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Upside-Down Apple Cake


Upside Down Apple Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

Upside Down Apple Cake

Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Not only is this Upside-Down Apple Cake pretty, but it tastes fantastic warm with some ice cream.

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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 thick slices
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
  • one 18 ounce box yellow or white cake mix
  • 1 cup apple juice or cider
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup apple butter or sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 9x13 pan. Melt 6 tablespoons butter in pan in oven. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle bottom with brown sugar. Place 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg into resealable plastic bag. Add apple slices and toss. Decoratively place apple slices over bottom of pan. Mix together cake mix, remaining spices, 1 cup apple juice, eggs, apple butter and vegetable oil. Once ingredients are wet, mix for 2 minutes. Carefully pour batter over apples in pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until tested done. Cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Dump onto serving platter. Serve warm with ice cream.

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