Apple Upside Down Cake

Created by: Krissy Allori, Self Proclaimed Foodie

Nothing says fall like a warm spiced apple dessert, and this Apple Upside Down Cake will definitely impress – it’s so incredibly rich and delicious.

  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Using a 9” cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat until bubbly. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Do not stir, but allow to sit over heat for just a minute until it starts to dissolve. Remove from heat.
  3. Peel the apples, cut them in half, and remove the seeds and stem portion. Set them face down on a cutting board and cut the halves into thin slices while maintaining the original shape. Gently place these apple slices in a circular spoke pattern in the butter and brown sugar mixture.
  4. To make the cake batter, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  5. Separately, mix together egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and applesauce. Add this wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just to combine. Do not over mix – this will be very similar to pancake batter.
  6. Pour over apple pieces taking care not to change their position.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before inverting onto plate.
  8. Store in airtight container. Best if eaten within 1-2 days because apples will brown over time.


  • Why should pineapple claim all the glory when you can turn just about any fruit into an upside down cake? Banana? Sure. Pumpkin? Why not. Apple? Most certainly. With just a few tricks, you can alter this recipe to incorporate any fruit you'd like. The only question you need to answer is if that particular fruit goes well with buttery sugar. I would imagine the answer would be yes 99% of the time.
  • A good upside down cake made from scratch starts with butter and sugar. I prefer to use brown sugar because it just tastes so darn delicious.

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