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Upside-Down Apple Gingerbread

Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 45 mins
Yield Serves 8


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges each
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Nutrition Information

  • calories 330
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 8 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 57 mg
  • sodium 234 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF; grease an 8-inch round cake pan. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp. butter. Add apple wedges; sprinkle with brown sugar. Sauté 5 minutes, until softened. Pour liquid into cake pan and arrange apple wedges in a single layer.

  2. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Beat 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Beat in 1/3 of flour mixture and hot water until smooth; repeat twice. Pour batter into pan; spread evenly over apples.

  3. Bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around pan edge to loosen, then invert cake onto a serving plate. Let cool to room temperature before serving.