Ginger Apple Upside Down Squares

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by Kate on October 28, 2013

Thank you to Red Star Yeast for sponsoring today’s post! You can find helpful hints, tips and more wonderful recipes over on Red Star Yeast

Autumn is my very favorite season. I adore the crisp, brisk winds that whip the leaves and my hair. Each year I look forward to digging into my closet to pull out my coziest sweaters. I love building a fire in our fireplace to warm our home. But of course, a large chunk of my love for any season has everything to do with food. Apple season is officially upon us! It’s time for making candied apples, apple strudel, and even baked apples. Apple everything!

With so many apple varieties  to choose from, your creation possibilities are endless. My personal favorite are Ginger Gold apples. I love their flavor with just a hint of spice. They’re a staple in my fruit bowl when I can find them and an almost daily snack. With apple creations on the brain, I felt it was time for an apple cake. I knew my favorite apple would be the perfect shining star atop a bed of moist yeasted cake for these Ginger Apple Upside Down Squares.

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This cake is easy to assembly and only requires a few minutes of active time. Those lovely apples take a bath in a simple syrup kissed with warm autumn spices until they’re just tender. Then you can hop off to run errands, fold laundry or just kick back and relax while the dough rises. It’s just a short time before those apples are smothered in the risen dough and ready to pop into the warm oven.

What emerges is an autumn apple cake that’s perfect for an afternoon snack or for serving guests. A quick flip of that golden, syrup soaked cake reveals circles of cinnamon and ginger spiced apples which are sure to impress, even if you’re only serving little girls for an afternoon tea party. Be sure to visit Red Star Yeast on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Google+ for more great recipe ideas!

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Ginger Apple Upside Down Squares

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12-15 squares

Ginger Apple Upside Down Squares

These ginger apple upside down squares are tender cake topped with spice-kised baked apples that create a simple dessert that's sure to impress.


    For Dough:
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Red Star Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • For Apples & Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • Juice and finely chopped zest from 1 lemon
  • 3 large Ginger Gold apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter


    Make Dough:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups bread flour and yeast. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm water, milk, butter, granulated sugar and salt to 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring constantly. Pour warm liquid into flour mixture and add eggs. With a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or using a hand mixer, beat for 30 seconds on low speed then increase mixer speed to high and beat again for 3 minutes. Add remaining flour mixture and almond extract. Beat again just until all the flour has been incorporated. Cover and let rise at warm room temperature until double in size, 30-45 minutes.
  3. Syrup & Apples:
  4. In a large sauce pan, stir together water and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes then add lemon juice. Reserve 3/4 cup of syrup for later use. To remaining syrup, add lemon zest, apples, cinnamon, and crystallized ginger. Bring to a boil and simmer 3-4 minutes until apples are tender. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish and pour apple/syrup mixture into bottom, spreading evenly. Set aside.
  5. Scrape the dough over the top of the apples, smoothing top. Set aside uncovered at warm room temperature to rise again until doubled, 20-25 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake risen cake in middle of preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove cake from oven and set on a wire rack. Reheat reserved syrup. Poke small holes over the top of the cake using the tines of a form or a thin skewer. Brush syrup over the top of the cake and allow the syrup to absorb. Cool to warm.
  7. Place a large serving platter over the top of the baking dish and carefully invert. Cut cake into squares and serve warm or at room temperature.


Adapted from Red Star Yeast

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

suzanne October 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

Wonderful recipe, the cake sounds really delicious!


Jennie @themessybakerblog October 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

We just recently fell in love with ginger gold apples last year when we found them at a small apple stand on the side of the road in PA. They’re truly a perfect apple. This dessert looks delicious. Pinned.


Ruthy @ Omeletta October 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I love Ginger Gold apples! I have a hard time finding them sometimes so the majority of my Apple Love goes to Honeycrisp, but Ginger Golds are beautiful to cook with. This cake looks incredible- I can’t believe how easy it looks to make!


Kate November 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

It’s SO easy to make! And that’s a very good thing because this has become a favorite in our house.


Dina October 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

it looks yummy!


Vicki @ WITK October 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

These bars look amazing! And like most people, I picked way too many apples at the orchard the other day 🙂


ChristineM October 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

WELL, I just bought apples to juice in my juicer, but I think I will make this instead! DOH!!!!


Kate November 1, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hope you enjoy it Christine!!


Red Star Yeast October 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Looks fabulous, Kate! The ginger apples are on my ‘must-try’ list. Thanks for baking our recipe!


Kate November 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm

You’ll love ginger gold apples! Once I discovered them they quickly became my favorite.


Terra October 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I love Red Star yeast! AND I love your upside down squares!!! I am an apple freak, they are fabulous in just about anything. Your squares look gorgeous, and filled with amazing flavors:-) Hugs, Terra


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