Apple Upside Down Cake

I saw this great recipe from when cruising the internet and had to make this right away. It reminds me of my Pineapple Upside Down Cake I got from an Amish cookbook and love that to this day.

This recipe is super easy to make. I will admit I used the batter recipe from my Pineapple Upside Down Cake instead of the ingredients the recipe called for. I also changed the sugar from white to brown for the topping and added a little nutmeg to balance out the cinnamon.

Just simply peel the apples and squeeze a little lemon juice over them so they don’t brown as you’re slicing them.  Then core and slice the apples. Cook sugar and butter in a saucepan until brown sugar is melted. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour sugar mixture into an 9 inch cake pan with 2 inch sides.

Layer the apples in a decorative pattern on top of the sugar. Bake in the oven while you are making the batter. I used McIntosh apples as they were the only ones I had. I was afraid of the apples turning the topping into applesauce. That didn’t happen. Actually the apples were perfectly cooked. Because they came out so perfect, I will use these every time I make this cake. 

When batter is mixed, remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with cinnamon and add a tablespoon of butter to the top of the apples. Top with batter. 

Then bake.

When cake is done and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, let rest for 5 minutes. Take a butter knife and run around the edges to loosen. Flip cake onto a platter.

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Apple Upside Down Cake

  • Author: Afoodieaffair


This apple upside down cake is perfect for mornings, pot lucks, brunches or desserts. Delicious apples with a sweet sticky glaze and the perfect blend of spices over a buttery cake with a hint of mace. Mace is the perfect spice in this cake.



3 large or 4 medium sized McIntosh apples
5 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

11/4 c. sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground mace
1/3 c. (2/3 stick) butter, softened
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch round or square cake pan. Peel apples and sprinkle lemon juice over them. Cut them into wedges, remove the core and slice.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and cook until sugar dissolves. Pour the mixture in the prepared cake pan and arrange the apple slices in a decorative pattern on top of the butter/sugar mixture. Cook the apples in the oven until you prepare the batter for the cake.

While the apples are in the oven, prepare the cake batter.

Into a mixer bowl, resift the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & mace. Add the softened butter, milk & vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1-1/2 minutes, then add the egg and beat 1-1/2 minutes longer. Spread the batter evenly over the apple mixture with a rubber spatula – the batter is quite thick. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven, loosen edges with knife, and invert immediately onto platter. Let cool before serving.

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    October 3, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    These are phenomenal! Fluffy, puffy, melt-in-your-mouth. Probably the best dessert recipe. Thank you for sharing with us!!!

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      October 7, 2022 at 10:58 pm

      Agree totally Jenny. It’s funny I make a lot of recipes. But if I don’t like it, I don’t post it. This was delicious!

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    October 3, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Ok, the cake was amazing! Had to make another one for my husband to take to work next day. They were such a big hit. LOVE these!

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      October 7, 2022 at 10:58 pm

      Carol, I couldn’t agree more! Perfect way to usher in the Fall season!

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