Ahh, my favorite season is finally here, apple season! There is just something so inspiring with a new season, and especially autumn when the air gets crisp and you can just stay inside and bake caramel apple upside down cake. Hehe.
I made my first upside down cake back in 2017 but without caramel, a blood orange upside down cake. While that was so delicious and pretty, I absolutely love fruit baked in caramel, so I made a banana upside down cake later that year and that is the recipe I used when I made this, with a few tweaks here and there.
Remember, when you make the apple pattern, what you see when you make it is not what you will see when you turn the cake upside down! I know, it’s a little confusing. I started making a beautiful pattern but then remembered, it won’t look like this when it’s baked so I sort of had to make the opposite. You can see how I placed the apple slices in one of the photos. Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Waaa i need to make a pie now
Wiiiii! 🙂 <3
This is beautiful – the cake, but also the Dutch Golden Age still life photos.. Do you think you could bake the cake in something like a similar size iron frying pan? That way you could make the topping right in the pan you bake in (no baking parchment, unfortunately, but the cake could release from a seasoned pan.) .
Thank you SO much, Margy! I bet I could use an iron pan too! That would be beautiful, but I only have kind of small ones! Maybe I need to get a bigger one!
WOW! What a beautiful video. I so appreciate that there were not verbal directions (no offense). The beauty of the wood table, your clothing, the apples, and grey baking bowls, etc. were just STUNNING, as well as the music! I have to eat gluten free and have missed making a Tarte Tatin. THIS recipe will be a wonderful one to make with gluten-free flour!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! Thank you……
Thank you so much, Lynne!
Haha, non taken! Verbal directions do take away from the tranquility of these videos in my opinion, and also I’m not a fan of speaking on camera 😉
Oooh, do let me know how it goes with gluten free flour! My partner recently started eating gluten free and will probably do so for life, I have so much to learn when it comes to gluten free baking! Thank you again, Lynne!
What a gorgeous cake!
Thank you so much!!
Ann Van Gampelaere says
Mmmmm, cardamon and salted butter. Love that combination. I also love your video. The care you put in making the cake is so very beautiful. Do you think it would work with pears aswell?
Thank you so much, Ann! That make me soo happy to hear 🙂 I’m sure it would be fantastic with pear!
Very bad recipe all the caramel comes out very disappointing
Hi Carol! It sounds like there might be a problem with your pan, I’ve made this recipe about 5 times and it does leak a tiny bit but if there is a huge leak you might consider getting a new pan!
Laurie L says
How long does this cake keep? Please recommend ways to keep it fresh. Also, can leftovers of this cake by frozen for the future?.
I’d store it covered in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap! I’d say it lasts for a few days, but I never keep cakes that long 😉
Thank you for adding in measurements for us Americans (Yes, I agree, we are ridiculous with our measurements). I have made & love your upside-down banana cake, but it took a while to convert measurements so, thank you.
I’m so glad it’s helpful, Gwen! The measurements are a little confusing indeed but I prefer using weight anyway because it’s much more accurate! Thank you for your kind comment!
My wife and I Made this recipe on Sunday and it came out SO good! We followed your instructions and it came out just like your images. It was so tasty that we ended up giving half to our neighbors or we would have ate the whole thing in one night…so delicious thank you!
This makes me so happy to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment!
Your photo is stunning and the video is truly sublime. It can reignite the desire to keep cooking and baking during this pandemic. How could I not try this?
Because of Covid, a full size cake wouldn’t work for me today, so I decided to try two smaller cakes in mini cake pans, one is a square and the other, a heart. I worried about them not releasing, but it wasn’t a problem whatsoever, so for those concerned about leakage, this will work perfectly well as long as you don’t overfill your baking pans. They look beautiful! The heart cake will be a little gift this afternoon for a friend’s birthday as it’s about to rain and our plans have been postponed. Thank you so much for all the visual and tasty beauty. Stay well.
What kind of apples did you use for this recipe?
I used the variety Ingrid Marie! They’re tart but delicious to eat as they are too!
Henna Tangri says
Hi Linda – Thanks for this awesome recipe! Made for my son’s 2nd birthday who is an apple lover. It was a big hit with my family. The whole cake hardly lasted few hours.. Such a beautiful cake.. Tasted heavenly!!
Hi Henna! Oh, this makes me so happy, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂
I just tried this recipe, unfortunately the caramel didn’t work for me. I made it 3 times but it didn’t work, so I had to try another way of making caramel. Except from that the cake base was lovely (I used a little less sugar for the cake). Tasted yummy, thanks for the recipe! Although I couldn’t make it look as pretty as in the pictures. ?
Hii Ezgi! Sorry to hear it wasn’t working for you, may I ask what the problem was? Like how the caramel didn’t work out? Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Soy fan de tí Linda!
Me encanta cada una de las recetas que subes, he preparado tantos pasteles tuyos y salieron tan bien, fueron tan exitosos para todos los paladares (y por supuesto el mío).
Sólo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para tí, tus publicaciones y tus fotos. Haces que cada día me guste más el mundo de la repostería y la belleza en los platos.
Esta receta es increíble, el pastel de manzana ha salido hace apenas 1 hora y no he podido resistir por más tiempo en probarlo. Mi boca no deja de salivar.
Un abrazo Linda!
This is so sweet of you, thank you so so much for your kind words <3 I'm so very happy you enjoyed all the recipes you tried! Sending you big hugs!
Nora Gustafson says
Can you use brown sugar instead?
I haven’t tried but it usually works in cakes like this one, so I’d say yes! 🙂