I am sending this to JZ's Santas holiday challenge event.
All purpose flour - 1 cup + 2 tbsp
Apples - 11/4 piece, peeled and sliced
Sour cream - 1/3 cup
Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp grated
salt - 1/4 tsp
Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over high heat until it turns a warm amber color, about 360 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Swirl the pan but don't stir. Pour evenly over the apple slices.
Pour the cake batter evenly over the apple slices and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a flat plate. If an apple slice sticks, ease it out and replace it in the design on top of the cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.