Apple Upside Down Layer Cake with Maple Buttercream is made with three layers of cinnamon cake baked on top of fresh apples and a buttery rum-caramel. The layers are sandwiched together with real maple syrup buttercream.
From the outside this looks like a typical layer cake, but slice it open and you’ll find soft cinnamon-scented layers with fresh apples baked in a buttery rum-caramel topping. Mmm, mmm, good!
This cake was invented because I was often frustrated making nothing but layer cakes for 10 years. Don’t get me wrong, I love making layer cakes. In fact, the top 5 most popular posts on this blog are all cake-related recipes.
But, when I was running my custom cake business, Cake Art Studio, that’s all I did for 10 years; layer cakes, layer cakes and more layer cakes.
In pastry school I learned to make everything from bread, to cake, to pies, to candy. And, as someone who has been baking her entire life, I would often get a little itchy to expand the definition of “layer cake” beyond simple layers of cake and icing. My Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake was invented for the same reason. Why just have layers of chocolate chip cake and icing? Why not add a cookie as one of the layers?
Autumn is a very busy time of year in the wedding cake business, so I wanted to create a special cake flavor for fall weddings. Of course, apple/cinnamon is a perfect fall flavor. I’d thought about making a cake with an apple pie type of filling between the layers. But, can you imagine what might happen to a 5 tier wedding cake with slippery apple pie filling between the layers? Yikes!! It makes me shudder just to think about it.
I’d already created a cake flavor that I called the “Pineapple Flip”. I love old-fashioned pineapple upside down cake and wanted to somehow get that flavor into a wedding cake. So I stacked short layers of pineapple upside down cake with coconut-rum buttercream. Yum!!
For this recipe, I used the same concept, but with autumn flavors of apple, cinnamon and maple. The great part is, with the caramlized apples baked onto the cake layers there is no danger of the cake falling apart, even in a multi-tier wedding cake.
Although it is an unusual layer cake, it’s easy to put together. Just read the recipe and watch the video to see how it’s done. The layers are quite soft when they’re warm, but they become firm when chilled. As long as you work with the layers while they’re cold, putting the cake together is as easy as any other layer cake. Once the cake is assembled it should be kept at room temperature so it’s nice and soft when served.
I think this cake is something special and unexpected. I hope you agree.
Watch this video to see how-to put together an Apple Upside Down Layer Cake:
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