The brown sugar, apple, and pecan mixture that’s cooked in the skillet and then topped with a spiced cake batter become a gooey, rich topping for the cake when it’s inverted.
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 cup butter, softened and divided
2 teaspoons brandy
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups all-purpose baking mix
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 5 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 375°.
Toss apple slices with lemon juice, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in brandy. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Sprinkle pecans over brown sugar mixture. Arrange apples in 2 concentric circles over pecans.
Beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar and remaining 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add milk, sour cream, and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla, beating just until blended.
Whisk together baking mix, nutmeg, and remaining 1/4 tsp. cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add nutmeg mixture to butter mixture, beating just until blended.
Beat egg whites in a large bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Spread batter over apples in skillet.
Bake at 375° for 50 to 54 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted halfway into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in skillet on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of cake to loosen. Invert cake onto a serving plate, replacing any topping that sticks to skillet on cake.
Note: We tested with Bisquick Original All-Purpose Baking Mix.
To get a true reading of doneness, insert the wooden pick only halfway through the cake when testing.
Followed directions exactly. Not enough apples, and they were a little overcooked. At 54 minutes the top was golden but runny on the inside. I cooked only two more minutes but cake tastes dry and overcooked. I used Bisquick original also as noted in recipe. The "caramel" wasn't caramel at all. The brown sugar never melted because it is still granular yet overcooked because it immediately hardened...and I mean HARD - like rock candy. All I got positive from this recipe is that I'll try my own variation using my method of cooked apples instead.
I thought this was just ok. Toasting the pecans before putting it in the pan to bake resulted in burned pecans. The cake just tasted alright, I think it would have been better to use a boxed spice cake mix. I don't think I'd make this again. There were a lot of steps and it just was ok.