Upside-Down Apple Cake

Karen LaValley


I found this recipe in an old Woman's Day magazine (Sept. 1994!) at my Aunt's house. I was looking for ideas for a family picnic, and this made a great alternative to Pineapple Upside Down cake, as several members of the family don't like pineapple. It was a great success!

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3 large
granny smith apples
3 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 Tbsp
apple pie spice
6 Tbsp
1/2 c
light brown sugar, packed
maraschino cherries no stem
16 oz
box pound cake mix
2 tsp
fresh orange zest


How to Make Upside-Down Apple Cake


  • 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have a 10" cast-iron or ovenproof skillet ready.
  • 2Cut thin slices off top and bottom of each apple. Cut each apple crosswise in 4 thick slices. Cut out cores.
  • 3Toss with lemon juice and spice till evenly coated.
  • 4Melt butter in skillet. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar till well blended.
  • 5Place a cherry in core hole of each apple slice. Arrange 11 slices, overlapping, around edge of skillet. Place remaining slices in middle.
  • 6Prepare cake mix as package directs, adding the orange zest to batter. Pour over apples.
  • 7Bake 45 min. or till toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and top of cake is golden.
  • 8Cool in pan on wire rack 30 min. Run knife around edge of cake to loosen. Invert cake onto serving plate.

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About Upside-Down Apple Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #apple, #easy, #cake

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