Apple Upside Down Cake Mom's Recipe

Apple's just shout out fall to me. This made me want to get cozy by the fireplace with a nice cup of cocoa or warm cider and watch an old time movie. Making this reminded me of my childhood with my mom peeling bags of apples and coming up with several cake, pies and new way to use them. She used any kind of fruit with this cake batter she had on hand. 

I have tried her recipe with pineapple, peaches and blueberries. I even used fresh cherries this year for the first time. Can't make up my mind which one I like better. Served warmed is best. 

Apple Upside Down Cake Mom's Recipe

Bottom layer


1 stick butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 apples pared and cored or other fruit of choice

Melt butter, add the cinnamon, sugar, mix together and pour onto a brownie size pan and parchment paper lined.

Slice two large apples or (two cups of other fruit of your choice) place on top of this mixture.


1 stick butter, margarine or use 1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg

 In a medium mixing bowl blend sugar, butter together for 2 minutes until well blended. Add all other dry ingredients except milk, alternately with the milk and vanilla last into that mixture.  Spread this thick batter over the apple mixture.

Bake on a preheated oven on 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes until set in the middle.

Cook and serve slightly warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice. cream.

Pecan Chocolate Caramel Blondie Recipe

I am not a huge fan of pecan pie but these bars are a similar taste except for adding chocolate chips in the center which totally made me a huge fan. The texture and filling is just awesome and I love how easy they are to make and serve to guests. Perfect dessert option for the busy cook and great alternative to making a pie. 

They will all ask you for the recipe I promise!

Pecan Chocolate Caramel Blondie Recipe


1 cup flour

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter softened
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together in a bowl until well blended divide in half


1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup whole pecans
6 ounces ice cream topping caramel


Optional: cinnamon sugar mixture

Assembly for bars:

Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pat half the dough into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar on top.

Sprinkle with 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and half a jar of ice cream caramel topping
 (around 6 ounces) over the top of the chips

Add the rest of the dough on top evenly as best as you can.

Top with around 1/2 cup whole pecans and add more cinnamon sugar  on top of dough if desired

Bake at 350 degrees for around 25 minutes. Cool completely, cut into bars.