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Apple upside-down cake topped with ice cream
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Apple Upside-Down Cake

Apple upside-down cake is a richly spiced cake covered in decadent brown sugar caramelized apples. Try it warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Stefani


Caramel Apple Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds tart apples sliced thinly (about 24 slices per apple)

Cake Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon


Caramel Topping Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, mix all ingredients except the apples until smooth.
  • Pour into the bottom of a greased 9 1/2" round cake pan or springform pan.
  • Arrange sliced apples on top of the caramel.

Cake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
  • Beat butter and sugars together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon zest until blended.
  • Mix in flour mixture a little bit at a time until just combined.
  • Spread batter over apples.
  • Bake for one hour (up to 85 minutes) or until a toothpick comes out clean. Bake time will vary based on your oven and how moist the apples are.
  • Let the cake cool for five minutes and then carefully invert onto a plate.


Store the apple upside-down cake at room temperature for up to 4 days. To keep it fresh longer, you could refrigerate it for up to a week. Be sure to let it come to room temperature before serving. Or, ideally, warm in the oven or microwave and serve with ice cream!


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 704IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg