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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Upside Down Caramel Apple Skillet Cake

A slice of warm delicious down home caramel apple upside down skillet cake is sure to bring a smile to your face.  Add a scoop of ice cream to this spiced cake for an extra special fall treat.

close slice of warm upside down caramel apple skillet cake with scoop of ice cream and drizzle of caramel sauce


     Apple season is official upon us. So it's time to break out the warmer flavors of caramel and cinnamon.  This caramel apple upside down skillet cake is the perfect way to get all of those cozy flavors and feelings together in one delicious dessert. It is part spice cake and part sticky caramel apple. It is great on its own, but of course a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of caramel make it even more decadent!

     Imagine the smells of warm brown sugar, apples and cinnamon baking in your cast iron skillet.  In fact, don't imagine it...

      Get yourself moving towards your kitchen so you can make this happen asap! The apple orchards are starting to bring in the new harvest and there is no time like the present to celebrate.

slices of apples, cinnamon sticks, slice of caramel apple upside down skillet cake


     Not only will you have the joy of making something super delicious, but your house will smell amazing.  Everyone who enters your kitchen will know something good is about to happen!

     Luckily this cake is easy enough to whip up.  There is a simple caramel apple layer that incorporates some of our favorite baking spices to make it extra aromatic and flavorful.

     The cake itself comes together quickly and you can have the skillet in the oven in no time at all.  Which is good, because you are going to want to dive in as soon as possible!

    Make sure tho serve this warm with your favorite vanilla ice cream.  People will remember this cake for a long-long time.

whole upside down caramel apple skillet cake


What if I don't have a 9" cast iron skillet?

Don't despair! You can still enjoy this cake.  Just make the butter and brown sugar mixture in a saucepan and pour it into a 9" cake pan. After that, just follow the instructions in the recipe.

bite of caramel apple skillet cake on fork

What does it taste like?


If a caramel apple and spice cake got together, this caramel apple upside down cake could be their baby!

slice of caramel apple skillet cake with bite missing from the end

Possible variations for apple upside down cakes

  • Use dark brown sugar for an even deeper caramel-y molasses flavor
  • Toss some chopped pecans or walnuts in with the apple and buttery brown sugar mixture
  • For a milder spice flavor omit the cloves and add just a dash of nutmeg 

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Dessert
American
Caramel Apple Upside Down Skillet Cakehttps://youtu.be/qFH5Y151HdAA slice of warm delicious down home caramel apple upside down skillet cake is sure to bring a smile to your face. Add a scoop of ice cream to this spiced cake for an extra special fall treat.9/3/2019
Yield: 12 servings
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Upside Down Caramel Apple Skillet Cake

This caramel apple upside down skillet cake is the perfect way to get all of those cozy flavors and feelings together in one delicious dessert. It is part spice cake and part sticky caramel apple. It is great on its own, but of course a scoop of ice cream and drizzle of caramel make it even more decadent!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 65 M

ingredients:

Caramel Apple Layer
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 medium apples - peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Cake Layer
  • 1/2  cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

instructions:

How to cook Upside Down Caramel Apple Skillet Cake

  1. To make the caramel: In a 9 inch cast-iron skillet, melt a stick of butter on medium low heat. When it begins to bubble stir in the brown sugar. Continue stirring until smooth and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. Allow to cool while you make the cake layer.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar with your hand mixer until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add milk and mix until combined.
  4. Stir in, by hand, the cinnamon, flour and baking powder. Stir just until combined.
  5. Arrange the apples over the caramel mixture. Spoon the cake batter over the apples and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving dish.
  7. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce if desired.
Calories
319.85
Fat (grams)
16.09
Sat. Fat (grams)
9.78
Carbs (grams)
42.87
Fiber (grams)
1.54
Net carbs
41.33
Sugar (grams)
28.72
Protein (grams)
2.62
Sodium (milligrams)
59.29
Cholesterol (grams)
56.58
Created using The Recipes Generator





A slice of warm delicious down home caramel apple upside down skillet cake is sure to bring a smile to your face. Add a scoop of ice cream to this spiced cake for an extra special fall treat.




A slice of warm delicious down home caramel apple upside down skillet cake is sure to bring a smile to your face.  Add a scoop of ice cream to this spiced cake for an extra special fall treat.


shared at The Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

44 comments:

  1. Yep, I'll be trying this alright!! Two of my favorite things..caramel flavor and apples..cannot go wrong!! I can literally last it now.. it sounds and looks so yummy!!

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    1. Aren't caramel apple desserts the best! MiMi made this and sent me the post and the pictures, but no cake. Can you even believe it?! I guess I'll have to make one for myself!

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  2. Now that is what I call a sweet treat. I love cooking in my cast iron skillet although I don't do enough of it. Now I have a great recipe to use in my cast iron skillet. Thanks Carlee :)

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    1. I love it too! I definitely go through phases where I use them for everything and then get out the habit for a while. I am in a cast iron phase now ;-) Thanks, Sam!

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  3. Just a little butter here! Sounds yummy! I can see the cast iron skillet full of apples now.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. Ha, you are right, but butter makes things better! Thanks, Linda!

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  4. I love my cast iron skillets! This looks delicious. Definitely pinning for later.

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    1. I love mine too, they are so versatile! Thank you!

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  5. I live 100 km from a valley famous for great apples. I have marked this to try when the apples are ready there. Thanks for the post!

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    1. How cool! I hope you love this when the time comes!

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  6. Yes, please! This an upside down cake that sounds right up my alley!

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    1. Isn't it a fun one? Thanks and have a great weekend!

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  7. This is one of those recipes that I couldn't pass by. I love things that are made in cast iron skillets. I really need to make this as soon as the weather cools off a bit.

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    1. I love using my cast iron skillets for a little of everything too. I hope you love this!

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  8. This Apple Skillet Cake looks amazing! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  9. This looks so decadent! My family would love this :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. It is perfect with a nice scoop of ice cream! Thank you!

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  10. Yum!! I have got to try this!! My family would love it.

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    1. I hope you do, it is really good! Thanks!

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  11. Carlee, this looks amazing! I can imagine the whole house smells like heaven. I love baked apples, but baked apples on top, or bottom, of a cake! Yummy! I bet they were really happy that they were home!

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    1. Caramel and apples were just meant to be together, so this is a slam dunk in my book. Adding cake just takes it to the next level. Thanks as always, Nikki!

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  12. Never tried an apple upside down cake, but it sounds amazing!! Thanks so much for linking up at You Link It, We Make It. Hope to see you back tomorrow to party!

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    1. Any upside down cake is a good one in my book! Thanks for the fun party!

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  13. YUM! Pinned! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipe, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  14. This sounds so tasty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  15. Looks so tasty, Carlee--pinning this! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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  16. Looks so full of Fall flavor and yumminess! Skillet goodies are becoming a thing around here, I must make this. Have a great start to your week!

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    1. It is soooooo good and perfect for all. Bring on the skillet goodies!!

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  17. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenSeptember 9, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    I'm drooling. This looks soooo good, Carlee! Save a slice (or three) for me!

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  18. This is so delicious. This will definitely become a family favorite.

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  19. All I have to say is - YES PLEASE!

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  20. This looks delicious!! If I give this a try in my round cake pan do I need to spray the pan before putting the butter/brown sugar mixture in it? Just wanted to make sure... thanks so much! :)

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    1. I would. Your cake pan won't have the seasoning of a cast iron skillet. I can't wait to hear what you think!

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  21. This dessert speaks to my soul...it looks just perfect!

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  22. What a great idea for your Upside Down Caramel Apple Skillet Cake, a great fall dessert! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!