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Upside Down Apple Cake Recipe

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Delicious Apple Cake Recipe With an Upside Down Cinnamon Roll Twist

Take a traditional apple cake recipe and pair it with your favourite cinnamon roll and you have this fresh take on a fall and winter classic.upside down apple cake

Upside Down Apple Cake

Ahh there's just something about fall and apple everything from apple pie to this delicious Upside Down Apple Cake with a Cinnamon Roll Twist. This apple cake is a new favourite here as it perfectly combines the deliciousness of apple pie goodness from the apples and cinnamon with some ooey-gooey goodness of caramel and the delectable taste of a cinnamon roll. Say what?!upside down apple cake

It's true and fair warning you will enjoy this Upside Down Apple Cake so much that you will get sticky fingers as you just won't be able to help yourself. Or maybe that's just me? hahaupside down apple cake

Is anyone else besides me craving apples and cinnamon with some gooey caramel? It's not just me right? This apple cake is so tasty so let's get to the reicpe shall we?

Yield: 1 cake

Upside Down Apple Cake Recipe

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Take a traditional apple cake recipe and pair it with your favourite cinnamon roll and you have this fresh take on a fall and winter classic.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 2 (8 oz.) cans crescent roll dough
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup caramel sauce
  • 3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a large round cake pan with baking spray.
  2. Whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Pour half of the caramel sauce in the cake pan and lay apple slices on top. Unpackage the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams together to make a large rectangle of dough. Do the same with the second can of dough.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture on one rectangle of dough and place second rectangle on top.
  5. Brush melted butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Slice into 1" strips and lay in a spiral on top of the apples.
  6. Bake for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, until dough in the center is fully cooked.
  7. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a cake plate.
  8. Drizzle with remaining caramel sauce. In a small bowl mix together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the top as well.


*total time does not include cooling down time of the cake.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 3gSugar: 54gProtein: 2g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

Does total time include cooling of the cake?

No it doesn't and I know you all are eager to make and eat this tasty apple cake with its caramel goodness, the total time to make this delectable treat does not include cooling time for the cake. Allow about 30 minutes for the cake to cool before going to those next steps like the yummy icing etc.. Below is what the cake looks like before we put all those goodies on it.apple cake

At this stage, the cake is already making the whole house smell like fall has arrived. So be warned your mouth might start to water already!

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Are you drooling yet? I know I am and I've already had some of this tasty apple cake.

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While you may start out eating this yummy apple cake with a fork you may end up finishing it with your fingers because it's just so good. However, to not get those sticky fingers try to control yourself and use a fork lol

Can you freeze this Upside Down Apple Cake?

Yes, you can but I recommend either cutting it up and putting it in an airtight container or a very gentle seal on your FoodSaver.

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Upside Down Apple Cake


So who is going to make this tasty Upside Down Apple Cake? If you do let us know how you liked it and if you added your own twist to it!

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By on September 12th, 2019

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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73 thoughts on “Upside Down Apple Cake Recipe”

  1. I love to try this recipe look so yummy indeed Delicious Apple Cake Recipe With An Upside Down Cinnamon Roll Twist Plus does not look to hard to make it

  2. This is an interesting recipe.
    I have been wanting to do something with apples we have from the NC mountains.
    I will modify this with real cake bottom.

  3. My favorite dessert is apple pie. I love all things apple. I have never had a dessert like this. I will pin it and will give it a try.

  4. This recipe looks like and sounds like a wonderful Fall recipe. I have some apples a friend just brought me from the mountains so now is the time to make it!

  5. This looks so good love to make it now that its fall and the holidays are coming. Everyone likes to try something new when we all get together and apples are our favorite fruit baked.

  6. This made me so hungry looking at it and watching the steps made me realize how easy it is to make. That you for posting this, I will be making this as soon as I can get to the store.

  7. This is one of my favorite desserts! My mom used to make me an apple cake every year for my birthday instead of a traditional birthday cake.

  8. OH! this looks so good! I love that it has apples for the fall season! This would be a great recipe to try with my daughter who loves to cook

  9. I'm not usually a dessert apple person but this actually looks good. It also looks like something easy for the kids to help with.

  10. This sounds so good. I love baking with apples. This would be great right now with my cup of coffee. I will be trying this soon. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  11. Oh my goodness does this look simply amazing! My hubby would absolutely love this dessert, I can't wait to make it for him.

  12. My mouth was watering with this post! This is a dessert my husband would love. I love that you use the crescent roll dough that makes it so easy.

  13. This looks so good!! And best of all it is quick and easy even I can make it. Have company coming next month will be making this while they are here

  14. What a yummy looking recipe for this time of year and a good way to use up all of the fresh apples that we are seeing at the farmers markets around here.

  15. This sounds so yummy. We go apple picking every year and love to bake pies, crisp, etc. Definitely gonna try this recipe this year; it'll be a hit for sure.

  16. I have heard of pineapple upside down cake before, but never apple! This sounds even better, yum! I am definitely going to make one of these, it's so perfect for Fall! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.


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