Thursday, September 9, 2010

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing some of my former college roommates! My immediate roommate was visiting from Turkey -- she's lived there for 5 years -- so it was cause for a special dessert to accompany our conversation.

I found this recipe on a Betty Crocker calendar that I have hanging in my office.

My name is SnoWhite and I'm addicted to cooking.

The original recipe added frosting to the top of this cake -- and I can't imagine actually serving it with frosting. It would have completely detracted from the cake itself.

Although ice cream... that's an excellent addition.


The cake is made with a cake mix -- and typically, I've made the recipe using applesauce.  However, I recently learned through Pinterest that you can make a box cake mix using nothing more than 1 C Greek Yogurt & 1 C water.  Really.

And, it's amazing. So light and fluffy -- and it decreases the calories substantially.

If you're looking for an easy fall dessert that is sure to impress -- try this one!  

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake - Adapted from Betty Crocker

1/4 C butter
1/8 C whipping cream
1/2 C packed brown sugar
4 medium apples, peeled and sliced
1 white/yellow cake mix
1 C water
1 C Greek yogurt {we used Fage 0%}
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Begin by melting the butter in a large saucepan.  While butter melts, add in the whipping cream and brown sugar.  Heat until butter is completely melted.

Meanwhile, peel 4 medium apples and cut them into slices.  I would cut them into quarters and then in thin slices.  I tried doing circles/half circles of apples, but it was hard to cut through the larger pieces when the cake was served.

Then, mix up the cake mix, 1 C Greek Yogurt, 1 C water and spices together until well blended.

Pour the butter/brown sugar mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13 glass baking dish.

Then, carefully layer the apples over the top of the caramel sauce. {Note: do not eat any caramel and apples.  Even though it is challenging.  Do. Not. Taste. ;-) }

Gently spoon the cake mix over the top of the apples and caramel sauce.

Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool the dessert in the pan for 10 minutes.  Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan with a spatula.

Then, place a large serving tray, or cookie sheet over the top of the pan.

Invert the pan onto the serving tray and allow the pan to sit for 1 minute so that the caramel can drizzle over the cake.  Remove the glass baking dish after 1 minute or so.  Don't let the pan sit too long or your cake will become overly moist from the humidity.

Serve warm and enjoy!

This recipe is linked to:
Delicious DishesTasty Tuesday, Tasty TuesdaysRecipe Swap ThursdayTempt My Tummy TuesdayIngredient Spotlight: CakesURS


  1. OH... I am ALL about fall desserts, and this one is sure to be a hit! Thanks for sharing ;)

  2. Oh that looks so delicious! Yea, I can't imaging putting frosting on an upside down cake like that...seems perfect as is!

  3. So timely what with apple picking season kicking off. Can't wait to try this. Gotta love cake!!

  4. This looks sooo yummy and easy! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Aww fun time with the girls! Love it!

    This cake looks fantastic. Caramel and apple are one of my favorite flavor pairings!

  6. Wonderful! Now I know what I am going to make for dessert this weekend! Merci Beaucoup!!!!! :-)

  7. Definitely making this! I haven't tried an upside down cake, but there is no escaping caramel and apple!

  8. You are too funny! I have a Pillsbury calendar in my office, so I laughed at your first sentence. :)

    This cake looks amazing, by the way--definitely keeping this one nearby for upcoming apple season!

  9. I am going to have to use this same basic idea for a gluten free version. Thanks for the idea.

  10. Thanks for visiting our blog! Your cake here looks delicious. =] I'm enjoying reading through your blog.

  11. Now this is a perfect Autumn dessert! Yumm!!

  12. This looks delicious! Did you whip the whipping cream before putting it in or did you just pour it in? I can never get things right w/ whipping cream! Thanks!

  13. I featured this as my Friday Favorite! I hope you can come check it out:

  14. I am VERY excited about this! I can't wait to try it!

  15. Who knew there were so many things to do with an apple? I've only had the pineapple upside down cake. Fab idea. Love it. Thanks for linkin up to tasty tuesdays.

  16. This sounds really good! Great time of the year for it, too!

  17. Just stopping by from Prairie Story. We are having a big picnic this week end and need an extra dessert,your recipe will be great. Thank You...

  18. Apple upside down cake, what a great idea, thanks for sharing.

  19. Yum, Yum, Yum! Lovely that you used applesauce in recipe as well! I made a big batch and want to use it in baking! Thank you for sharing!

  20. I made this yesterday and it was an absolute HIT! So delicious and moist, even without all of the oil in the cake and subbing applesauce. Thanks for all of your great recipes!

  21. love upside down cake looks delicious

  22. This looks great. I think I just might have to make this over the weekend. YUM!!

  23. Oh my! I could sure make some people in my house happy with that cake! Thanks for linking up!

  24. I'm so glad I stopped over from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures! I'm an avid food blogger and always looking for new inspiration. This looks amazing as does the rest of your site!


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