Apple Upside-Down Cake

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Betty Bel

This is a fabulous cake. Quick and easy good for beginners. Cake is good for all occasions, any time of year. Any kind of apples can be used for this recipe. Guaranteed to make your mouth water.

Top Review by Tinkerbell

Yum! This is just all kinds of good comfort food in one dish! I used granny smith apples & couldn't find my 9x9 baking pan (probably in the freezer or at a friend's house) so I had to use the 8x8. I didn't change the amount of ingredients or the cooking time & everything went smoothly. The texture of the cake is incredibly moist with all the grated apple and the apple halves (I left the peel on those) were like little built-in cups of homemade applesauce. DELISH! The cake isn't too sweet. Would make a great coffee cake for brunch. I think it could even go a little sweeter when using the granny smith apples. I'll definitely be making this again & might try subbing a bit of brown sugar in for some of the white sugar in the cake portion. The caramelized apple tops were so good! I'm so glad I decided to make this recipe (as your nobby cake & congo bars were also on my list)! Made & enjoyed for the Spring 2009 Pick A Chef Orphanage.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Place 1/3 cup butter in a 9x9x2-inch baking pan. Place in oven 5 minutes or until butter melts. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter; stir. Arrange 9 apple halves in mixture, cut sides down. Bake in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbly.
  2. Meanwhile, peel remaining apples. Coarsely shred; set aside. In bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, ginger, and cinnamon. Add shredded apple, milk, 1/4 cup butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on low until combined; beat on medium 1 minute. Spoon over apples, spread evenly (apple may be exposed; some butter may come to surface).
  3. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen edges; invert onto platter. Spoon any topping in pan over top. Cool 20 minutes; serve with ice cream. Makes 9 servings.

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