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Maple Apple Upside-Down Cake

Apple Maple Tart

Growing up in Montreal, Quebec, I can assure maple syrup is synonymous with Canadian culture. A staple in many homes, I see this Maple-Apple Upside-Down cake as a wonderful addition to your holiday breakfast table. Moist and delicious, the baked apples on top of the cake give it that beautiful rustic feel.

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  • 8 servingsServings


  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 Granny Smith apples (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 350°.

2. Butter a 10-inch round cake pan. In a large saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil over high heat, then simmer over low heat until it thickens and is reduced to 3/4 cup, this should take about 20 minutes. Pour the syrup into the cake pan. Arrange the apples in the pan slightly overlapping them.

3. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup, whisk the eggs with the buttermilk and vanilla. In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until fluffy, for about 3-4 minutes.

4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ones in alternating batches. Scrape the batter over the apples and spread evenly. Bake the cake for 1 1/2 hours, until golden on top and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

5. Allow the cake to cool down on a rack for 30 minutes. Place a plate on top of the cake and invert the cake onto the plate; you might need to tap the top lightly to release the cake. Let the cake cool slightly, and its ready to be served.