Okay, okay. I know. Apple cider AND desserts two weeks in a row. It’s unheard of here on the Mid-Century Menu, where everything is supposed to be scary all the time. But, it’s Apple Month, so I couldn’t help myself! I was so disappointed with the lack of cider flavor in last week’s Cider Eggnog Pie that I had to try again this week. I mean, you understand, right? It’s all for legitimate scientific testing. I set out to find a mid-century recipe full of cider flavor, and I need to find it.
Plus, I wanted Tom to buy me more cider.
I am happy to say that I succeeded on both counts.
This is Apple Cider Upside-Down Cake. And it is delicious.
This is another fun recipe brought to you by our friends at the Apple Kitchen Cook Book, from 1966.
What can I say? ‘Tis the season for apples!
I have to admit though, this sucker is kind of an ugly cake. But what it lacks in good looks, it makes up for in sheer cider flavor.
I think my favorite part was when I got to cook the apples in cider for that double apple flavor that makes us all crazy.
Except I have to admit I cheated a little bit on this one, which I normally don’t do. I took the cider drained off from the apples and, instead of guzzling it down like I wanted to, I substituted it for the water in the cake mix. And I am not sorry.
Not. At. All.
Especially when it gets this kind of reaction from Tom:
The Verdict: Really yummy and very easy. Normally I don’t use cake mixes for cakes, but this one was really good with a cake mix. But you could probably sub your favorite spice cake recipe or even gingerbread….oh…wait. That was just a really good idea. I know what I am making later this week, after we scarf our way through this whole cake. Apple Cider Upside-Down Gingerbread!
*If you make this recipe, be aware that my cake was done WAY earlier than 55 mins. It took about 40. Check your cake for doneness according to the package directions!
Love that last picture!!!!
Sure, it’s not very pretty, but you really can’t get a better Tom reaction than that! 🙂
Autumn is a really wonderful time for desserts.
Hi Ruth! I love how you added your own special flair to this “retro” Apple-Cider Upside-Down Cake. I’m sure you got that additional apple cider you requested:) I’ve never seen that cookbook either. I will be watching for it.
Thank you so much for joining the Cookbook Party. It’s so nice to “meet” you. Good Luck!
I came over from Louise’s cookbook party. It looks like your recipe was a real hit! I love the idea of cooking the apples with cider for extra flavor. Apple cider is so yummy, any way you ingest it. Thanks for sharing the fun recipe and pictures.
Well after all it is retro.Ha