{recipe} Apple Upside Down Cake

My mom calls this an apple cake-pie, but I don’t know why. She has been making it since I was a kid. It’s delicious! The hardest part is peeling and cutting the apples, which I hate. I mean, really hate it. Like, if you want to come over and peel and cut the apples I will make you this cake and we can each eat half!

Apple Upside Down Cake


  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 T soft butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • big pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 c flour
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (I actually didn’t have enough milk, so I used a little milk and the rest plain yogurt, with no discernible difference.)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread butter into bottom and sides of a pie plate. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Layer the sliced apples in the pan. You can lay the apples in the pan all pretty and layered so that when you flip it out it looks professional, OR you can just throw them in which is a lot quicker.
  • Put all of the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, and mix them in an electric mixer for about 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter over apples and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the side of the plate, and carefully dump over onto the serving plate.
  • Serve hot or at room temp with ice cream or whipped cream.

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3 Responses

  1. Caroline says:

    Looks like a good recipe. Can we replace 1/4 cup of shortening with butter?

    • admin says:

      YES! Actually over the years I’ve found this cake takes substitutions pretty well… like, depending on what you’re interested in- you can do 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup ground nuts, butter for shortening, yogurt for milk, brown sugar for white sugar, etc. It’s a very flexible recipe! I’ve also made it using bananas, plums, or peaches instead of apples.

  2. OH my!!! Looks soo good, and if it’s a mom recipe, it’s bound to be super awesome! Bookmarked it to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Tell your mom that she’s awesome! 🙂