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Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

This caramel apple upside-down cake is the perfect dessert for fall!
This caramel apple upside-down cake is perfect for fall!
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5 from 2 votes


Caramel apple layer:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • About 2 medium apples , peeled and thinly sliced

Cake layer:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Caramel sauce (optional):

  • 1 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a round 9-inch baking pan.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and brown sugar together for 2-3 minutes, stirring until smooth. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  • Arrange apple slices on top of caramel so that they’re slightly overlapping each other.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium high speed until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Mix in vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk, and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • Pour batter over apple slices and gently spread it into an even layer.
  • Bake cake until top is golden brown and center springs back when gently pressed, about 45-55 minutes.
  • Let cake stand about 10 minutes. While cake is still warm, run a knife around the edges and invert it onto a plate or cake stand. If you wait till cake is cool, it may not come cleanly out of the pan.
  • To make the caramel sauce, add the brown sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until caramel is smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt.
  • If desired, top cake slices with additional caramel sauce before serving.


Calories: 445kcal, Carbohydrates: 64g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 80mg, Sodium: 126mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 50g, Vitamin A: 672IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 1mg
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