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Nothing says fall like a warm spiced apple dessert, and this Apple Upside Down Cake will definitely impress because it is so incredibly rich and delicious.
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5 from 6 votes

Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake is a delicious homemade cake recipe made in a cast iron skillet with both fresh apples and applesauce and a cinnamon spice glaze.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using a 9” cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat until bubbly. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Do not stir, but allow to sit over heat for just a minute until it starts to dissolve. Remove from heat.
  • Peel the apples, cut them in half, and remove the seeds and stem portion. Set them face down on a cutting board and cut the halves into thin slices while maintaining the original shape. Gently place these apple slices in a circular spoke pattern in the butter and brown sugar mixture.
  • To make the cake batter, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  • Separately, mix together egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and applesauce. Add this wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir just to combine. Do not over mix – this will be very similar to pancake batter.
  • Pour over apple pieces taking care not to change their position.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before inverting onto plate.


  • Recipe makes one cake.
  • Store in airtight container.
  • Best if eaten within 1-2 days as apples will brown over time.


Calories: 238.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.75g | Protein: 2.19g | Fat: 8.66g | Saturated Fat: 5.28g | Cholesterol: 35.63mg | Sodium: 30.5mg | Potassium: 147.61mg | Fiber: 0.89g | Sugar: 29.44g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.88mg | Calcium: 66.11mg | Iron: 0.74mg