Easy Apple Upside-Down Cake with Whiskey Sauce: A Delicious and Comforting Dessert Recipe
If you’re looking for a dessert recipe that’s both easy to make and packed with flavor, look no further than this Easy Apple Upside-Down Cake with Whiskey Sauce. This recipe is a twist on the classic pineapple upside-down cake, with sweet and tender apples taking center stage instead. And the addition of a homemade whiskey sauce takes this dessert to the next level of indulgence.
For the Apple Cake :
½ cup light brown sugar packed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 tart apples peeled, cored, and sliced into ½ inch wedges
½ teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter softened
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Whiskey Sauce :
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup light brown sugar packed
2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon whiskey
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, or regular cake pan, with parchment paper. Then grease just the sides of the pan.
In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Spread in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Then peel, core, and slice the apples.
Toss them with lemon juice so they don’t brown. Arrange the apples over the brown sugar layer in a pretty overlapping pattern. (See images if needed.)
Next, set out a large mixing bowl. Combine the granulated sugar and softened butter.
Beat on high to cream the butter until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl with a spatula, then beat in the flour, baking powder, salt, eggs , milk, and vanilla.
Scrape the bowl again and beat for just a few more seconds until perfectly smooth. Do not over mix the batter.
Spread the cake batter gently over the top of the sliced apples. Tap the pan on the counter to remove air bubbles.
Then place the pan in the oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool on the counter for at least 15 minutes. Then carefully flip the cake out of the pan onto a cake plate. Peel off the parchment paper.
For the whiskey sauce: Set a small sauce pot over medium heat. Add the heavy cream, brown sugar, butter, whiskey, and salt.
Stir and heat until the brown sugar is fully dissolved and the sauce is smooth. Pour the whiskey sauce over the top of the cake.
Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This cake is best served either warm or at room temperature.
➤ Becky’s Tips:
Becky, our resident baking expert, has a few tips to help you make the most of this recipe:
- Use apples that are firm and slightly tart, such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. Softer apples like Red Delicious or Golden Delicious may become mushy during baking.
- If you don’t have whiskey on hand, you can substitute it with bourbon or dark rum.
- Make sure your butter and eggs are at room temperature before starting the recipe. This will help them mix together more easily and create a smoother batter.
This cake will keep well for 2-3 days if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can reheat it in the oven or microwave if you prefer to serve it warm.
➤ Nutrition Information:
This recipe yields 8 servings. Each serving contains approximately:
Saturated Fat: 11g
This Easy Apple Upside-Down Cake with Whiskey Sauce is a comforting and delicious dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, it’s a great recipe to have on hand for last-minute gatherings or when you’re craving something sweet. And with just under 500 calories per serving, it’s a treat that won’t completely derail your healthy eating goals. So go ahead and indulge – you deserve it!
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