Spiced Apple Upside-Down Cake {Guest Post}

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Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to be sharing a favorite apple recipe with y’all. It is a Spiced Apple Upside-Down Cake that is as simple as can be to throw together, but everyone absolutely loves it. I’m not sure about you, but that’s definitely what I call a winning recipe.

This cake is perfect warm on those cool crisp mornings for a quick breakfast, almost like a coffee cake, or in the evenings warmed up with a big dollop of whipped cream and a cup of spiced cider or another cup of coffee. You immediately smell the warm cinnamon and apples and then with every bite you taste rich, buttery caramel combined with the the cinnamon and apples! It’s like a slice of heaven on a plate!

Another perk? It makes your kitchen smell divine.

spiced apple upside down cake

You really want to add this recipe to your fall must-make list.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.

Happy Fall!

Spiced Apple Upside-Down Cake

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Cake


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 2 Granny Smith apples sliced thinly
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350Fº.
  • Pour 1/2 of melted butter into cast iron skillet or round cake pan. Swirl pan until bottom and sides are well-coated with butter to prevent cake from sticking.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the melted butter in the skillet or cake pan. Place apple slices on top of the brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, the remainder of your melted butter, eggs, sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together until well-combined. Pour evenly over the apples and brown sugar layer in the skillet or cake pan.
  • Place in the oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick or skewer inserted in the center comes our clean.
  • Allow to stand for about 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cake stand
  • When ready to transfer, place cake stand on top of skillet then carefully flip to where the cake comes out onto the cake stand.

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9 Responses to “Spiced Apple Upside-Down Cake {Guest Post}”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — September 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Any recipe that makes my kitchen smell divine is a winner! Love this one, Robyn!

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    Paula — September 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I can see the cinnamon flecked throughout this cake and can imagine how wonderful the house smells when baking, not too mention how delicious this tastes!

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    Tracey — September 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This looks like such a good treat for fall, simple and comforting! That dollop of whipped cream on the side is calling to me!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — September 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I’m drooling! This looks fantastic.

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    Ruth Hill — September 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    This is awesome! My mom was looking for a good apple recipe, and this sounds great!

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    Emily — October 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    This looks wonderful! What size round cake pan? Two apples sliced thinly seems like a lot of apple for, say, an 8″ pan.

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      Rachel — October 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Hi Emily – I checked with Robyn and she suggested using a 9″ pan or skillet. However, it may be adapted to fit just about any size. Enjoy!

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    Jocelyn — November 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This is a simple and delicious cake. I served it for brunch this morning, and it was very well received. I used a 9″ pan, and it worked out great. Thanks so much!

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      Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 7:07 am

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)

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