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Apple Upside Down Cake

This Apple Upside Down Cake is the perfect dessert for fall. Full of warm, comforting flavors this moist cake is a wonderful way to end a holiday or party. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple upside down cake, fall dessert
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Author: Rachel


Cake Ingredients

  • 1.75 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter, salted and room temp If the butter isn't soft enough you can melt it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Just make sure it isn't hot.
  • 3/4 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Apple topping ingredients

  • 5-6 apples, peeled and chopped into about 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 stick butter, salted
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • Optional: Lemon and water bath to keep the apples from browning.

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups of heavy cream, cold
  • 3/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. of vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350. 
  • Mix together all your dry cake ingredients and mix well. 
  • Add your milk, eggs, sour cream, butter and vanilla. Mix with a hand mixer on medium. Set aside.
  • Peel and chop 5-6 apples into 1/2-inch pieces. 
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter for apple topping, brown sugar and maple syrup. Combine well. 
  • Add in chopped apples (if you added them to the water bath, make sure they are well drained), cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes. 
  • Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter. I've found that butter works the best for this. 
  • Add your apple mixture to the pan and make sure the apples cover the bottom of the pan and that they're relatively even.  
  • Add the cake mixture slowly on top of this. Make sure that the cake mixture is even. 
  • Add to the oven for 50 minutes. You can check with a toothpick when the time is up. If you think it needs more time you can give it another 5 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely. You can see in the video I didn't let it cool for time's sake but if you have the time, do it. 
  • Once cooled, take a knife and go around the cake to make sure the sides aren't sticking. This is very important. 
  • Then, add a plate or cake stand to the top of the pan and flip it over. 
  • Carefully remove the pan to reveal the cake. 
  • For the homemade whipped cream, add all your ingredients together and use a hand mixed to blend them for about 10 minutes. You can also heat up the cake and top it off with ice cream!
  • Feel free to sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top of that. :)