Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Apple Cornmeal Upside Down Cake

It's our BakelAlong time once again and we baked a delicious recipe once again.

I don't know between Zoe, Joyce and Lena, who selected this recipe but whoever chose this, has chosen well.

Made this on Sunday for dessert and everybody absolutely loved this. It's a delicious recipe and the cornmeal gives a pleasant crunch like texture to this cake. I didnt cook the apples in the caramel, as specified in the recipe, as I was afraid that it would make the apples all mushy and sluggish. I like my apples to have a nice little crunch. So I made the caramel and then topped with a pinwheel of granny smith apple wedges. yum!

At first I was not sure if I will be able to make it at all as my younger one was down with fever and severe cold. But she was much better on Sunday and I was able to get some free time to bake this cake. It worked like magic to soothe my tired nerves as I immersed myself in my most favoured task.

Apple Cornmeal Upside Down Cake
For the original recipe check Epicurious.com
For the topping
3 tablespoon (40 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (160 grams) light brown sugar
4 granny smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, each quarter cut into 2 wedges

Cake batter
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (170 grams) sugar
3/4 cup (85 grams) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (60 grams) yellow cornmeal, I used kesar rava
1/2 cup boiling water
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 177 degree Celsius. Generously butter a 9 inch cake pan, line with parchment paper and butter the parchment.
For the topping, place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the butter has melted and sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking for a few more minutes until the sugar starts to caramalize. Then remove from heat and pour into prepared cake pan. Evenly arrange the apple slices on the top of the sugar mixture.
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl to blend. Place cornmeal in large bowl; pour 1/2 cup boiling water over and stir to blend. Add 85 grams butter and 170 grams sugar to cornmeal mixture. Using electric mixer, beat until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture alternately with milk in 2 additions each. Pour batter over apples in pan.
Bake cake until golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool cake in pan 5 minutes. Run small knife between cake and pan sides to loosen cake. Carefully invert cake onto ovenproof or microwavable platter and peel off parchment. Cool 15 minutes. (Cake can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Rewarm in 177 degree Celsius oven about 10 minutes or microwave on medium just until slightly warm, about 2 minutes.)
Cut cake into wedges, place on plates, and serve war.

Linking this to the BakeAlong # 30 hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, Lena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.
Please visit the amazing posts linked below and enjoy our bakes.


  1. *Bow* *Bow* *Bow*... The person who chose this recipe is me :D LOL! I must be feeling lucky when I was choosing this recipe. Glad that you and your family love this cake :D

    1. *clap* *clap* Zoe. Thanx for this really super delish bake.

  2. Cake looks super moist and delicious...yumm

  3. This is indeed a very delicious cake, my son took some to school and they enjoyed it too!

  4. Hi Anuja ,

    Apple cake Looks YYuummYY !!!!

    Excellent presentation :)

    Keep on Dear..


  5. Hi Anuja, what a beautiful cake you made. My family loved it too. This recipe is a keeper.

  6. I'm starting to really love these upside down cakes. They are so pretty.

  7. hi anuja, i'm delighted to know that your method of doing with the apples turned out great for you too and it is beautiful too! so you bake to recharge your body? haha..good..i find it quite therapeutic for me too. Thanks for joining again and have a lovely evening!

  8. Cornmeal with apple must have tasted very good. i suppose kesar rava is not semolina, according to your recipe .but in south india, kesar rava means semolina

  9. I love the combo of the cornmeal and sweet apples.

  10. Lovely cake, Anuja! Definitely a winner! Thanks to Zoe for selecting it! Hope your daughter is much better now. Yeah, baking is relaxing for me, and I get lost in my own world of flour, butter and sugar, especially when there is nobody around! Look forward to it on my baking day, which is almost every day! :)

  11. Moist and delicious,the combo is interesting,perfectly baked.

  12. Nice cake...looks simple but must be taste good.

  13. I know I am doing to love this cake. I have no doubt that it will taste as good as it looks.

  14. Great results Anuja!

    Its fun baking upside-down-cakes!

  15. eileen@hundrec eighty degrees8 August 2012 at 18:52

    Great tweak to the way you caramelized the apples :)

  16. Hi Anuja,

    Just want to let you know that I really enjoy baking with you and appreciate a great baking friend like you. Here are many awards for you... http://bakeforhappykids.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/old-fashioned-raisin-bread-awards-and.html


  17. The cake looks scrumptious! Hope your little one is feeling better!

  18. Awesome treasure of baked goodies at simple baking!! Happy to follow u :))
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  19. looks just fabulous, Anuja!

  20. Great job, Anuja! The cake looks so moist and delicious!

  21. Delicious:) :) I have an award and an interesting game waiting for you at my blog http://tangymind.blogspot.com/2012/08/wow-2-same-awards.html please feel free to collect it :) Congratzzz :)


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