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Upside Down Apple Cake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Servings 10


Caramel Topping

  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 80 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 medium apples (suitable for baking) peeled, cored and sliced into 1cm wedges


  • cups cake flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 125 g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 xl eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup milk


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 23cm cake pan (not a spring form pan)
  • Add sugar, butter, salt, vanilla essence and orange zest to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes until syrup has thickened slightly.
  • Pour syrup into the cake pan and arrange the apple wedges on top in a circular format. Make sure that the syrup is completely covered with apple.
  • In a mixing bowl sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Then add eggs, vanilla essence, orange juice and milk and mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour batter over apples and bake for 45 minutes until skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 15 - 20 minutes before flipping it onto a plate, serving board or cake stand.
  • Allow cake to cool for another 10 minutes before slicing.
Keyword apple cake, cake, fall baking, upside down apple cake