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Apple Upside Down Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Coco and Ash


The Topping

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 granny smith apples (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices)

The Cake

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and spray your pan with non-stick spray or coat with butter. (I use either a round cake pan or an 8x8 square pan)

The Topping

  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together over medium heat and bring to a slow boil for 2 minutes then remove from heat.
  • While your butter and brown sugar mixture is cooking, peel and slice the apples into 1/2 inch slices. 
  • When the butter and sugar mixture is ready, pour it into your prepared pan. Lay the apples on top of the mixture in a single layer.

The Cake

  • in a large bowl, beat together the butter and white sugar until fluffy then add in the eggs and vanilla and beat again until combined. Stir in the milk and combine. 
  • Sprinkle the surface of the cake mixture with the all-purpose flour, then sprinkle in the cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir everything together with a spatula just until combined. 
  • Pour the batter over the apples in the pan. The batter is not runny so do your best to spread it evenly to cover all the apples and come to the edges of the pan. 
  • Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. (The cake is done when a you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean) 
  • Let the cake cool for 15 minutes and while it's still warm, run a knife around the edges to make sure it's loosened from the pan. 
  • Place your serving dish or plate on top of the pan and carefully flip the cake over onto the dish. You may need to jiggle the pan slightly to get the cake to fall out. (I would suggest using oven mitts) 
  • Serve warm with whipped cream, or ice cream!