Apple Cinnamon Cake

In this upside-down apple cinnamon cake, apples are spread on the bottom becoming the top of the cinnamon cake. Once flipped, the cake is then drizzled in a honey butter!

With school now in effect, I’ve got 8 solid hours to myself and I’m all geared up and ready to run full speed ahead into fall. Like so excited that I’m secretly wishing for cooler weather so I can wear these shoes and jeans and sweaters and scarves. Ohhhh my!

So in order for me to make this cake I needed to get into character, the sunny 80 degree day wasn’t really working for me so I cranked up the central air, put on some Alex Clare {have you heard this song? OMG LOVE!} and my fuzzy socks and got my baking on.

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Anddddd look! I made you a cake! Welllll okay a cake that’s for me… that’s for you. You like?

So it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of all things dessert and even bigger fan of all desserts that are upside-down. This cake has apples tossed in cinnamon baked under a brown sugar-cinnamon cake, turned up-side down and drizzled with honey-butter, yeah I know. So if this cake doesn’t get you in the mood for fall I don’t know what will.

Ready, set…

Grab all your stuff {fuzzy socks too!} and let’s make a cake… GO!

First start by lining and spraying a 9-inch cake pan. If you wanna see how it easy it is click here for a tutorial.

Grab two apples. I’m using Gala but Granny Smith would work too.

Quarter each apple and remove the core parts, I like to leave the skin on, I think it’s prettier that way.

Toss all those core pieces in the garbage.

Next, dice the apple wedges into chunks.

Throw them into a bowl with a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon…

And mix them so they’re coated. I snagged a few… couldn’t resist AT ALL! Cinnamon covered apples remind me of my childhood. *sigh*

Dump the apples into the prepared pan.

And form a single layer.

In the same bowl that the apples were in; add in the cup of brown sugar and 3/4 stick of softened butter. Blend the sugar and butter until crumbly.

Crack and add one egg at a time, mixing after each one.

Add in a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Pour in the 2/3 cup of whole milk, mix until combined and then set aside.

In a smaller bowl combine the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.

Freshly grate a little nutmeg {like 1/8 teaspoon}. Give all that a stir and pour it right-on-into the bowl with the wet ingredients.

Give it all a mix {by hand} just until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet.

Pour the brown sugar cake batter over the cinnamon apples.

Spread it all around and bake the cake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before running a knife along the sides of the pan.

Put a cake stand or platter over top of the apple cinnamon cake…

…and flip. Phewww!

Boo-yah! Perfection!

In a small bow measure out 6 teaspoons of honey and the remaining tablespoon of unsalted butter. Zap it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so until melted.

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Pour honey butter over the apple cinnamon cake.

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Serve warm…

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Maybe even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?

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This apple cinnamon cake is so moist you can eat it with a spoon. I know, I know… I hate that m-word too… but how else can you describe a cake?

Enjoy! And if you give this Cinnamon Apple Honey Cake recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Cinnamon Apple Honey Cake

In this upside-down cinnamon apple honey cake, apples are spread on the bottom becoming the top of the cinnamon cake and is drizzled in a honey butter!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes to an hour


1-1/2 cups {about 2 medium} gala apples

1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided

1 cup dark brown sugar

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided {6T for the cake 1T for the glaze}

2 whole eggs

2/3 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg

6 teaspoons honey


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. line and spray (I like to use my Misto) a 9-inch round cake pan.

Core and dice up 1-1/2 cups of apples, that's roughly about 1-1/2 to 2 apples.

Toss the diced apples with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and place them in the bottom of your prepared pan.

In the same bowl add 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter and brown sugar. Mix until crumbly, about one minute.

Beat in the eggs {one at a time}. Then, with the mixer on low, blend in the vanilla and whole milk.

Combine the flour, remaining cinnamon and baking powder. Grate in 1/8 teaspoon of fresh nutmeg, stir.

Add in the dry ingredients and mix by hand until combined thoroughly, then pour over apples and spread evenly.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cake plate.

Meanwhile in a small bowl measure and add the 6 teaspoons of honey and the remaining tablespoon of butter. Zap it in the microwave for 20 seconds until melted and then drizzle it all over the cake cake.

