Caramel apple upside down cake recipe

Jennifer SchmidtFood and Wine, Life 9 Comments

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Call me old fashioned, but I love a good upside-down cake!

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe | Click for the recipe

I first fell in love with upside down cakes in home economics class when I made a pineapple upside down cake. As delicious as a pineapple upside down cake is I love experimenting with different fruits and spices. My favourite is my orange and cardamom upside down cake closely followed by my fig upside down cake with honey and rosemary. But really any upside down cake is a good thing

There’s something so magical about the gorgeous sticky fruit laden bottom becoming the top.

This apple upside down cake is delicately spiced with cinnamon and ginger and has a soft delicate crumb under a sticky caramel apple topping.

It is the perfect excuse for afternoon tea!

So tell me, do you like upside down cakes? What is your favourite flavour combination?

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe | Click for the recipe


Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
Author: Jennifer Schmidt | Styling You
Serves: 12 to 14 slices
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 30g butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 apples (I’ve used Royal Gala)
  • CAKE:
  • 190g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 300g plain flour
  • 60g almond meal
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp gound ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 2/3 cup milk (dairy free is fine)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius and grease a 26cm cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.
  2. Begin by making the caramel for the topping. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir well. Place over a medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Let the sugar bubble away until it turns a pale golden and remove from the heat and add the butter. Stir well until all the butter is incorporated and pour into the base of the prepared cake tin. Don’t freak out if the caramel sets. Once it is in the oven the caramel will melt and secure the delicious apple topping.
  3. Peel and slice the apples. I like to use a mandoline to do this, but a sharp knife is perfectly fine. Just make sure the slices aren’t too thick otherwise the apples won’t soften. Top the caramel with apple slices, making sure to fill in any gaps with pieces of apple trimmed to size.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, around 10 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between each addition, until well combined. Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom and ground almonds in a bowl and stir to combine. Switch the mixer to it’s slowest speed and add half the flour mixture along with half the milk. When combined add the remaining flour mixture and milk and beat until the mixture just comes together.
  5. Carefully spread the cake mixture over the top of the apples and smooth the top. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until cooked. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool for 20 minutes before inverting on a plate or cake rack to remove the cake from the tin.

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Jennifer Schmidt - Delicious EverydayJennifer Schmidt is a freelance food photographer and stylist and the author of Delicious Everyday, Australia’s most popular vegetarian food blog. She believes life is too short to eat food that you don’t enjoy and loves creating recipes that celebrate good simple whole food and making the most of the amazingly abundant fresh produce we have available here in Australia. Follow Jennifer on Instagram @deliciouseveryday.

Comments 9

  1. Thank you Jennifer, I love upside down cakes,fig sounds lovely but I can’t go past a good Apple upside down cake especially if it has caramel as well!

  2. I have been mad for making upside down cakes in the last year. My favourite for visitors has been cherry & chocolate (served with cream and grated chocolate). I have been also making pineapple shortbread upside down and this time last year and again now quince shortbread upside down. The pineapple recipe I was using called for laying the pineapple on a paste of brown sugar and butter and it was never very successful and here you have offered me the solution in making a caramel first. Thank you!

  3. Hi Jennifer, This cake looks delish! I love a good plum upside down cake made with Hazelnut meal as well, oh who am I kidding, I just love all upside down cakes! Could you please just clarify on this one though if it is cardamon or cinnamon and ginger or could you use all or any of those spices and it would still work. I am thinking cinnamon would be the spice to use with apples but I am not sure if cardamon works as well ? I am going to make this for a lovely friend dropping by tomorrow I am thinking….thank you:)

    1. Hi Jennifer (great name by the way 😉 ) Plum and hazelnut sounds fantastic. As for your question, sorry, that was an error. It should be cinnamon not cardamom. It is 3 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1 1/2 tsp of ground ginger. I’ve corrected it now.

      I hope you enjoy it Jennifer 😀

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