Upside Down Vanilla Rum Cake

I’ll be very honest with you, I don’t like many sweet things. I don’t eat dessert often. Most times after a meal I drink tea or water. And if I eat dessert then it has to be one hour or more after my meal. It makes me sound really posh but I am just trying to make space in my stomach before I attack food again. Yes, this process also includes a nap and visiting the bathroom for some alone time.

Because I don’t eat sweets that often then it means that I take my desserts very seriously. I like eating cake but mostly with a little frosting and lots of fruit.

So when I was talking with my mother the other day and she told me about a new recipe she came up with that met my not too sweet criteria. I was extremely excited. She gave me the go-ahead to use and tweak the recipe as I saw fit. Her original recipe had no alcohol or vanilla in it (Such a shame mother!), she also used pears when I used apples in mine.

I love how versatile this recipe can be, you can add whatever fruit you like or make it without adding fruit. It’s all up to you. Here is another area in baking where you can get creative and try using a new recipe just like I did.

I’ll let you be the judge of this wonderful creation but just my biased opinion it is freaking delicious. This recipe makes 8 servings, as in a slice is a serving but you don’t have to follow that rule.

The Recipe

Yes, I ate that slice and I have no regrets.


3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 cup butter and 1 tablespoon softened

3 eggs

1 ounce of 63 proof rum

1 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cinnamon

1/2 of an apple sliced into thin slices


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place 1 cup of butter into a small glass bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds (or until it has liquefied)

In a large mixing bowl combine all of your dry ingredients except 1 tbsp of sugar.

In another large bowl mix together your eggs with your butter until it smooth.

Add your vanilla extract and rum then gently mix together until fully blended.

Combine your wet and dry ingredients and mix until all the lumps are gone.

In a large circular baking dish use the butter to oil the dish. Be certain to get the side and edges where the sides meet the bottom of the dish. Use a 3-inch deep dish with approximately 8 inches wide.

Lightly dust the baking dish with flour, coating the crevices of the dish and the sides. You can shake off the extra flour into the mixture and stir it in if you so desire or throw it away.

Place the apple slices in a circular pattern at the bottom of the dish then lightly sprinkle the remaining brown sugar over the apple slices.

Pour the mixture into the baking dish and use a spatula to even out the top before putting it into the oven.

Bake for 35-45 minutes and when it is close to finishing use a knife or toothpick to test if the middle of the cake has baked all the way through.

Once you have checked to see that it is finished, take it out of the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes.

When you can safely touch the bottom of the cake without getting burned, use a plate to cover the top of the dish then flip it over.

You want for your apples to stay firmly on the cake, rather than sticking to the dish when you try to flip it over. This is why we oil and dust the dish with flour before we placed the apple slices down.

After you have flipped the cake, sprinkle some cinnamon over the top and Ta-dah!


One Comment Add yours

  1. YUM (all caps deserved!)

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