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Upside Down Cinnamon Apple Cake

November 10, 2009



Upside Down Cinnamon Apple Cake

What you will need to create this beautiful cake!

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter room temp
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 apples, Empire or Gala, about 1 1/2 lbs, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour, spooned & leveled
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Vanilla Ice cream for serving on the side

Preheat your oven to 350.  Grease a 9″ round pan with 2 tbsp of butter and coat the bottom with the brown sugar.  Each of your apples should yield about 8 slices.  Toss these in the lemon juice and lay them in the bottom of your baking pan in a concentric circle.  Keep in mind this will be the top of the cake so take your time and make it look good.  You may not use all of the apples so pick out the best looking slices and use those first.  Snack on the rest or making apple muffins!

Apples in a row

Apples in a row

Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set to the side.  Using a stand or handheld mixer beat the sugar and remaining butter until you get a light and fluffy consistency.  Gradually add the eggs to this mixture and also the vanilla extract.  Turn your mixture down to low speed and add flour and milk alternating between the two.  It’s very important to begin and end with the flour as this will make your batter nice and smooth.

Beat the Batter

Beat the Batter

Spoon the batter over the apples and smooth the top.  Bake until the top of the cake is golden brown, about 45 – 55 minutes or when a cake tester comes out clean.  Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.  Before removing the cake to a platter run a pairing knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the sides.  Invert your cake onto a platter, dust with powdered sugar and serve.



This recipe yields about 8 servings but sometimes if I’m serving a large crowd I’ll double the recipe and make it in a large square pan and instead of making concentric circles with the apples I lay them in straight rows top to bottom.  It was just as well.  I like to serve the cake with a scoop of pure vanilla ice cream.


A Slice of Heaven!

A Slice of Heaven!




One Comment leave one →
  1. November 13, 2009 11:04 PM

    This is gorgeous…I love gala apples, so I think this this may be on the “must bake” list for next week! Thanks so much for sharing!

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