Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

This caramel apple upside-down cake is the ultimate dessert for fall with caramelized apples baked under a lightly spiced cake and extra caramel sauce for drizzling.

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: One 9-inch cake


    Caramel Apple Layer:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 medium apples, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Cake Layer:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease a round 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in small sauce pan over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Arrange apple slices on top of caramel so they slightly overlap.
  4. To make the cake, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
  5. Beat butter and sugar on medium high speed with an electric mixer until pale and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Mix in vanilla.
  6. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk, and ending with flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
  7. Pour batter over apple slices and gently spread into an even layer.
  8. Bake cake until top is golden brown and center springs back when gently pressed, about 45-55 minutes.
  9. Let cake stand about 10 minutes. While cake is still warm, run a knife around edges and invert onto a plate or cake stand.
  10. To make the caramel sauce, combine brown sugar, butter, and milk in medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until caramel is smooth and thickened.
  11. Drizzle caramel sauce over sliced cake before serving.


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