Obviously, I had to get right to work to fix this problem. And so I present to you: Mock Pine & Apple Upside Down Cake! (Printable recipe - Printable recipe without pictures)
Originally, the plan was to tack this recipe onto the end of the original post, so I didn't take as many pictures as I usually do while putting the recipe together. But I realized that tacking it onto the end of the first recipe might make the post really long, and possibly a bit confusing... So here we are, in a post all its own:
2 medium apples (I used one gala and one golden delicious, because that's what I had on hand.)
1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. oil
1 1/4 c. orange juice
(You can use either a 3-quart or a 5-quart crock pot for this recipe.)
First, slice the apples into rounds 1/2-inch thick.
With a paring knife, cut out the core from each slice.
Spray crock pot with cooking spray and line the bottom of the crock with apple slices. (The slices will fit better without overlap in a 5-quart crock pot, but if you want a thicker, taller cake, you can overlap slightly in the bottom of a 3-quart crock pot, as you see here.)
Sprinkle with brown sugar and set aside.
In large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil and orange juice.
Stir until smooth, then spread on top of the apple slices.
Cook on high for approximately 2 hours (if using a 5-quart crock pot)
or 3 - 3 1/2 hours (if using a 3-quart crock pot), until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Run a knife around the outer edge to loosen the cake, then invert it onto a platter or cutting board to remove from the crock. Let cool slightly before serving.
The kiddos stayed up past bedtime to taste-test the finished product, and they were surprised to hear that no pineapples lost their lives in the making of this cake. :)