Cut into eighths and serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Serve with hot cider, coffee or tea! 🙂

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37 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Cake”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 7, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Lauri you so outdid yourself! The cake itself looks awesome with the apples and cinnamon and then….the honey butter poured over the cake. Love this little cake!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 7th, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

      Thanks Averie 🙂

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    Vimitha — September 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The cake looks so awesome filled with fresh flavors… Am bookmarking this…

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This looks so fabulous! Awesome idea!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — September 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Every year, my family goes to a series of apple farms and we buy boxfuls of apples solely for the purpose of making delicious holiday treats. I don’t think we have ever made an apple cake as silly as that sounds…your cake looks phenomenal, and I’m definitely petitioning to make it this year, i can tell it’s a real winner!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — September 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This sounds perfect for fall, I love the fun of upside down cakes!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — September 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Ooh, I’ve never seen an apple upside down cake! I seriously can’t wait to make this…it’s just so perfectly fall. 🙂

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 7th, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

      It totally is! And it smells heavenly while it bakes too! 🙂

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — September 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    You had me at Honey Butter. Ok you had me at the entire cake. This looks incredible. The perfect fall treat. Happy Friday!!


    • simplyscratch replied: — September 7th, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

      Happy Friday Heather! 🙂

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    Annie — September 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    So excited to try this! Is it 7T butter, with 6T going in the mix and the remaining 1T is mixed with the honey?

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 8th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      Yes! I just updated the recipe to make it a little more clear! Have a great weekend!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    i LOVE upside down cakes…they make me so fancy 😉

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    they make me FEEL so fancy i mean!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 8th, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

      LOL! 🙂

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This is definitely my kind of cake! And that melted butter on top – AMAZING 🙂

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    Isabelle @ Crumb — September 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I think I can actually bear to give up summer and embrace fall when a cake this delicious is involved. 🙂 (Actually, I can be bribed to do pretty much anything when there’s cake involved… I’m easy like that.)
    I bet this cake is absolutely incredible with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum.

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 8th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      Me too! Cake, brownies, cookies work well too! 🙂 And when the ice cream starts to melt next to the cake.. Oh-em-gee so SO good!

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    Cassie — September 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Amazing, Laurie! I love upside down cakes, apples + cinnamon is a great idea for one!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 8th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

      Thanks Cassie 🙂

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    This is a gorgeous upside down cake! I love how you drizzle honey butter over the top!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Oh yes! Me like! There is nothing better to put you in the fall mood like baking a scrumptious cake. Love it!

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    Vicki Bensinger — September 8, 2012 at 5:10 am

    OMG this cake looks incredibly moist and delicious. Where did you find this recipe. I can’t wait to toss this together, I have all the ingredients on hand.

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 8th, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

      I had the brown sugar cake written in this compostition book I’ve kept for the past 12 years, so I’m not sure where it came from… but I added a little nutmeg to it, the apples tossed in cinnamon and then there’s the honey butter glaze just makes the cake glossy and delicious! Please come back and let me know how you liked it! Have a great weekend!

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    Muna Kenny — September 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    It’s like having a hint of apple pie, and one can have his cake too! It’s wonderful and I’m crazy about upside down cakes. Yours look very delicious!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Loving that back to school is back in session – so much a time! This cake looks heavenly!

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    Kari@Loaves and Dishes — September 8, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Warm apple cake drizzled in honey butter? You have turned my world upside-down!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 9, 2012 at 1:54 am

    are you good with sharing? cause i want to share half this amazing looking cake with you! i love that you made it different with the apples instead of the regular pineapple!

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    JulieD — September 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Wow…so pretty!! I want some! 🙂 I have actually neve made an upside cake before…this might just bring me over the edge!

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    The Newlywed Chefs — September 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Oh MAN this looks awesome. What a perfect recipe to ring in fall flavors!

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    Amber Genise — September 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Funny! I love how you admitted to turning up the air in the summer so you can petend it’s fall! I do the same thing. Also, beautiful step by step photography.

    Amber Genise

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — September 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    This is the ultimate in fall comfort – and this cake must make the house smell intoxicating while it bakes!

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    Amanda — September 12, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I whipped this up tonight in just a few minutes. Super easy and wonderfully delicious! The girls at work tomorrow will love me!

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    MBJ — September 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    This looks like a great cake! Can’t wait to taste it. Just to let you know – your written directions are slightly different from your step-by-step picture directions. In your written directions it looks like your dry ingredient paragraph interrupts the wet ingredient steps. I had printed out the written instructions and was slightly confused and had to come back to the website to figure it out.

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 27th, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

      Thanks! sorry for any confusion 🙂

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    Shannon — March 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I tried this cake and it came out really runny in the middle. What do you think I could have done wrong? I want to try it again.

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    Mira — April 16, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Making this for the first time for a party, hope it turns out well 🙂 it’s in the oven right now, has been in there a bit longer than 30min still runny in the middle. I also doubled the recipe :). I didn’t have any nutmeg or vanilla hopefully it’ll turn out yummy I’m so worried because I’m still a beginner 🙂 wait while typing this my mom said it’s done gotta go see how it went!!! Love all your recipes by the way!!

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