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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20 Min
45 Min


  • 3 large
    granny smith apples
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    apple pie spice
  • 6 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    light brown sugar, packed
  • 12
    maraschino cherries no stem
  • 16 oz
    box pound cake mix
  • 2 tsp
    fresh orange zest

How to Make Upside-Down Apple Cake


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