Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe

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It may be in the low 70’s outside but it’s like 60 something degrees in my house. So basically, it’s cold in here and I’ve been looking for any possible excuse to turn on the oven. I also just happened to have a basket full of Granny Smith apples which we always have for some reason, and needed to put these to go use. Que the cake!

We’ve all heard of pineapple upside cake right? Well, we’ve taken that classic cake and turned it into a Fall must have using apples … Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake!

whole apple upside down cake


To make this gooey cake I tried a new kitchen tool, the Ultimate Mandoline from The Pampered Chef. What makes this great is that it has three interchangeable stainless blades — crinkle cutting, v-shaped slicing and adjustable slicing — remain flush until the holder passes over a unique mechanism, exposing blades. It’s practically impossible (but not completely) to cut a finger off because it forces you to use the safety holder to use the blades.

Using the Ultimate Mandoline I sliced up some Granny Smith wedges for my cake. Crisp, beautiful, uniform! So if you need some help with slicing in your kitchen, you’ll want to check out my holiday gift guide which features this as a great gift for moms (or dads).

ultimate mandolin apples

After building and baking this cake, you’ll want to get a bite right away while it’s still warm and gooey. The cake itself is fairly dense but has all of these aromatic spices and apples on top making it the ultimate comfort dessert.

caramel apple upside down cake

apple upside down cake



Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Cook Time
Total Time
Type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • ⅓ cup butter or margarine
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cut into ½-inch wedges
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup milk
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and using a non-stick cooking spray, coat the inside of a 9 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and mix in brown sugar. Heat to boiling then remove from heat.
  3. Mix in cinnamon or apple pie spice.
  4. Pour mixture into bottom of cake pan.
  5. Using the Pampered Chef Ultimate Mandolin, slice apple into ¼ to ½ inch wedges and layer them over the brown sugar mixture evenly.
  6. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time until smooth. Add vanilla.
  7. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition until smooth. Spread batter over apple wedges in brown sugar mixture.
  8. Bake 50 - 60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then run a knife along the edges of the cake and turn upside down onto a cake stand.
  10. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
Adapted from Betty Crocker

 Note – I received The Ultimate Mandoline feature here from The Pampered Chef free of charge.

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  1. says

    Cat, that looks super yummy!

    I wish our weather was cooler. It was in the triple digits today and I used our oven tonight to make dinner. My house is still HOT.

  2. says

    That recipe looks to DIE for. Oh I swear I can smell it through the computer. I want some.

    I don’t like my Pampered Chef mandolin at.all. The safety on it is also it’s worse feature because you have to cut your pieces down. You can’t put the apple through whole, you have to cut it first.

    • says

      At first the mandoline was really awkward for me to but once I got into a rhythm the apple halves started cutting nicely. That said, the cake is incredibly good, more like an apple pie if you use the apple pie spices instead of just cinnamon.

  3. says

    Hi Cat!
    This cake looks amazing! My 10 year old, husband and I LOVE anything that has to do with apples and cinnamon so I’m definitely making this dessert. :) I also adore my Pampered Chef mandolin (as well as all of their other products – I used to be a PC consultant so I’m a ‘little’ biased). :)

    Thanks for following me on twitter. I look forward to checking out your blog more!

  4. Stefani says

    This looks deliciousssss! I love caramel :) Perfect flavors for Fall!