1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch rings
4 maraschino cherries, drained and halved
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Whipped cream (optional)
How to Make It
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 9 - inch cast - iron skillet. Spread brown sugar evenly over butter, and arrange apple rings on top of sugar. Place a cherry half in the center of each apple ring. Set aside.
Cream 1/2 cup butter and honey, beating until smooth. Add egg; mix well.
Dissolve soda in buttermilk. Combine flour, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat well after each addition.
Spoon batter evenly over apple rings in skillet. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes, and carefully invert cake onto serving plate. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.