Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake With Chai Spices is a recipe you need as cooler temperatures set in! SweeTango apples combine with the peppery bite of homemade chai spice, and the nuttiness of spelt flour come to make an apple cake recipe perfect to enjoy with a cup of hot tea.
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This post was first published on September 30, 2018 and was last updated July 28, 2019.
Where Are SweeTango Apples Grown?
In Canada, SweetTango apples are grown in Nova Scotia and Quebec.
When Are SweeTango Apples Available?
They are generally available from early October until mid-November when stock runs out, however, if you’re lucky you will find them a bit later into the colder months!
What Exactly Is A SweeTango Apple?
SweeTango apples are a hybrid of sweet Honeycrisp and tangy Zestar apples. Apple breeders at the University of Minnesota used a manual and painstaking process to cross-pollinate these two parent apple varieties to create an apple with distinct taste and texture.
What do SweeTango Apples Taste Like?
SweeTango apples are sweet and tangy with a crisp, juicy bite. They’ve been described as having notes of citrus, honey, and spice. They are one of my favourite apples for eating and baking. Give them a try – you won’t be disappointed!
Are SweeTango Apples Good For Baking?
They are perfect for fall recipes, especially pies and crisps! The apple structure held up in my toffee apple upside down cake, and the slices maintained firmness with a sweet tang that balanced the toffee and homemade chai spice nicely.
Where Can You Buy SweeTango Apples?
When stock is available, they should be widely available from Nova Scotia through Ontario, however, they are currently not available west of Ontario.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland – Available at Costco, Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Sobeys, Walmart, and independent grocers.
Quebec – Find them at Costco, Metro, Provigo, and IGA.
Ontario – Sold at Costco, Metro, Fortinos, Loblaw, Zehrs, and independent grocers.
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Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake With Chai Spices
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup 35% heavy cream
- 2 SweeTango apples
- 1 1/4 cups spelt flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Make The Toffee Sauce - Place ¼ cup of butter and ¼ cup of sugar in a small-medium pot and cook over medium heat. Stir gently until the butter melts to help dissolve the sugar, but once the butter has melted do not stir again. Cook butter and sugar to a deep amber colour and remove from heat. Slowly and carefully add ¼ cup of 35% heavy cream cream, whisking constantly. Set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Generously butter a 9-inch round cake pan. Line buttered pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment with more butter.
- Peel, core, and slice SweeTango apples to your preference. Pour toffee sauce into prepared cake tin. Arrange apple pieces gently on top of toffee sauce in tin.
- In a medium-large bowl mix spelt flour, ground cardamom, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ground cloves, white pepper, baking powder, and salt to combine. Set aside.
- In another bowl whisk sugar and melted butter until sugar dissolves. Add eggs, one at a time, and whisk until combined. Add milk and vanilla to egg mixture and continue to whisk until well combined.
- Slowly fold flour mixture into egg mixture. When all dry ingredients have been added continue to fold until flour streaks just disappear. Gently scoop and spread cake batter evenly on top of apples in cake tin, trying not to disturb the arrangement of the apples in the toffee sauce. Place the pan in the oven and bake 30-35 minutes, or until an internal temperature reads 200-205º. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes then turn out onto a plate or platter. Serve warm or cold, plain or with whipped cream.
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