Upside-Down Apple Cake in Cast Iron Skillet - My Recipe -

READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • Place your oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Prepare the topping, melting the 1/3 cup butter in a 10" cast iron skillet ((2" deep), over low heat.
  • Remove skillet from heat and stir in the brown sugar and ground cinnamon (or apple pie spices) using a fork.
  • Spread this mixture evenly over the bottom of the skillet and arrange the apple slices over the butter/sugar mixture in the skillet.
  • In a mixer, blend cake mix, 1 stick melted butter, sour cream, dark corn syrup, eggs and ground cinnamon.
  • Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes longer until creamy.
  • Pour the batter over the top of the apples in the skillet and then place the skillet in the oven and bake at 350ºF. for 40-45 minutes and bake until the cake rises high in the skillet, (it will spring back when lightly pressed with your finger when it's done).
  • Remove skillet and cool cake in the pan for 5-10 minutes and then run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the sides of the pan and carefully flip upside down onto a serving plate.
  • Cool completely for about 15 minutes and serve warm with vanilla ice cream if you like.
  • I have made this cake with Duncan Hines Caramel flavor cake mix and the taste is excellent, too.
  • NOTE: this cake can also be made in these baking pans. Just prepare the butter, brown sugar and spices in a skillet over the stove and then pour this mixture in the baking pan sprayed with cooking oil, add the apple slices, pour the batter and bake it.
  • Here is a guide to bake the cake in those pan sizes:
  • Pan Size: 13x9 inches - Oven Temp: 350ºF. - Baking time: 30-35 minutes.
  • Pan Size: 9x9 inches - Oven Temp: 350ºF. - Baking time: 35-40 minutes.
  • Pan Size: 8x8 inches - Oven Temp: 325ºF. - Baking time: 50-55 minutes.