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The best caramel apple upside down cake - bake it with the kids and flip it over to enjoy for tea time
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Gooey caramel apple upside down cake

Upside down cakes are just so much fun! And kids get so excited at this one-time opportunity to turn our careful baking on its head without a care in the world. This recipe for gooey caramel apple upside down cake is moist, delicious and packed with flavour. A great sticky sweet for tea time treats.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 cake
Author Mas & Pas


Apple caramel topping

  • 60 grams unsalted butter ¼ cup
  • 100 grams light brown sugar ½ cup
  • 50 mls whole milk
  • ½  tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large pink lady apples (or 3 small) peeled and sliced


  • 210 grams plain flour 1½ cups
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon baking soda
  • ½  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 150 grams light brown sugar ¾ cup
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt 120 grams
  • 100 mls vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) fan setting.
  • Grease a round cake tin well using butter or oil spray. We used a medium sized tin that was 20 cm (8 inch) diameter.
  • Peel and thinly slice the apples.

Caramel apple topping

  • In a medium sized saucepan, stir together the butter, brown sugar, milk and cinnamon over low heat.
  • When everything has combined, remove from the heat and pour into the greased cake tin. It should be spread evenly across the bottom of the cake tin.
  • Arrange the apple slices over the caramel base in a fan shape. You can overlap the apple slices to ensure that they cover the base of the cake tin.


  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, brown sugar and salt. Mix together.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and yogurt until smooth.
  • Add in the vegetable oil and vanilla essence and whisk again.
  • Pour these into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix it all together until well combined to finish the cake mixture.
  • Pour the cake batter into the tin, on top of the caramel and apple layers.
  • Bake in centre of the oven for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Then the fun part! Place a large plate over the cake tin and flip the cake over in one swift motion onto the serving plate. If you need to, tap or shake it a little to make sure the cake comes off in one motion.
  • Serve your gooey caramel apple upside down cake while warm with some vanilla ice cream.