Apple Upside-Down Cake Recipe

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For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-3 medium-sized apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

For the Cake:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk


Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Grease a 9-inch round cake pan and set it aside.

Prepare the Topping:

In a small saucepan, melt the 1/2 cup of butter over medium heat.

Add the brown sugar, stirring until it dissolves and becomes a smooth caramel-like mixture.

Pour the caramel into the bottom of the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.

Arrange the sliced apples on top of the caramel in a decorative pattern.

Set aside.

Prepare the Cake Batter:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Stir in the vanilla extract.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk.

Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.

Assemble and Bake:

Pour the cake batter over the arranged apples in the cake pan, spreading it evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes.

Invert and Serve:

Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter, allowing the caramel and apples to become the top of the cake.

Let the cake cool completely before slicing and serving.

Optional: Serve the Apple Upside-Down Cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat!

Enjoy this delightful Apple Upside-Down Cake with its moist and flavorful combination of caramelized apples and tender cake!

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