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October 12, 2011

Apple Cider Upside-Down Cake–A Mid-Century Recipe Test

By RetroRuth

Okay, okay. I know. Apple cider AND desserts two weeks in a row. It’s unheard of here on the Mid-Century Menu, where everything is supposed to be scary all the time. But I couldn’t help myself!  I was so disappointed with the lack of cider flavor in last week’s Cider Eggnog Pie that I had to try again this week. I mean, you understand, right? It’s all for legitimate scientific testing. I set out to find a mid-century recipe full of cider flavor, and I need to find it.

Plus, I wanted Tom to buy me more cider.

I am happy to say that I succeeded on both counts.


This is Apple Cider Upside-Down Cake. And it is delicious.

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This is another fun recipe brought to you by our friends at the Apple Kitchen Cook Book, from 1966.

What can I say? ‘Tis the season for apples!

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(for a printable recipe, go here!)


I have to admit though, this sucker is kind of an ugly cake. But what it lacks in good looks, it makes up for in sheer cider flavor.


I think my favorite part was when I got to cook the apples in cider for that double apple flavor that makes us all crazy.

Except I have to admit I cheated a little bit on this one, which I normally don’t do. I took the cider drained off from the apples and, instead of guzzling it down like I wanted to, I substituted it for the water in the cake mix. And I am not sorry.


Not. At. All.

Especially when it gets this kind of reaction from Tom:






The Verdict: Really yummy and very easy. Normally I don’t use cake mixes for cakes, but this one was really good with a cake mix. But you could probably sub your favorite spice cake recipe or even gingerbread….oh…wait. That was just a really good idea.  I know what I am making later this week, after we scarf our way through this whole cake. Apple Cider Upside-Down Gingerbread!

*If you make this recipe, be aware that my cake was done WAY earlier than 55 mins. It took about 40. Check your cake for doneness according to the package directions!

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4 Responses to Apple Cider Upside-Down Cake–A Mid-Century Recipe Test

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    October 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Hee-larious!!! 🙂 Glad this one finally worked out and tasted like cider!

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    October 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks, Sara! Me too!

  3. Andrea Reply

    October 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Oh, this one looks soooooo good! I love spice cake, too! I may have to try this one out!

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    October 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    It IS really good, Andrea!

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