Salted Caramel Apple Cake

This moist, upside down Salted Caramel Apple Cake recipe is delicious dessert served warm, with fresh whipped cream and a hint of maple syrup! WATCH THE VIDEO!

Lately, with the change of seasons, the nights getting dark earlier, the cooler weather, feasting on one-pot dinners, hanging around as a family at dinner time, it’s been nice to linger.

Upside Down Cake

Just letting the moments take on their own flavor, so to speak, and enjoying them and ordinary things, like baking an upside down Salted Caramel Apple Cake!

How to make Upside Down Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Sauté the apples for 13 minutes, until tender or soft.

Mix together the batter until it’s fluffy.

Fan the sliced apples over bottom of prepared pan. Spread batter on top of apples, then bake!

After cooling, run a small knife around pan edge, and invert the cake onto a plate.

My favorite … serve warm with whipped cream. YUM!

Salted Caramel Apple Cake |

Ordinary is fine.

Ordinary moments are good. They remind us of the mundane things in life, that still have meaning
—work, relationships, dining together, solving problems, learning, growing spiritually and mentally and physically. Noticing colors, nature, scents and smiles. I really do like ordinary.

We owe it to ourselves and to our families and friends to shift our thinking to ordinary being just fine.


Little ways I’ve embraced “ordinary.”

  • Get up 1/2 hour earlier every morning so I have time to read, think, pray, have coffee.
  • Exercise daily if I can, an ordinary routine we should never stop doing.
  • Make my bed first think in the morning.
  • Keep my cell phone in the kitchen at night (no phone by my bed).
  • Not complain to myself when I have to do the orinary things like pay bills, do dishes, clean house. Just stop complaining.
  • Try to be done with my work in time for dinner at night.
  • Enjoy cooking and exploring  more with flavors, ingredients, and recipes.
  • Occasionally pop a note in the mail to a friend, or a little gift.
  • Take an ordinary apple …. and bake a cake!

Upside Down Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Salted Caramel Apple Cake

It’s an ordinary thing to make a cake, but as I was assemblying the ingredients for this recipe, I thought of my dear friends back home. For almost 40 years they’ve supplied me with apples from their small orchard.

This time, as I  pulled the cake out of the oven, I thought of Roger and Faye (now in the mid 80’s).

Best Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Loved the smell of butter and apples cooking. You can use whole wheat flour, or all purpose flour.

And then pulling the cake out of the oven. Mm-m-m-m- …

The house smelled good, dinner was great, and this cake for dessert was a perfect way to end the day!

That first bite … oh, so good!

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Salted Caramel Apple Cake

Adapted from Family Circle, October 2014
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 12


  • 6 Tbsp. cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 5 Golden Delicious apples cored, peeled, each cut into 8 wedges (or a tarter flavor if you prefer)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour you can also use all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. apple pie spice from McCormick’s but you can use nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream + 2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup for topping  optional


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter the bottom of a 10-inch round cake pan with 4 tbsp. butter; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar and the sea salt. (Optional to use parchment paper.)
  • Heat remaining 2 tbsp. cold butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples and sauté for 13 minutes, until soft.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt. Add in the butter, 1 cup of dark brown sugar, eggs, whipping cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth for about 2 minutes.
  • Fan apples over bottom of prepared pan. Spread batter on top of apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Run a small knife around pan edge. Place a serving plate on top of the pan and turn plate and pan over together. Carefully remove pan. If any apples remain in the pan, place them on the cake.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Optional to whip 1 cup of whipping cream (add 2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup after whipped); serve on top!

Salted Caramel Apple Cake

I am a huge fan of my Le Creuset skillet, and I always use my KitchenAid hand mixer for that yummy whipped cream! Reposted from 2014.

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25 comments on “Salted Caramel Apple Cake”

  1. I baked this cake today on a cool and windy day. Loved the flavor. Next time I’m going to add some apples to the batter. 

  2. My daughter can’t have the heavy whipping cream. would too much change if u subbed it with full fat soy milk?

    • Erin, I’m really not familiar with cooking with full fat soy milk, so I’m not sure! Sorry! If it works, come back and tell me :)

  3. Made this it was fantastic!!!!

  4. What a delicious cake! I wasn’t sure I’d done things right as there didn’t seem much batter to cover the apples, and it didn’t follow the usual “cream butter and sugar…” instructions. I didn’t have whole wheat flour so used all purpose. Also made my own spice mix, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp allspice. Despite my anxiety this turned out to be flavourful, light crumb cake which I served with maple syrup whipped cream. Yum!

  5. How much cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg would replace the apple pie spice?

  6. Would light brown sugar work just as well in this recipe?

  7. : ) they LOVED the cake….and did everyone at the office… thanks for the recipe! your recipes are always a hit!

  8. Great reminders. I just love reading your perspective on life. Thanks for the movie recommendation too!

  9. Your blog is lovely!

    Where does the whipping cream come in? Is it just for homemade whipped cream if desired?

  10. 100% gorgeous. Yes, ordinary is fine. I fact I think it’s needed. And any season change is a perfect opportunity to soak up ordinary moments. Thanks for sharing, Sandy! Big hugs as you miss your son who is at college. Thanks for the mindful post. XOXO

  11. I absolutely love reading your posts, they chill me out a little in the midst of our crazy lives. And this cake is AMAZING!!

  12. Looks incredible and I love slowing down this time of year. I need it to stay sane.

  13. Love this recipe because it had meaning and purpose. I love that you thought of your friends while baking it. I love the little ways you’ve embraced “ordinary”. So inspiring!

  14. i am so inspired by your blog….your thoughts really make me stop and think about day to day living…and make me want to have my act more together! i am starting my FIRST women’s bible study group next week (time for me to step out of the box!) and i will be serving your delicious apple cake! : ) thank you!

  15. Your blog is new to me and the reason I signed up to follow is due to things like you have shared today…..your thoughts….your feelings…your family….and just life. Recipes are everywhere, and yours are very nice by the way, but it is what you write beyond the recipes that touch the heart and make your post memorable. Envisioning you with your longtime friends, the apples they brought, and the love baked into that cake, and those wonderful home welcoming aromas for your family as they walked in the door…..that is why I look forward to reading more.
    Thanks for reminding us to relish the ordinary, to wrap it around us like a warm well worn quilt and take comfort in it like an cherished and trusted friend.

  16. I love ordinary days. And slowing down to enjoy them. You are so right about being rushed…it’s not a fun feeling.

    Your cake looks incredible. Holy yum!!!

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