Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake is a wonderful fall cake recipe.
Not only does this cake taste completely delicious, but it looks impressive too. Look at all of those apples that have perfectly caramelized on top! Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake has nice fall flavors in a tender cake. The fresh apples cooked into it are a big time bonus.
Three Steps to making an Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake:
- Butter the pan and sprinkle brown sugar on top of the butter.
- Place slices of fresh apple in two concentric circles on top of the brown sugar.
3. Spread the cake batter evenly on top of the apples.
How to flip an upside down cake:
Make sure the cake has cooled. Run a knife around the edge of the cake in the pan. Place a large plate or serving platter on top of the cake pan, and carefully invert the cake onto the platter. If any of the apples happen to get stuck in the pan, carefully move them to the top of the cake.
What kind of apples are best to use when baking apple cakes?
It’s always a good idea to combine a couple different kinds of apples when baking. That’ll give the cake the great flavors you’re looking for. If you prefer a more tart apple flavor, use a mix of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith. For a sweeter-tasting cake, try using Gala and/or Fuji.
Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake is delicious all by itself. But it’s even more delicious topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too. Even better- try salted caramel ice cream on top! Freshly whipped cream is another good topping for this cake.
How to make freshly whipped cream:
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to beat these ingredients until medium peaks form. At this point, it’ll be ready for spooning onto slices of cake for serving.
It’s time to make this beautiful Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake for your next fall gathering or as a dessert for a family dinner. Enjoy!
Here are a few more apple cake recipes you might like to try:
- Apple Cake with Hot Caramel Rum Sauce
- Chopped Apple Cake with Sticky Toffee Topping
- Cinnamon Apple Pie Cake
- Caramel Apple Sheet Cake
- Apple Topped Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
- Apple Spice Bundt Cake
- Whole Grain Apple Cake
Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake
BOTTOM OF THE PAN:
- 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 medium apples (peeled, cored and each sliced into 8 wedges)
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
PREPARE THE PAN:
- Coat the bottom and side of a 9-inch round cake pan with 2 tablespoons butter; sprinkle the bottom of the pan with brown sugar.
ASSEMBLE THE APPLES:
- In a medium bowl, toss the apples with lemon juice; arrange the apples in the prepared pan in two concentric circles (you might not use all of them).
PREPARE THE CAKE BATTER:
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
- In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat until incorporated. With mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture in three parts and the milk in two, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Spoon the batter over the apples in the pan; smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack, at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours (if the cake has risen above the rim of the pan, simply push it gently back inside the rim).
- To serve, run a knife around the edge of the pan, and invert the cake onto a rimmed platter.
- *This is a super easy cake to make. Watch the time- if you bake too long, it might be dry.
- Be sure to arrange the apples carefully so that it decorates the top when it's flipped over.
Thanks for sharing this delicious, easy to follow , and beautiful apple cake. Made this yesterday for Rosh Hashanah and it was a big hit. Only thing I edited is I used dark brown sugar instead ( only thing I had)
This was delicious. I served it for a girl’s night out and it was a big success. I will make this again. I make a homemade caramel sauce to swirl on top of the cake before serving….awesome!
Hi Lori, I love apples and cinnamon and am looking forward to making this cake. I have a question, do you melt the butter in the bottom of the pan, or just smear it?
You can just rub the room temperature butter on the bottom of the pan.
Delicious! I made mine in a cast iron pan so the edges were a bit crispy. My family loved it!!
Thanks recipe girl 🙂