Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake


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Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake makes a delicious, easy to make cake your family will love.

Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake is one of my favorite cakes to make as summer begins to melt into fall. It’s sort of a special tribute to all of the great things that fall has in store for us – apples, cinnamon, buttery caramel, and that cozy feeling I always long for this time of year.

I first made my Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake a few years ago. We had last minute company that dropped in after supper one afternoon and I didn’t have anything to serve them. As my husband spent time with them on the porch, I ran into the kitchen and threw together what I had for a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and then realized I didn’t have pineapples or cherries!

What I did have on hand were a couple of Granny Smith apples staring at me from the bowl on the counter.

Replacing the pineapple with the apples and adding a bit of cinnamon, I knew I was onto something delicious!

I headed back out onto the porch and we chatted about everything and nothing that I even remember until the Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake was ready. With fresh coffee, warm spiced apple cake and a dollop of whipped cream, my emergency, throw together, what am I gonna make cake, turned out better than I could have ever hoped.

It’s now a favorite cake in the fall and couldn’t be easier to make.

It sure would be delicious for dessert after supper tonight, don’t ya think?

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Here’s my Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe. I hope you love it!

Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake

5 from 1 vote
Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake makes a delicious, easy to make cake your family will love.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 8 tablespoons (113 g) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (106.5 g) brown sugar
  • 2 (289.9 g) Granny Smith apples, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup (227 g) buttermilk
  • 2 large (100 g) eggs
  • 1 cup (198 g) sugar
  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1.3 g) kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1.3 g) ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Pour 1/2 of melted butter into cast iron skillet or round cake pan.
  • Swirl pan until bottom and sides are well-coated with butter to prevent cake from sticking.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the melted butter in the skillet or cake pan.
  • Place apple slices on top of the brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, the remainder of your melted butter, eggs, sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Whisk together until well-combined.
  • Pour evenly over the apples and brown sugar layer in the skillet or cake pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick or skewer inserted in the center comes our clean. You can follow my tips for how to tell when your cake is done.
  • Allow to stand for about 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cake stand
  • When ready to transfer, place cake stand on top of skillet then carefully flip to where the cake comes out onto the cake stand.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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Recipe Review


  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    This cake sounds so awesome! Yum!

  2. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I am totally in love with this recipe!!! I want it in my oven right this very minute!

  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I love this, Robyn! I’ve never made an upside down anything but this will definitely be the first I try! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe 🙂

  4. icakepops says:

    What a great way to sneak in an apple a day!

  5. Ambika Choudhary Mahajan says:

    Very innovative!
    I have been baking the Upside down pineapple cake for a long long time. But staying where I do, I have to use tinned pineapple slices for my cake. And I hate using the canned stuff.
    Using apples instead seems like a wonderful alternative- one usually has them at home.
    Why didn’t this occur to me, I am wondering?
    Anyways, I am going to try this out in the evening today…and I’ll surely come back to you tomorrow to tell you how it turned out.

  6. Mary says:

    That looks so dang good…can’t wait to make! Love anything with cooked apple!!!!!!! Thanks!

  7. Cassie says:

    You said it so well: “as summer melts into fall.” This is so gorgeous, I can see why it’s a favorite!

  8. Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

    Looks delish, love the apple recipes this time of year.

  9. Jocelyn says:

    I really want to try this recipe. However, the link to Rachel’s website is not working for me. Is there some other way to access the recipe? Thanks so much!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Jocelyn,
      So sorry about that link. It should be working correctly now.

  10. Leanne says:

    Sure wanted to try this Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake recipe, but it was not available at the site you mentioned.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Leanne,
      So sorry about that link. It should work correctly now.