Apple Pecan Upside Down Cake
"I love pineapple upside down cake and thought this would be a tasty alternative. I tried experimenting with apples and pecans and came up with this. I hope other members enjoy it as much as I have." - Pam Dixon, Dahlonega
2 cups fresh apples, peeled, cored and cut into half-inch slices
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 box butter recipe cake mix
1 cup milk
1 stick butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On stove top, melt one stick of butter in a greased 10.5 - 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. While butter melts, mix apples, pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl until apples are evenly coated. Pour apple mixture into skillet over melted butter and stir together for five minutes, or until brown sugar dissolves and apples begin to soften. Remove from heat.
In a separate bowl, prepare the cake batter by mixing the box cake mix, eggs, milk and butter. Pour batter on top of apple mixture in skillet, leaving at least 1/2 inch of skillet visible between the batter and skillet rim, and place in oven. Discard extra batter.
Place cookie sheet directly beneath skillet in oven to catch any spillover. Bake for 40 minutes or until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Invert onto large plate or cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.