Friday, June 15, 2012

Brandied Apple Upside Down Cake

Ok so I found this cake in an issue of Family Circle for Oct. 2011 and went for a search online and found the one below on Celebration Generation. Go check out the picture she has with it! I can not WAIT to give this a try! I can already smell the warm apples wafting through the air.

What You Need:

1/3 cup Butter, melted

1 1/2 tsp Flour
1/2 cup Brown sugar

3 Tbsp Apple Brandy
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

2-3 Large apples, sliced
2 cup Cake flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
4 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1 Instant vanilla pudding mix (3 ½ oz)
4 Large eggs
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Apple Brandy
3/4 cup Butter, melted

How To Do It:

Preheat oven to 325°F (160°F). Liberally grease a 10″ round pan with vegetable shortening. Cut out a 10″ round of parchment paper, using bottom of pan as a template. Place inside pan, smoothing it out to cling securely to the shortening.

Combine melted butter, flour, brown sugar, apple brandy, and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Heat on low, stirring until well combined. Pour into prepared cake pan, spreading evenly. Arrange fruit slices on top of this mixture,set aside.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Add in eggs and water, beating until smooth. Carefully add apple brandy and melted butter to the mix, mixing on medium speed until smooth. Gently pour into prepared pan. Bake until golden and knife inserted into center of batter comes out clean and cake springs back – about 50-60 minutes.

With the hot cake still in the pan, carefully level the top by cutting off the “dome” over the edge of the pan Allow cake to cool for about 20 minutes before turning cake out directly onto serving plate.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These make a great treat for summertime. With Independence Day around the corner this is a quick and easy desert to make. It will make the perfect addition to the table at the 4th of July parties. Chocolate Bark you can find at your local grocery store and fresh strawberries just melt and dip. Simple and delicious!