This is a simple, easy-to-make cake that is perfect with a cup of tea or for a quick weeknight dessert. It looks pretty (most of the time). The sweet-tart apples are delicious and the cake is moist without being mushy. The cake has sour cream in it which lends a slight tartness and makes the crumb tender.
This is essentially an apple upside-down cake. The apple slices are golden and shimmery on the top of the cake. It really is beautiful.
When you turn the cake over, make sure you have a tight hold on it and that your 4-year old is not hanging on your leg whining and crying. Otherwise, you may end up with half the cake on the platter and the other half on the counter (see photo below). Luckily, on or off the platter this apple cake still tastes great.