Easy Apple Upside Down Cake

I love an upside down cake. I love fruity puddings generally, but an upside down cake is brilliant. You can really taste the fruit, it keeps its juiciness and flavour, the cake is almost an accompaniment to the wonderful cooked fruit. Apple Upside Down Cake is probably one of my favourites.

Apple Upside Down Cake in Tin


It’s just so easy to make, and nice tangy apples are fantastic with the sweetness of the cake and sugar mixture. I add a touch of cinnamon to my Apple Upside Down Cake for a little extra flavour and because I think apple and cinnamon is one the best flavour combinations going. It just adds a little bit of spice and makes this Apple Upside Down Cake the perfect Autumn Treat.

finished Classic Apple Upside Down Cake with apples and mixing bowl in the background

The Apple Tree

During September, I started picking the bigger apples from our tree, and peeling, coring and chopping them to be frozen. We’ve basically now got half a freezer filled with chopped apples in freezer bags. I just hated the idea of them all falling off and getting eaten by bugs before we had the chance to use them, as there were so many coming off. So, we’re well stocked on apples for a while. Most of them are going in apple crumbles because that’s another of my favourites. But, I’m trying to branch out a little bit too.

Top of Classic Apple Upside Down Cake

Upside Down Cake


Upside down cake always reminds me of childhood, but I don’t ever actually remember eating them. I suppose my mum must have made them. To me, they are the perfect comforting snack. The fruit cooks beautifully and means that the cake is nice and moist and sticky. It also means that it lasts quite well. It’ll still be nice and sticky after a few days. Not that they ever last for that long in our house.

Apple Upside Down Cake is an absolutely classic. Moist, sweet, soft and super easy to make!

The Recipe

Easy Apple Upside Down Cake

A sticky, fruity apple cake.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: British
Keyword: apple, cake
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Donna


For the Top:

  • 3 Large Apples – Peeled, cored and sliced into 8
  • 50 g Butter
  • 50 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

For the Cake:

  • 100 g Caster Sugar
  • 100 g Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 100 g Self Raising Flour
  • Pinch Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

For the Top:

  • Cream together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until smooth and fluffy
  • Spread evenly over the bottom of a 9” cake tin
  • Layer over the apple slices
  • Set to one side while you make the cake batter

For the Cake:

  • Cream together the butter and sugar
  • Add the eggs one at a time and mix in
  • Stir in the vanilla
  • Sift in the flour and salt
  • Mix together with a wooden spoon or mixer until smooth and even
  • Pour the cake mix over the apples and spread evenly
  • Bake in the oven for 35 minutes
  • Leave in the tin to cool for 5 minutes, before tipping upside down to remove, so that the apples are on the top.


I use a 9” loose bottomed cake tin, but any tin will do.


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