Heavy sigh. There is a story here my friends, a story of the past three weeks or so, but I am too tired to tell it. Suffice to say it involved the stomach flu for all three of us, the computer crashing...$170 later, then being in the shop for five days, job issues and stress for Scott and continued uncertainty. One thing I know though, besides the fact that God is good, is that this cake blew my mind.
I pulled it out of the oven, along with homemade parmesan rosemary crackers, just an hour and a half before four of our friends were supposed to come out from the city for a cozy Saturday night dinner that I'd spent two days making. At 4:15 pm I threw up, 12 hours after Sam had the flu. We called off the dinner and most of it went into the freezer in the garage. So sad.
This cake was too yummy not to share.
Rebekah's Glorious Upside Down Apple Cake
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. good vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
4 TB. salted butter, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
juice of one lemon
Beat the eggs with the 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes or so. Stir together the flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Add it carefully to the egg mixture, then add the heavy cream and mix just until it comes together.
In a separate small bowl, melt 4 TB. butter, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1 cup brown sugar together. Divide the mixture into the bottom of two well greased 8 inch round pans. Peel and slice about 4 cups of apples (I used Empire), squeeze the lemon juice over them and mix with your hands. Lay the apples down on top of the brown sugar in a circle pattern. Pour batter over top of apples.
Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Turn oven temperature down to 325 and bake another 15-20 minutes or until cake is done. Cool cake for 5 minutes in the pan, then gently turn out.