Upside-Down One-Bowl Apple Cake

For an easy, no-fail dessert, try this one-bowl recipe. The apple, cinnamon, and vanilla make a scrumptious treat for Christmas.



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Ingredients
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    1/3  cup 
    butter, cut up
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    6   very small 
    red cooking apples (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds total)
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    1/3  cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    1 1/3  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    2/3  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    2   teaspoons 
    baking powder
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    1   teaspoon 
    ground ginger
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    1   teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
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    2/3  cup 
    milk
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    1/4  cup 
    butter, softened
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    1   
    egg
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    Cinnamon or vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Place the 1/3 cup butter in a 9x9x2-inch baking pan. Place in oven about 5 minutes or until butter is melted. Halve apples; remove stems. Using a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out apple cores.
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Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter; stir to combine. Spread evenly over bottom of pan. Arrange nine of the apple halves, cut sides down, in butter mixture. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until butter mixture is bubbly.
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Meanwhile, peel and coarsely shred the remaining three apple halves; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, ginger, and cinnamon. Add shredded apple, milk, the 1/4 cup softened butter, the egg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Gently spoon batter over apple halves in pan, spreading evenly (some apple may still be exposed and some butter mixture may come to the surface).
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Bake about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
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Using a sharp knife or narrow metal spatula, loosen edges of cake from sides of baking pan. Carefully invert onto a serving platter. Spoon any butter mixture remaining in pan onto cake. Cool for 20 minutes more. Serve warm. If desired, serve cake with ice cream. Makes 9 servings.
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