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Bourbon-Apple-Rye Upside-Down Cake

Bourbon-Apple-Rye Upside-Down Cake

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Hands On 25 mins
  • Total Time 1 hr

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We hid shredded apple in the cake for extra flavor and moistness, but the real star here is the gorgeous array of fall fruit, glazed with bourbon-infused caramel.


  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened; divided
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon, divided
  • 1 medium tart cooking apple, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rye flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded, tart apple (2 medium apples)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Grease a 9-inch round baking pan.
  2. For caramel: In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Whisk in 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of the bourbon. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil, uncovered, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat; let cool slightly. Pour into a prepared pan, spreading evenly. Arrange apple slices over caramel, overlapping slightly, if desired
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, rye flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the remaining 6 tablespoons softened butter for 30 seconds. Add the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and beat until well combined. Add egg, remaining 2 tablespoons bourbon, and the vanilla. Beat until combined. Beat in shredded apple. Beat in half of the flour mixture at a time just until combined.
  5. Drop batter in spoonfuls over apple slices in pan and spread gently and evenly to edges. Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on rack 10 minutes. Loosen cake from sides of pan. Invert onto a serving plate. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

(Bourbon-Apple-Rye Upside-Down Cake)

Servings Per Recipe 8, cal. (kcal) 298, vit. A (IU) 425, iron (mg) 1, pro. (g) 3, calcium (mg) 97, sugar (g) 25, Potassium (mg) 147, fiber (g) 3, sodium (mg) 301, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Folate (µg) 29, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, carb. (g) 41, Niacin (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 8, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 54, Fat, total (g) 12, vit. C (mg) 3

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