This apple upside down cake recipe is a must-have for fall. This apple upside down cake features an incredibly moist cake that is loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with a caramelized apple topping. This cake is simply irresistible.
This cake will easily become your fall favorite cake. This cake is full of fall flavors, extremely easy to make even though it looks fancy and complicated, and takes a few pantry essentials that you most probably have laying around.
One of our favorite parts about this cake is that it’s already decorated. This cake truly needs minimum effort but it turns out amazing.
you will love this apple upside down cake! like our apple crumble, and apple turnovers recipes.
This apple upside down cake is:
- Extremely easy to make.
- Melt in your mouth delicious.
- Made with simple ingredients.
- Perfect for fall.
- The perfect size for family gatherings.
What is an upside down cake?
An upside down cake is a cake that is baked “upside down” in a single pan, with different toppings on the bottom of the pan. In the baking process, the cake gets a caramelized topping that makes upside down cake so irresistible and popular.
Upside down cake is usually made with sliced fruits like apples, pineapples, peaches, pears, and many more.
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Apple upside down cake ingredients:
For the apple topping:
Apples- we like to use granny smith apples for this recipe, they are a little bit less sweet, but any kind of your favorite apples will work!
Butter- melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds or until it’s melted.
Brown sugar- adds a delicious caramel flavor and texture.
Cinnamon and nutmeg- adds fall flavors and smells amazing!
For the spiced vanilla cake:
Flour- we used all-purpose flour for this cake, cake flour will work as well.
Milk- use whole milk for this recipe.
Sugar- we used granulated sugar for this recipe, caster sugar will work too.
Brown sugar- adds a delicious caramel flavor to this cake.
Baking powder and baking soda- to allow the cake to rise.
Cinnamon and nutmeg- give this cake fall flavors and a fabulous aroma.
Butter- make sure your butter is at room temperate.
Vanilla extract- for extra flavor.
Eggs- make sure your eggs are at room temperate.
Salt- use kosher salt.
How to make apple upside down cake:
Apple upside down cake topping:
To make the topping for the cake, you will start by melting the butter. We prefer melting the butter in the microwave, but you can melt it on the stovetop as well.
Next, pour the batter into your baking pan, we used a 9-inch baking pan for this cake.
Sprinkle the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top of the batter and smooth it out with a spoon as much as you can to make an even layer.
The next step is to peel, core, and slice the apples into thin slices. We like to use granny smith apples for this recipe, but any kind of your favorite apples will work.
Arrange the apple slices on top of the butter mixture. Set the pan aside and make the cake batter.
Spiced vanilla cake:
Start by mixing your dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and mix well with a whisk.
For the wet ingredients, start by placing the butter and sugar in a big mixing bowl and whisk with an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer for about 3 minutes or until the butter and sugar are combined and are creamy.
The next step is adding the eggs one at a time, and the vanilla extract, mixing consistently.
The last step in making the cake is adding ½ of the dry ingredient mixture, and adding the milk, mixing until just combined, and adding the rest of the dry mixture.
It is important that you don’t overmix the batter, so you won’t develop the gluten in the flour. This step is important and prevents a dry and dense cake.
Pour the cake batter into the pan and bake in a 180c (350f) preheated oven for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then carefully flip it on a leveled surface. Eat the cake hot or at room temperature.
Frequently asked questions:
Can I freeze this cake?
Yes! This cake is very easy to freeze. After baking, let the cake cool to room temperature, transfer it into a freezer-friendly Ziploc bag, or wrap it tightly with a plastic wrap. Freeze up to 3 months. To thaw: place the cake in the refrigerator overnight or place in a room temperature for a few hours.
How to serve this apple upside down cake?
Serve this apple cake either hot or at room temperature. We like adding a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake, but this cake tastes amazing by itself!
How to store this apple upside down cake?
Store this apple cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
How long will this apple upside down cake last?
This cake will last for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature of up to 5 days stored in the fridge.
Baking tips for this apple upside down cake recipe:
- Make sure that your ingredients are at room temperature. This step helps the cake mixing process to be smooth.
- Don’t overmix the batter! This step is crucial, you don’t want to develop the gluten in the flour. This step is important and prevents a dry and dense cake.
- Use your favorite kind of apples! We like using granny smith apples, but any apple kind will work.
- If you don’t want to use a cake pan, you can use a pie dish for this recipe, make sure that it’s deep enough.
More fall recipes to try:
Honey cake– This honey cake is moist, rich in flavor, full of spices that will make your house smell like autumn. This honey cake is definitely a family favorite. Every Rosh Hashana we make this honey cake, it’s our favorite time of the year.
Pumpkin bread- Our homemade pumpkin bread, made with fresh pumpkin, and fall spices gets you a moist and soft melt in your mouth pumpkin bread.
Apple crumble- This apple crumble recipe is extremely easy to make, true comfort food with a crispy crumble exterior and a caramelized apple filling interior.
Apple turnovers– These apple turnovers are so easy to make, and taste absolutely incredible. Made with a delicious apple filling and wrapped with flaky puff pastry.
Apple crumb pie- coming soon
Tools to make this recipe:
Mixing bowls- best glass mixing bowls.
Whisk set- our favorite copper whisk set.
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