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In most recipes for upside-down apple cake, the apple slices taste bland and watery, so the cake ultimately disappoints. We wanted a moist, buttery cake and a luscious apple topping that was full of deeply fruity, caramelized flavor. We found that precooking some of the apples before placing them in the bottom of the cake pan gave us plentiful fruit infused with caramel flavor for our best apple upside-down cake recipe. For a coarse-crumbed cake that wouldn’t buckle under the weight of the fruit, we used the quick-bread method, in which we melt the butter and mix the liquid and dry ingredients separately before combining them. The melted butter introduces less air into the batter, creating a sturdier crumb.
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