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Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake features a caramelized cinnamon apple topping that is baked right into a light and fluffy vanilla sour cream cake. This Apple Upside Down Cake is a delicious fall dessert that everyone will love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Upside Down Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 443kcal



  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing pan
  • 4 apples, peeled and cored
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon




  • Butter bottom and sides of a 9-inch round, 2-inch-deep nonstick cake pan; set aside. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice the apples into thin slices (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick).
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet (about 12-inch) over medium high heat. Add the apple slices and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the brown sugar, lemon and cinnamon and mix well so all the apples are coated. Cook for about 3-4 minutes stirring constantly or until the apples start to caramelize.
  • Transfer the apple mixture to the prepared pan and lightly press into even layer. Set aside while preparing cake.


  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and eggs until well combined. Slowly whisk in the melted butter and mix well. Add the sour cream and vanilla; whisk until combined. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined.
  • Pour batter into the pan and spread evenly over the apples. Bake until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Cool pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a paring knife around sides of the cake to loosen. Unmold the cake and let it cool 20 minutes. Serve. 


  • APPLES: Granny Smith, golden delicious and honey crisp are good options.


Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.3mg