adapted from The Kitchn
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 medium-sized firm apples
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon, plus extra for the apples
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in
a small saucepan over low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until
well-combined. Let it bubble for about 2 minutes, then remove from the
heat and spread in the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan. Set aside.
Peel the apples and core them. Cut them in thick slices, and cut each
slice in half. Arrange the apples cut-side up in the prepared pan.
Sprinkle them lightly with cinnamon.
4. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom, as well as 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Warm the milk in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Add the
remaining 2 tablespoons butter and keep warm until the butter melts
6. While the milk is warming, beat the eggs for 3 to 5
minutes, or until they are very thick and pale. Gradually add the white
sugar and beat for 5 minutes.
7. Add the flour mixture, and then the hot milk. Stir until the batter is smooth, and pour it over the apples.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake is golden. Let the cake
cool for a full 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the inside of
the pan to help release the cake, and invert onto a serving plate. Serve
with vanilla ice cream.
Makes one 9-inch cake.