Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

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A delicious apple upside down cake that is perfectly moist and has a caramel glaze on top!
Caramel apple upside down cake on a white plate.

My baby is growing too fast for my liking. She is already 3 ½ months! What? I just had her. We all are still so obsessed over her. Her brothers included. They race home from school just to see her everyday. We started to notice a whole lot of drool and she was a little cranky compared to her normal happy baby self. She cut her first bottom tooth on Saturday! And has her second bottom tooth just right under her gum. Her brothers were at least 4 months before they cut their first tooth. She beat them on that one. Oh well. She will be eating mom’s cooking in no time. 🙂

Let’s talk about this cake. Have you ever made a cake that you couldn’t stop eating because it was so amazing? Yeah this cake was one of those. Holy cow it was amazing. When I flipped it upside down the brown sugar caramel goodness on the bottom drizzled down the sides. The apples were soft and baked right into the amazing cake. My first bite was amazing. The cake was so moist and it was especially good with the fresh whipped cream on top. You HAVE to add this to your fall baking list. You are going to love it as much as we did!


Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

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A delicious apple upside down cake that is perfectly moist and has a caramel glaze on top!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Slices


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium apples peeled, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened,
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk

Whipped Cream topping:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 9 inch round or square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan melt ¼ cup butter over medium heat until melted. Add the brown sugar. Bring it to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Pour into the bottom of the greased pan. Arrange the apples over the brown sugar mixture.
  • In a medium size bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and salt. Set bowl aside.
  • In a large bowl or mixer, beat together 1 cup sugar, and ½ cup butter on medium speed until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla.
  • Beat in flour mixture alternating with the milk until smooth. Pour the batter over the apples and spread evenly.
  • Bake 55-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to make the whipped topping, beat whipping cream on high until soft peaks start to form. Add in 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • Run knife along the edges of the cake and flip upside down on a pan. Serve warm with whipped cream on top.


Serves: 8

Calories555kcal (28%)Carbohydrates70g (23%)Protein5g (10%)Fat30g (46%)Saturated Fat18g (90%)Cholesterol128mg (43%)Sodium262mg (11%)Potassium193mg (6%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar51g (57%)Vitamin A1065IU (21%)Vitamin C2mg (2%)Calcium82mg (8%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake recipes, caramel apple cake, caramel apple upside down cake, upside down cake recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. Hi, just a heads up. The directions for the upside down cake are messed up. The last several are repeats.

    I really enjoy your posts 🙂

  2. I will try making this creation soon, looks yummo 🙂 How do you stay so slim with all the goodies you make? You also have a lovely looking family. :):)

  3. The measurement for the first addition of cinnamon is 1/2 tsp but the instructions read 1/4. Which one is correct? It looks and sounds wonderful! I want to make this for church tomorrow

  4. Can’t wait to make this, I love anything apple! I am going to change one or both of the cinnamon amounts to apple pie spice, I Love Apple Pie Spice!

  5. I love upside down cakes. I usually make peach or pineapple. My Aunt made an apple years ago and I have been wanting to do it ever since. This looks amazing and I cannot wait to try it. However, I think I will do it in a cast ion frying pan. My Grandma taught me that. Thank you. Can’t wait.

    1. I’m trying this recipe for the first time and just put it in the oven. I wish I had thought of using a cast iron skillet instead of a cake pan! Thanks for the idea–filing it away for next time!

  6. The ingredients list calls for 1/2t cinnamon (twice), but the recipe class for 1/2 and 1/4t. Which measurement is correct?

  7. Your ingredients are little confusing, you say 1/4 cup of butter yet the instructions you have 1/2 cup butter, and also 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon is listed twice, but the recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon.

    1. Whipping cream is heavy cream that you whip to make whipped cream. It should be by the half and half in the grocery store.

  8. Can’t wait to make this! I just had spinal fusion surgery last week; but I think I can stay on my feet long enough to put this in the oven tomorrow. It’s going to be great … I just know it!!

  9. Hi! Wondering if i use a springform pan, won’t the syrup ooze out? When I make upside-down pineapple cake I don’t cook the sugar and butter – so this is a bit same except for that step with the syrup

  10. Hi this cake looks awesome! Do you think I cd prep it all, freeze it raw and then pop in oven on day I want it? Thank you

  11. This looks beautiful! Is there a particular kind of apple that works best for this? I usually bake with Granny Smith apples because they hold up better during the baking. Would the tartness of the Granny Smith work okay with this recipe?

  12. Great recipe! Turned out just as I hoped it would and was a success with my in-laws last night! Will keep it and definitely make it again. Thanks:)

  13. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Made it tonight for Thanksgiving…Looks and smells fabulous. I am sure it will be a huge hit!

  14. I made this last week for a family get together. Going to another event and my husband begged me to make and bring it again. That is a HUGE complement! It is wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  15. I made this today. It was wonderfully delicious! Easy to make and turned out just like the picture. This is a keeper! Thank you!

  16. Made this tonight turned out great!! My daughters insisted I make caramel sauce to drizzle over the cake (brown sugar,

  17. I just made two of the caramel apple upside down cakes for a nearly-autumn bake sale fundraiser. Of course, we had to try a slice before wrapping up the other pieces. This recipe is DELICIOUS! It will be one of my go-to autum baking favorites. Thank you!

  18. My grandson asked me to make a caramel apple coffee cake for him. I found your recipe, beautiful cake and delicious.

    1. I have used spray and flour to coat the pan. Sometimes that helps the cake fall out easily. For the apples, maybe bigger slices when adding them to the bottom. Once I pour the cake batter over top I immediately place in the heated oven.

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