Upside-Down Apple Cake Recipe

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Brandy Hanson Modified: March 21, 2022
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How To Make Upside-Down Apple Cake

Enjoy a sweet plate of soft and tasty upside-down apple cake, packed with the right amount of sweetness and tartness from the apples and cinnamon!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes



  • ¾cupbutter,softened
  • cupssugar
  • 3eggs
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • ½cupmilk
  • cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 1tbspcinnamon
  • 4apples,peeled, cut into ¼-inch slices

For Sauce:

  • 1cupbutter,melted
  • 1cupbrown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch cake pan.

  2. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Whisk in the eggs, vanilla, and milk until fully incorporated.

  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined.

  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and stir in the brown sugar. Bring to a boil and continue to stir for about 30 seconds, or until vigorously bubbling.

  5. Pour the sauce into the greased cake pan. Arrange the apples on top of the sauce in a circular pattern. Pour cake batter on top of apples and smooth the top of the batter.

  6. Bake for about 45 to 55 minutes, or until the cake is done, with the top springing back when gently poked.

  7. Cool for about 10 to 15 minutes and loosen the sides of the cake by running a butter knife around the edge.

  8. Place a plate upside down on top of the pan, then invert the pan, flipping the cake onto the plate.

  9. Garnish slices with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 591.39kcal
  • Fat: 34.16g
  • Saturated Fat: 21.09g
  • Trans Fat: 1.31g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.94g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.59g
  • Carbohydrates: 70.07g
  • Fiber: 2.67g
  • Sugar: 52.38g
  • Protein: 4.52g
  • Cholesterol: 134.62mg
  • Sodium: 127.96mg
  • Calcium: 91.83mg
  • Potassium: 165.30mg
  • Iron: 1.43mg
  • Vitamin A: 300.27µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.38mg
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