Upside-Down Apple Cake


  • Makes6 to 6 servings

For a kid, the very idea of turning a cake upside-down has eternal appeal – I mean, was it an accident? No accident about the taste, though.


  • 1/3 cup butter, divided

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 2 cups peeled, cored and thinly sliced apples

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 in. (23 cm) round cake pan.

  • Measure 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the butter into the cake pan. Place the pan on the stove over low heat just until the butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the brown sugar and lemon juice. Arrange the apple slices on the bottom of the pan in whatever decorative or haphazard manner you wish. This is a good job for a kid who wants to be artistic. But the cake will taste just as good if you simply spread the apples out randomly.

  • In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the remaining (approximately 3 tbsp/45 mL) butter and the sugar until well mixed. Add the egg and vanilla, and continue beating until fluffy. In another bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder.

  • Add the flour mixture by large spoonfuls alternately with the milk, beating after each addition. Next, spread the batter over the apples in the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until cake is lightly browned.

  • Remove cake from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen it. Hold a plate over the pan and, all at once, flip the thing over.

  • The upside-down cake should now be properly upside down, and your apple arrangement should be clearly visible – if somewhat transformed. If any stubborn apple pieces remain clinging to the pan, just scrape them off and rearrange them on the cake.

  • Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream, ice cream or vanilla yogurt.

This article was originally published on Nov 01, 2006

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