Upside-Down Spiced Apple Cake

The Upside-Down Spiced Apple Cake is a delightful fusion of comforting flavors and delightful presentation. This delectable dessert marries the sweetness of caramelized apples with the warmth of aromatic spices, all nestled in a moist and tender cake. Its name alone conjures images of a tantalizing treat—flipping the traditional cake concept on its head, quite literally.

At its core, this cake embodies the timeless charm of classic upside-down cakes while infusing the essence of autumnal comfort with every slice. The recipe begins with a luscious layer of sliced apples caramelized in butter and sugar, creating a luscious, gooey foundation atop which the cake batter is poured.

What sets this dessert apart is the fragrant blend of spices intermingling with the sweetness of the apples. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves dance together to enhance the apple’s natural sweetness, creating a symphony of autumnal flavors that permeate the entire cake.

As the cake bakes, the magic unfolds—the fragrant spices infuse the batter, while the apples simmering underneath release their caramelized essence, resulting in a rich, moist cake that’s both visually stunning and bursting with layers of taste. The magic truly culminates when the cake is inverted post-baking, unveiling a beautiful mosaic of glistening, caramelized apple slices crowning the golden-brown cake. This elegant presentation invites indulgence, enticing dessert enthusiasts with its inviting aroma and picturesque appeal.


– 1/2 cup chopped pecans
– 2 Granny Smith apples, quartered and sliced
– 4 tablespoons brown sugar
– 4 eggs
– 1 cup salted butter
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 small pinch (1/8 teaspoon) nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease the bottom and sides of an 11-by-7-inch casserole dish. Spread the chopped pecans evenly across the bottom of the dish and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of brown sugar on top. Place the dish in the oven and toast the pecan-sugar mix for about 10 minutes.

2. While the pecans are toasting, in a medium-sized bowl, swiftly whisk together the eggs, melted butter, granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined. Peel and slice the apples, setting them aside (sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent browning).

3. Take the casserole dish out of the oven and arrange the sliced apples evenly over the toasted pecans. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over the apples. Carefully pour the prepared batter over the apple layer.

4. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched.

5. Gently invert the cake onto a serving dish or platter while it’s still warm. Serve this delightful treat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy the scrumptious blend of caramelized apples and fragrant spices in every slice!

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