Tennessee Apple Upside-Down Cake
Yield: one 9- inch cake
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 medium cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into rings
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter milk
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Melt butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; sprinkle over butter in skillet. Arrange apple slices on sugar mixture. Set aside.
- Combine shortening, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and molasses, creaming well. Add egg; beat well. Combine flour, soda, salt, and spices; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
- Pour batter evenly over apple slices in prepared skillet. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool 15 minutes, and invert onto plate. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.
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