amazing cake! πŸ™‚

  24. I’m ooing and gooing at your lovely looking apple cake and also saying bravo to you for running that race. Great going!

  25. Love this! And congrats on the race! I think your pace is great!! (Although…I have more of a “oh look a bench I think I should sit down and rest”-per mile running pace…)

  26. Hi Raven,
    I’m so happy and proud of you for completing the race! Yay!!! I would have died so best to leave that to you, hehe:) Your after-race treat looks amazing. Plus love that it’s a healthier upside down cake. Thanks for sharing.