1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cold butter in a 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Place in 350 degrees F oven for about 5 minutes or until butter is melted. Meanwhile, halve apples; remove stems. With a melon baller or small spoon, scoop out apple cores. Sprinkle brown sugar over melted butter; stir. Arrange 9 apple halves in butter mixture, cut sides down. Return to oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbly.
2. Meanwhile, peel and coarsely shred remaining 3 apple halves; set aside. In a medium bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder and spices. Add
3. shredded apple, milk, 1/4 cup softened butter, egg and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Spoon batter gently over apples in pan, spreading evenly (some apple may still be exposed and some butter mixture may come to the surface).
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and invert onto serving platter. Spoon any topping left in pan over the top of cake. Cool about 20 minutes; serve warm with ice cream.