A Simple Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake That Everyone Will love

A moist, fluffy, sweet caramel apple upside-down cake is simple but absolutely delicious.  It’s also the perfect treat to make on a cold winter weekend. There are some things in life that need little explaining; this is one of them. My preference for cake over pie is no secret. But this is actually a nice mix of the two. Sweet, crisp apples baked into rich caramel–right there I’m sold.  A true caramel coated apple on a stick is probably one of my favorite childhood treats.  My dad would take us skiing in Colorado every year.  The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was a place we would go for treats after a long day on the mountain.  Everyone in my family got chocolate, but I religiously went for the caramel apples.  They did not disappoint.  At 45 I’m still a sucker for caramel apples.  I make them once a year in the Fall and my younger son and I devour them instantly.

caramel apple upside-down cake

So this recipe with caramel and apples seemed fitting, for the season and for me personally.  This is not my recipe however, it is a Betty Crocker recipe. Some of you may be shocked, don’t be, great recipes come from all over. I love this recipe but most of all its simplicity. I have adapted the original recipe only slightly as I often do.  This caramel apple upside-down cake is easy, straightforward and delicious if you’re in the market for a tasty cake. With the right balance of sweet and tart, moist and fluffy, I think this cake will please almost anyone who likes sweets.  This was a big hit with my husband, a man who prefers pie for breakfast.  Either for dessert or a breakfast treat on the weekends, this cake is a keeper.

Recipe: Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

: 8 : 20 min : 55 min : 1 hr 15 min : easy


  • For the Topping:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cut in half and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • For the Cake:
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Step 1 Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of 8×8-inch square baking pan. Set aside.
  • Step 2 In a small saucepan, add the butter and place over medium heat. Once melted, add the brown sugar and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat off and add the cinnamon. Stir well to incorporate.
  • Step 3 Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and using a rubber spatula, spread evenly.
  • Step 4 Lay the apple slices down over sugar mixture, overlapping slightly. Set aside.
  • Step 5 For the cake: In medium size mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, mix well.
  • Step 6 Using a kitchen mixer, such as a KitchenAid fitted with a paddle attachment, add the sugar and butter and beat on hight till light and fluffy
  • Step 7 Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until well incorporated. Add the vanilla.
  • Step 8 Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture alternately with the milk in two additions.
  • Step 9 Using a rubber spatula, spread the cake batter over apple arranged apple slices.
  • Step 10 Bake on the middle rack for about 55 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Step 11 Allow cake to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, loosen the sides gently with a parking knife. Place a large cutting board or serving platter on top of the baking pan. Flip the cutting board and pan so the baking pan is not upside-down and on top. Gently tap the bottom until you feel the cake release from the pan and onto the cutting board.
  • Step 12 Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.
About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "A Simple Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake That Everyone Will love"

  1. Sara Leslie says:

    Made this for the second time and it was an even bigger hit! I was careful not to over-bake (I think I did that last time) and took it out right when the toothpick was barely clean. Delicious!!

    1. I love hearing this Sara. So sad to not be with your family over the holiday but I am honored you made my cake. Happy New Year to your whole wonderful family!

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