So this was the first thing I rushed to make after we went apple picking. I've been craving this cake all year and I waited because I knew I wanted to go apple picking and use those apples to make the cake. When we went to the main part of the farm to pick up our picking permits, I browsed through their pre-picked apple selection and I immediately fell in love with their Cortland and Staymared apples because they had that "dusty" looking coating that blueberries get (which actually helps them repel water) so we went directly to those orchards.
Now's about the time I explain to you that I am not naturally the outdoorsy type. I used to be when I was with Vlad, but I eventually went back to my hermit ways. I love the thought of having fun outdoor adventures. I just can't stand the heat and more importantly, bugs. Plus I am basically allergic to everything outside. So as soon as we reach the orchards, my allergies kicked which in turn started giving me issues with my asthma. And of course this happened to be the one time I take my inhaler out of my purse because the one I kept inside the house ran out. So I was huffing and puffing and trying not to start an attack in the middle of an apple field. At the same time, I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to pick apples because it is so much fun.
So here I am walking at a snails pace scared that I was going to have an asthma attack while searching through the trees for the best apples. And of course all the best ones had to be at the top, so I ended up picking my daughter up so she could grab them for me. We had a ton of tun at the end of it all and despite the fact that their apples were just over $1 a pound, I still ended up spending a ton on apples. I also bought some apple cider, peach cider, and apple cider doughnuts for us to munch on during the ride home.
We are actually going back today to go for a hayride and pumpkin picking. I love this particular farm because the hayrides are cheap and they come with the ability to pick one pumpkin AND you get a free apple cider doughnut and apple cider. Suh-weet!
Anyway, the caramel apple upside down cake. Yeah. It's yummy caramel goodness that soaks right into a simple, buttery cake. But it's got apples, so it counts as a breakfast food. I recommend making at least two of these (the recipe is easily doubled or triples) because they don't last long. At least they didn't in my house. I made three. One for us, another for my grandmom and aunt (my grandmoms diabetic, so it's mostly so she doesn't feel left out) and one for the neighbors. Well... my family ended up eating two and a half over night. Oops.
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