Apple Pie Upside Down Cake

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Gooey apples in a buttery syrup over a moist, sweet cake, baked upside down in a cast-iron skillet. The perfect warm welcome to fall. 

Apple Upside Down Cake baked in a cast iron skillet is the old fashioned apple dessert that stands the test of time.  I mean, what isn’t there to love about this scrumptious cake, bathed in warm syrupy apples? You’ll definitely want to serve it with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as a special treat.


It feels like #FallFlavors week just began, and I am already sharing my last recipe contribution to this delicious event.  Don’t get too sad though — you know me, I have plenty of other fantastically fall-flavored yumminess coming your way all the way through Thanksgiving.

Apple and pumpkin are my favorite things to bake with – so keep your eyes open and your noses pointed in the air! 😉


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Fall Flavors 2020 Recipes:

If you’re curious what I shared this week here is what you may have missed: Caramel Apple Tea Cake, Baked Sweet Potato Chips (and a bonus – Savory Pumpkin Dip with Bacon, which is excellent with the sweet potato chips)



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If you can’t wait to make this old fashioned apple upside down cake, don’t forget where you found the recipe! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest recipe board before you go!


Reasons to love this Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe

Aside from the obvious, like look at that soft cake!  There are loads of reasons to love this cake!

Here are a few of them!

  • It’s Easy! It contains nothing fancy, just basic pantry ingredients. 
  • It’s quick! No peeling of apples, just open a can of pie filling. This means it’s adaptable to all sorts of other flavors, using the same method, just different pie filling.  
  • You get to use that cast iron skillet that stashed away in your oven.  Of course, you don’t have to use a cast iron, any heavy ovenproof skillet will do, the cast iron is just the good ol fashioned way of doing things.  Stick to one that is about 10″-12″ in diameter though, any bigger and the cake will be too thin, any smaller and it might bake over. 
  • You have the perfect excuse to whip some cream or eat ice cream.  


Step by Step Directions on how to make this simple Apple Upside Down Cake recipe


1. Combine, butter egg and sugars. 2. Add in flour, baking powder and salt. 3. Mix in milk. 4. Stir in vanilla paste. 5. Add butter and brown sugar to a cast iron skillet. 6. Melt together. 7. Spread apple pie filling in the bottom of the skillet. 8. Top with cake batter, bake. 9. Flip.





Overhead of From Scratch Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a whit plate

More Upside Down Cake Recipes to love

Upside down cakes have been around for decades.  The classic one that most minds go to is the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.  But what about a Pumpkin Praline Upside Down Cake? Or an Upside Down Peach Cake with warm rum sauce?  For the holidays this Upside Down Blueberry Sweet Roll recipe is perfect for breakfast or dessert, and this Cranberry Upside Down Cake can’t be beat!


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Let’s get to the recipe for this simple and delicious Apple Upside down Cake shall we?  M.

Overhead view of Apple Upside Down Cake on wooden platter
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Apple Upside Down Cake

Gooey apples in a buttery spiced syrup over a moist, not too sweet cake, baked upside down in a cast iron skillet. The perfect warm welcome to fall. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cake, canned pie filling, cast iron skillet, easy, Grandma's recipe, old fashioned, pie filling, upside down cake
Servings: 10 "-12" cast iron cake
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 stick butter divided (1/2 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 4 Tablespoons brown sugar divided
  • 1 20 ounce can of apple pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 6 Tablespoons butter.
  • In a bowl whisk together: flour, butter, eggs, vanilla paste, baking powder, sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, salt and milk.
  • In a 10"-12" cast iron skillet on the stove, melt butter and 4 Tablespoons brown sugar. Pour in can of apple pie filling, and spread to cover bottom evenly.
  • Pour batter over the top and carefully smooth it out.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Immediately invert cake onto a platter to release cake. Be careful, the fruit will be very hot!
  • Cool slightly and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 251mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g

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  1. Oh wow! The texture of this looks insane! I know I’m going to prefer this to pineapple upside down cake and apples are just coming into season here! Thanks

  2. This was absolutely delicious and came out so beautiful! The apples were gooey and sweet and everyone loved it. Thank you!

  3. What a perfectly delicious Fall dessert!! Loved the apples – they were incredibly tender and I served this with vanilla ice cream… perfection 🙂

  4. I keep rescanning this page, but I cannot see a measurement for how much milk to add. I see other reviewers have had success making this cake, so I feel I am just missing it somewhere? Please help, I’d love to make this!

  5. Thank you for your quick reply, I baked it this afternoon and OMG it’s such a winner! Everyone
    wants it again asap. You rock!

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