Apple Upside Down Cake

What can you make with just two apples?  How about a apple upside down cake.  This cake is from an old fashion heirloom recipe.  It is simple no fuss comfort food from a few simple ingredients that is from your pantry.  The cake is baked in a 9 or 10 inch skillet so no special baking pan is needed. I baked mine in a square iron cast 9 inch skillet. Any heavy skillet will work.  You don’t even have to be good at baking to make this.

Butter and sugar are placed in the skillet and cooked on top of the stove until the sugar is melted. Then thin sliced apples are next added with a handful of raisins to the skillet.  The apples can cook on low heat while you mix the cake batter. The batter is poured over the apples and the cake is baked right in the skillet.  The cake is then flipped out on to a cake plate and served warm.  The apples caramelize while baking.  The cake has the texture and crumb of a coffee cake.  It even tastes better a day later.

I have tried other apple skillet cake recipes which are good but this recipe is the one I go to when I am out of ideas and money.

Apple Upside Down Cake

  • Servings: 9 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large apples peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk (substitute with water, apple juice or orange juice)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a 9 inch skillet cook margarine and sugar over medium hear until sugar is dissolved.  Add sliced apples and raisins.   Let apple mixture cook over low heat while mixing batter.

In a mixing bowl cream margarine and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time beating them in.  Add vanilla.  In a bowl combine dry ingredients and whisk together.  Add flour mixture alternating with liquid until all is blended in. Mix until smooth.  This is going to be a thick batter.

Remove skillet from low heat and arrange apples to cover the bottom. Spoon batter on top evenly.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes until cake is done. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before flip out to a cake plate.

If you have never flipped a upside down cake here is a you tube video that shows you how easy it is.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Quiltmouse says:

    Sounds Yummy! And will definitely be trying this soon! I love using my cast iron skillet. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      You can use brown sugar with the apples for a darker glaze. This was a depression recipe so the ingredients are simple and common. It is a inexpensive coffee cake to make and enjoy. It goes together quickly.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on saywhatumean2say and commented:
    This recipe sounds scrumptious and just what I need. I’m always out of money and ideas and I can’t bake. THANX momoe for another winner. ~~dru~~

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I am always out of money too. I have to stay out of the grocery store this month. The trick is to run in real fast and grab what I need and get in the check out without looking. I do enjoy looking but not this month because of the temptation to spend. The 2 apples and the snack box of raisins came from the food bank last Thursday. The apples were past their shelf life and bruised. This is what I did with them. Sometimes you just receive bits and pieces and other times they give you a large quantity. Then it is up to you to make it all work with the little bit of the money that you do have.


  3. Isabel's Needleworks says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s going to be a snow day here tomorrow and it seems like a good time to have some comfort food :). Have a great day …..Izz

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It don’t take long to make from scratch. It will make your kitchen smell so good.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . this cake looks delicious. I love upside down cakes. In my opinion, they’re a wonderful old-fashioned type of cake that isn’t made frequently enough.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. trkingmomoe says:

      It didn’t take long to make. I can see why this type of cake was popular before there was cake mixes. A family could eat it in one day so you didn’t have to worry about spoilage.

      Thanks for your comment.


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