Apple Upside Down Cake

 Apple Upside Down Cake

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I love autumn and its rich harvest of fruits and vegetables. I really enjoy going to the local market nearby every morning and buy fresh and appetizing products. I always end up buying a little from everything as all look soo good. Apples are in season now and it happens that I ran over some delicious and succulent ones that were just perfect for this upside down cake. 

This apple-flavored caramel cake is that kind of cake that after is done baking is entirely served in a matter of minutes. Everybody loves it, probably it's the best apple cake I've ever made so far. The only "problem" is that you can hardly stop from eating only one slice. 
I finally made this apple upside down cake with the intention of making a video and a photo session. It was funny as this was probably the only time this cake stood on the table more than usual and it couldn't be devoured as soon as it came out of the oven. We could hardly wait to finish all the working so we can finally serve it.
Not only it tastes delicious but looks soo good that no other decoration is needed and this makes it perfect for any occasion or family gatherings. 
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  • Makes about 10 servings
  • 4-5 apples
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) +1 tbsp butter
  • 7 tbsp (100g) sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp (3g) ground cinnamon
  • Cake
  • 1/3 cup (75g) butter, room temperature
  • 5 tbsp (75g) sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp (45g) sour cream
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp (8g) baking powder
  • 11 tbsp (150g) flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter a 10-inch(26 cm) round cake pan.
  2. Peel apples and sprinkle lemon juice over them. Cut them into wedges,remove the core and slice.
  3. Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Add 5 tbsp of sugar and cook until sugar dissolves and mixture turns golden brown. Pour the mixture in the prepared pan and arrange the apple slices.  Sprinkle 2 tbsp of sugar and add 1 tbsp of butter cut in small pieces over the apples. Cook in the oven until you prepare the batter for the cake.
  4. While the apples are in the oven prepare the cake batter. Separate egg whites from the egg yolks. Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until well mixed. Beat in the egg yolks, sour cream, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. 
  6. Whip egg whites until very stiff and firm. Fold them into the butter mixture.
  7. Remove the apples from the oven and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Pour the batter over the apples and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and let it stand for about 5 minutes.Then run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the sides of the pan and invert the cake onto a cake plate.
  9. Can be served as it is or with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


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Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:257, Fat:13.6g, Saturated Fat:8.1g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0 g, Carbohydrates:32.7 g, Sugar:22.9, Fiber:2.1 g, Protein:3.0 g, Cholesterol:81 mg, Calories from Fat 122, Sodium 102mg, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 7%, Iron 5%,Nutrition Grade D, Daily Percent Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
On October 16, 2012 at 10:14 am, June g. said...
This looks so scrumptious! Well done video, very relaxing:)

Thank you June, I am glad you found this relaxing, we worked hard trying to transmit this feeling. 

On October 28, 2012 at 02:00 pm, Rachael {Simply Fresh Cooking} said...
Love this recipe. I've always been a fan of the pineapple upside down cake, but my hubs doesn't like pineapples. Looks like we've got a new dessert to try! :)
On November 27, 2013 at 03:37 pm, Kenza said...
I just tried this today, turned out great ! Thank you for the recipe ! So easy and so well explained !

Thank you Kenza, for trying this recipe and for your comment. I am so glad you loved this cake, is one of the favorites in our family:)

On November 21, 2014 at 02:39 pm, Hadija said...
Selam sister may God bless us and Give u the best life ameen. my name is Hadija from Uzbekistan and I like apple cakes now I saw video and tomorrow with Allah s power I wanna try aha nowdays I live in Algeria here also very very delicious sweets they cook aha I have a telegramm talking may be I will send u photos,just thank u that u share y GREAT COOKINGS

Thank you Hadija for your nice words. I am glad you like my recipes and find this video helpful. Let me know when you try this apple cake  and how it turns for you. 

On November 25, 2014 at 01:05 am, Naz said...
This cake seems delicious and I would like to make it for Thanksgiving. How far in advance can I make it and how should I store it?

It not only seems but it is really delicious, you can hardly stop to 1 slice, be sure of that. You can make it one day in advance, you can store it at room temperature or refrigerate if desired. Probably it will be ok even 2 days in advance.. but you can hardly stay away from it such a long time:) 


It  is really delicious, I can assure you of that, you can hardly stop to 1 slice. You can make it one day in advance, you can store it at room temperature or even refrigerate if desired. Probably it will be ok even 2 days in advance.. but you can hardly stay away from it such a long time :)

On March 20, 2015 at 12:55 am, Miki said...
Hi, may i know if you are using salted or unsalted butter? Thanks a million!

I always use unsalted butter and add salt after where needed.  Let me know if you try it out :)

On May 12, 2015 at 04:59 am, Dan said...
I've cooked this one a few times now and it's a winner every time. My wife prefers that I use green apples as she likes sour flavours but I've used a few different apples and even a few pears too and each time it's delicious! Being from the land downunder, I'm calling this an upside downunder cake?

So glad you like this recipe:) I can imagine that a combination between pears and apples is wonderful. I will have to try too.  I always make it every time I know I will have some guests. It looks and tastes really good.

