Stovetop Apple Upside Down Cake

Did you know that you can actually bake cakes without turning on the oven? Yes.. you can definitely use your stovetop. This amazingly delicious apple upside down cake is baked on a stovetop and is ready in less than 30 minutes. It is either because you don’t have an oven or you just don’t want to turn the oven on or maybe the oven is occupied with other dishes, baking the cake on stovetop can be a great choice for whenever you want to prepare a baked dessert for your loved ones.

With its caramelized apple slices on top and its soft cake, this cinnamon and lemon flavored cake is absolutely irresistible. You simply couldn’t say it is made in a frying pan on the stovetop.
The recipe is really easy and quick to prepare and you can always use other fruits like nectarines, peaches, plums or pears instead of apples.

I recommend you to serve  this cake slightly warm with a good dollop of ice cream or whipped cream for an amazing experience.

Hope you will try this Stovetop Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you do. Enjoy!

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Stovetop Apple Upside Down Cake

5 from 7 votes
Did you know that you can actually bake cakes without turning on the oven? Yes.. you can definitely use your stovetop. This amazingly delicious apple upside down cake is baked on a stovetop and is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 small apples (10 oz- 300g) , peeled
  • 2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp (45g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) ground cinnamon

Cake batter

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • zest of a lemon
  • 1/4 cup (56g) vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp (30g) plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp (6g) baking powder
  • 2/3 cup (85g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) salt


  • First prepare the batter. In a medium mixing bowl rub sugar and lemon zest together to release oil. Add eggs and mix until creamy. Add oil and mix to combine. Add plain yogurt and vanilla extract and mix to incorporate.
  • Add the flour, salt and baking powder and mix to combine. Set aside until you prepare the apples.
  • Prepare the apples. Cut peeled and cored apples into ¼ inch (6mm) thick slices.
  • Place a 9 inch (23cm) frying pan over medium heat. Add butter and let it melt.
  • Add sugar and continue cooking until sugar is dissolved and gets a caramel color.
  • Remove from heat and arrange apple slices on top of the caramel. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top of the apples.
  • Pour the cake batter on top of the apples and place over low heat. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Invert onto a serving platter.
  • Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream on top.



Serving: 1gCalories: 460kcalCarbohydrates: 61.2gProtein: 5.9gFat: 22.8gSaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 98mgSugar: 39.2g
Calories: 460kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple upside down cake, stovetop apple upside down cake, stovetop cake

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  1. Horst Author says:

    I love this one, perfect size. 4 servings for 2 people, just right for us. 🙂

  2. Gail Marie Author says:

    This stovetop Cake looks sooo good! Wondering if I can sub. the Yogurt with Sour Cream?
    Thank you for the video and delicious looking Recipe.
    Gail Marie
    Ranch House Recipes, Gail Marie

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You can definitely substitute the yogurt with sour cream . Hope you will try this out. 

  3. Delia Author says:

    Hello, I used organic raw brown sugar and a cast iron 9in pan. When I flipped the pie, the apple slices were burned and sticked to the pan while the batter came out from the pan beautifully. The batter taste delicious even though I used a GF Italian flour because I have an allergy to gluten. It is possible to burned because of the raw brown sugar or the cast iron pan due to being to hot. Next time I will use a different pan and regular sugar maybe. I also noticed that the brown sugar after melt did not combined to the butter and it was separated from it in the pan. Please, let me know your opinion. Thank you! Your recipes are amazing delicious.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I would recommend not using a cast iron for this.. as once it gets hot it is really too much. A non stick pan would have worked wonderfully for this recipe. For a deightful caramel flavor I would recommend using regular sugar. Hope you will try it out once more:) Best, Ella

  4. 5 stars
    Hello,,Stunning Recipe,,,We made at home with slight modification for the Quantity of Sugar for both the Caramel and the batter,,besides ,we faced a problem preparing the Caramel ,,it might be because we used Home made butter from Cow Milk,,How I can send you the Image ,,very Nice and write in detail about Butter,,Kindly reply me by email ,if possible,,best wishes and Thanks.Zouhair

    1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Would love to see the photos. You can always tag me on Instagram for instance, and chat over there as well.

      1. Thank You,,,Unfortunately ,I am not on Instagram ,,,May I send the Image Via Facebook or Twitter DM,,

        1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

          Yes.. on facebook will be as good.

          1. 5 stars
            Thanks..Image and detailed report sent to your Facebook Messenger..

  5. I made my with bananas instead of apples. Delicious!

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Yes.. I am sure it was delicious. I have to try it out too 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Came out great, and way faster than expected! I was wondering, is the sugar supposed to melt together with the butter or not? Mine just stayed as two seperate things, and not caramel. Definitely came out great though, crispy on top, and with a delightfully nutty note from the browned butter and sugar!

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      The butter separated because the heat was a bit too high. But I am sure it was tasty. Glad you tried it out:)

  7. 5 stars
    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe ☺️ Our oven doesn’t work and our landlord won’t replace it so! Have to work with what I have. Wanted to make a cake for Easter so googled “stovetop cake recipe” and I’m really happy I chose this one. I followed the recipe but messed up step 5 because I accidentally mixed the cinnamon with the sugar and added it to the apples like that but I don’t think it ruined anything. Placed the pan on the 2 setting on our electric stove and after 20 minutes, perfection 🥰 Cake is so moist and not overly sweet, it’s just so good! Also, I’d like to mention, I used a stainless steel pan with a non stick coating and the apples did not burn at all.

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      So happy to hear that you tried this recipe Aimee. Hope you will also try the chocolate and cherry stovetop cake version. Cheers, Ella

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