Upside Down Apricot Cake

I am sorry to all you subscribers who are sick of my cake posts.

After 10 years, I have been making the same dinners and the only thing new in my repertoire lately are cakes! I'm getting good at this baking thing.

I love an upside down anything cake.

But the funny thing is, I have never made the original version, a PINEAPPLE upside down cake!
I will, give it time.

I found beautiful fresh local apricots at the farmer's market recently and I knew a cake had to be made.

I have never tried a fresh apricot. Truth.

When I was a kid, my grandmother always put out a tray of dried fruits and nuts (a Jewish thing), and I hated those bitter, shriveled up orange things called apricots.

It was time to try a fresh one.

The beautiful fresh apricots worked beautifully in this buttermilk cake, and I highly recommend you make this cake (I say that with all the cakes I post!).

I added fresh local cherries to the centers of the apricot halves for aesthetics.

This one is winner.

My neighbor said it was so delicious, it brought tears to her eyes, she said it reminded her of her Austrian grandmother's apricot cake.

The highest compliment. :)

Fresh Apricot Upside Down Buttermilk Cake (loosely adapted from Epicurious):

For topping:

1/2 stick (4 tbsp) unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
10 or 11 small (2- to 2 1/4-inch) fresh apricots (1 1/4 lb), halved lengthwise and pitted
cherries for the center of the apricots (optional)

For cake:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I did 1 cup flour + 3/4 cup almond flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk

Special equipment: a 9-10 inch well-seasoned cast-iron or heavy nonstick skillet (at least 2 inches deep).

Cook the butter and sugar on the stove top. Using a silicone spatula, spread the mixture until it becomes a thick brown caramel.

Lay your apricot halves (with cherry in the center of each half) in a pretty pattern face down in the caramel. Turn off the heat.

You can do this step way in advance. It doesn't matter if the caramel hardens.

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Wet ingredients (eggs, butter, sugar, extracts) in another bowl.

Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix to make a batter.

Add in the buttermilk last and combine thoroughly.

Pour this mixture over the face down apricots in the caramel and carefully spread the batter.

Bake 35 minutes in a 375F preheated oven.

Let rest only 5 minutes in the pan then run a knife around the edges to make sure nothing is stuck.

With 2 pot holders, flip the cake onto the appropriate size serving platter.

Don't worry if some of the fruit sticks to the pan, you can repair it easily, but mine came out of the pan like a dream.

This is a pretty and delicious cake.

We loved what else is new?


Anonymous said…

I LOVE your cake recipes oxo

Michele S.
Stacey Snacks said…
Thank you Michele!
Susan M said…
Making this one!!!! just looks too good!
Mary said…
This looks beautiful and sounds tasty! I think I'll make it for back to work day on Monday, for the people who aren't looking forward to being back:)

Unknown said…
Try making the pineapple. I recently made the pineapple upside down cake from Cooks illustrated and you don't make rings of pineapple, but cook the cut up fruit in brown sugar, etc. It is divine.
Stacey Snacks said…
Elizabeth....oh! I like that idea, fresh pineapple cut up in the brown sugar......doing it!

Anonymous said…
I love the way you write, just as if you are there chatting to us!
Looks and sounds delicious, but I'm a sucker for any cake with fruit (except boiled fruit cake and Christmas cake) they are usually so moist.
Stacey Snacks said…
Deborah C.

I LOVE fruitcake....the kind with tons of nuts and good quality dried fruits like figs, dates, etc. I am addicted to it during the holidays.....

Thank you for the nice comment.

Ciao Chow Linda said…
I can't believe you never tried a fresh apricot until now. Well, I'm glad you are a convert. But who wouldn't be with this upside down cake? As a child, the one I always requested for my birthday was a pineapple upside down cake. I still love it, especially on the day it comes out of the oven.
Carol said…
Hi Stacey,
I made this delicious cake today, but the center of the cake did not cook through. I followed the directions precisely and after 35 minutes the toothpick came out clean. Do you have any suggestions? The outer part of the cake that cooked properly was delicious...I want to make this again, but need help.
Stacey Snacks said…
Hmm, my cake was a bit on the dry side......Give it another 5-10 oven runs hot, and my cast iron skillet is a 9". Not sure what went wrong!!! Give it another go.

I am posting another upside down cake soon (with figs) that uses a 9" cake pan, the batter is a bit different, and the baking time is 40 min at 350F.


Stacey Snacks said…
Try using less buttermilk (1/3 cup), this will prob do the trick!

Carol Mince said…
Stacey, I got a fresh pineapple through a Harry and David monthly fruit delivery. Can I use fresh pineapple instead of apricots? I’m hooked on Martha’s Strawberry cake ( made 30 times best guess).

Your recipes are helping me get thru this current mess. Hope you and your family are safe.