On June 06, 2015 at 04:49 am, Saif Eldin Hamdan said...
It looks amazing. I am currently baking this recipe. But I started to wonder, how long should the apples be kept in the oven in the first stage?

About 15-20 mins until you prepare the batter.

On July 13, 2015 at 07:02 am, Aicha said...
Salam I'm Aicha from Morocco I love your cooking, and this cake looks so delicious i really want to try it but i have no sour cream ? what can I use instead ? thank you so much :)

You can try using some fat yogurt instead. i did that once and turned really good.

On July 14, 2015 at 06:29 am, Heba A. said...
I tried this and it was wonderful I like it so much and I will make it again to my family in feast gathering end of this week :) thank you so much.

So glad to hear that.. thank you for coming back with a review:)

On August 22, 2015 at 03:06 am, Saadia Khalid said...
perfect recipe... Turned out be great... Everyone loved it at home... Thanks for sharing this recipe :) :)

So happy to hear that Saadia :)  it's one of our favorite cakes as well

On August 29, 2015 at 03:42 pm, jija said...
I did it yesterday for my birthday. I can tell you nothing was left. It was pretty and so delicious. We don't have sour cream in Algeria so i just used creme fraiche. Thank you for the recipe. You"re wonderful. You know, maybe seven years passed for me without cooking any birthday cake. You really made me make up wih cooking cakes. I make them now with pleasure

Jija.. this is one of the most beautiful comments I have ever received. So glad you started again to enjoy making cakes:) and that I have motivated you to that:) This cake is by far one of our favorite.. we never resist to only one slice.

On September 22, 2015 at 11:16 am, Foodie said...
Can we use pears instead of apples?

sure.. will be delicious too:)

On September 29, 2015 at 05:28 am, Fatima said...
do I use the same quantity if I replaced yogurt with sour creme as u stated in the ingredients

yes.. same amount.. will be as good

On October 03, 2015 at 06:07 am, Elizabeth said...
Hi, I was trying this recipe today, but I have encountered the same problem twice. The butter absorbs all the sugar and the sugar solidifies and is not melting:( Any tips? I am making this now and I have guests coming in a few hours. Thanks, Elizabeth
On October 03, 2015 at 06:07 am, Elizabeth said...
Hi, I was trying this recipe today, but I have encountered the same problem twice. The butter absorbs all the sugar and the sugar solidifies and is not melting:( Any tips? I am making this now and I have guests coming in a few hours. Thanks, Elizabeth

I am so sorry Elizabeth for not noticing your comment right away... I was so busy lately with packing and unpacking due to moving to a new house...Butter may absorb the sugar at the beginning but if let over heat should melt and get caramelized.. maybe just need to let it more over heat.. and don't stir.. how did it turned after all?

On February 05, 2016 at 08:10 am, Elizabeth said...
I looked it up online, and it was my bad. I stirred the sugar and hence the result. Therefore I did it again and it was delicious. I made it 3 times in 2 months. I had an obsession. Will do it again soon for a nice group I am attending. Thanks for the recipe.
On February 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm, Nanda said...
Beautiful and delicious
On March 09, 2016 at 05:58 am, melek said...
Love the combination of flavors here!!! Was a huge hit. Boyfriend and I finished it in a day. :) Thank you so much! Pics or it didn't happen: & Notes: Replaced sour cream with yogurt since I can't find it here. Didn't have round pan the first time around, but definitely want to try again with a round pan to get a thicker cake.
On August 11, 2016 at 12:08 am, Mary said...
Hello yesterday I've tried the recipe and it turned out delicious but my dough didn't rise and I don't know why :( Maybe It's because the pan I've used is not deep enough or that my egg whites weren't as white and creamy I don't know :(
On September 06, 2016 at 10:33 am, Anna Maria said...
Complimenti per tutte le ricette, grazie mile. Anna Maria

Thank you very much:) Anna Maria

On September 20, 2016 at 07:02 am, Anna Maria said...
Carissimi grazie ancora per aver messo la possibilità della traduzione, siete FANTASTICI. E le ricette sono tutte molto belle e facili da realizzare. Anna Maria
On December 21, 2016 at 06:07 pm, Nadia said...
It looks nice and delicious, is there alternative to sour cream?
On June 01, 2018 at 04:44 am, Ashita said...
The cake looks delicious and I am planning to make one tomorrow. Just a small confusion: Approximately for how much time you kept the cake pan with apples only (no batter) in oven?

Hi Ashita.

Approximately for 10-15 minutes.

On June 28, 2019 at 03:35 am, Shreya said...
Hi Ella, I am great fan of yours. I am planning to try this cake but can I use pineapple instead of apples.
On October 17, 2021 at 01:51 pm, Atsuko said...
Thank you for sharing your receipt. It turned out delicious and everyone liked your cake!
On October 22, 2021 at 05:09 pm, Jade said...
Can the Apple Upside down Cake be frozen until Thanksgiving?

Yes.. should be just fine :) 

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