Apple Upside-Down Cake

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Apple upside down cake has tart, juicy apples baked with a tender cake on top. Flip the cake upside down after baking and you get a stunning presentation of glossy apples on top, in a warm caramel-like sauce that is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



Apple Topping:

  • 3 apples (Granny Smith are the best, but you can use other apples too)
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • 1  cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (you can use yogurt instead)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 inch round cake pan with butter or spray with oil. 
  3. Peel, core and cut the apples into slices.
  4. Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the apples, brown sugar. Cook for about 5 min, until the apples are softened but still firm and not falling apart. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract, mixing gently to combine. Pour the apples and the liquid into the prepared baking pan, arranging the apples in a single layer in any design that you like. 
  5. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  6. In a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment mix the eggs and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy, about 5 minutes. 
  7. Add the sour cream and the melted butter. Mix until well combined also.
  8. Add half of the the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then add the remaining half of the dry ingredients and gently mix with a rubber spatula, being careful not to over mix.
  9. Spread the batter evenly over the apples in the cake pan.
  10. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then invert onto a plate or cake pan. 

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