Apple upside-down cake

    50 min

    A yummy apple cake that I decided to make for the first time tonight. I was very happy with how it turned out.

    County Dublin, Ireland
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    Makes: 1 upside-down apple cake

    • 5 small dessert (eating) apples or 3 large apples
    • 135g caster sugar, divided
    • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
    • 200g self raising flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 110g margarine, softened
    • 2 large eggs or 3 medium

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Peel and core the apples. Then slice the apples into segments.
    2. Heat up a frying pan, add 25g sugar, golden syrup and a tablespoon of water to the hot pan. Swirl (do not stir) the liquid until sugar dissolves into the liquid and a caramel is formed.
    3. Add the apple segments to the frying pan and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Simmer until the apples soften slightly. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
    4. While apple is cooling, grease an average size cake tin. Add the apple segments and caramel to tin and leave to cool completely.
    5. Now for the cake: in a larger bowl, sift flour, baking powder, remaining cinnamon and nutmeg. Add remaining 110g caster sugar. Add in the softened margarine and the eggs. Beat until the mixture is well combined.
    6. Pour the mixture over the apple segments, ensuring that all the apple is covered.
    7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Check that it is cooked right through by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake; if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
    8. Let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes in the cake tin before inverting it onto a serving plate. Let it cool of a wire rack or eat it hot from the oven with ice cream.


    The cake mixture is a basic cake recipe that my mam thought me when I was very young. It is easy and can be used for fairy cakes. You can use this recipe for a pineapple upside-down cake, I just wanted to make it with apples for a change.

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    Please note, this cake takes at least 40 minutes to cook ... Perhaps more as mine took 43 minutes...I have a brand new oven that has been tested for temperature accuracy. It looks the part...will see how it tastes!  -  01 Oct 2013


    Just made this cake,although it took considerably longer than the stated time (mine took 45 mins) it was completely worth it, sweet apple topping really light and delicious sponge, will make it often. Well done great recipe.  -  27 Feb 2015


    Hi, I am just cooking this cake now so not sure how it's going to turn out. Please note there is a mistake in the Method though - no mention of adding baking powder (trying to make this with 4 year old in tow so a bit distracted...). Can you amend? (Baking powder mentioned in ingredients). Let's see whether it rises!  -  20 Dec 2013