Speculaas Upside Down Apple Cake

    Dutch apple cakes are traditionally a vanilla sponge type cake with apple chunks atop it, but coming from a Dutch family myself, when I think of Dutch flavours my mind goes straight to Speculaas. So without further ado, my Speculaas Apple Upside Down Cake.


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    • 3 medium granny smith apples
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 160g butter
    • 1 cup caster sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 tsp Speculaas spice
    • 2 cups plain flour
    • 1/8tsp salt


    1. Preheat oven to 150 degree Celsius.
    2. Grease or line a 20cm round cake tin and set aside.
    3. Core and slice your apples into thin half spheres and set aside.
    4. Sprinkle brown sugar in an even layer in the base of your cake tin and arrange your apple slice atop the brown sugar in any pattern you wish. Note: you will yield better results if your apples overlap somewhat.
    5. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and Speculaas spice in a bowl and set aside
    6. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl until light in colour. Add and mix in eggs one by one, followed by flour/spice mixture. Beat together until smooth.
    7. Carefully, so as not to disturb your apple arrangement, spoon cake batter into your cake tin and smooth the surface with a knife.
    8. Place in the oven to bake for 1 hour 30 minutes (90 minutes total), or until a skewer inserted into the centre of your cake comes out clean.
    9. Remove from cake tin while still warm to avoid the caramel in the bottom from setting and sticking.

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