The cake in this recipe has a top layer of apple wedges, making it a hit for all ages. It's caramelly delicious in every way.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a 9 inch pan, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Arrange twelve pecan halves, then the apple wedges (as you would for a pineapple upside-down cake. Chop remaining pecans and set aside.

  • In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set aside.

  • Beat 3/4 cup butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Stir in water. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in reserved nuts.

  • Spread batter evenly over apples and bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

  • Cool 10 minutes, then invert onto serving plate.

Nutrition Facts

344 calories; 18.2 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 384 mg sodium. 44.3 g carbohydrates; 3.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2003
A good cake that's not overly sweet. I did make my batter a little differently though. Milk instead of water baking powder in lieu of soda two eggs vanilla extract and more apples. I placed my sugar cinnamon and butter mixture into a sauce pan and stirring constantly I brought it to a boil. I then proceeded with the rest of the recipe. This cake is not only yummy for dessert but it also makes a nice breakfast. Thanks Glenda! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2005
this was a really good concept unfortunately i had a couple of issues all of my caramel cooked up and out of the cake pan (be sure to put another pan under the cake pan or you will have a mess) and the cake batter seemed more like dough than batter. very good though as far as taste goes. i put diced apples and walnuts in the cake as well and cooked the caramel on the stove. i'll do more tinkering with this recipe as i think it has a lot of potential. Read More
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37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2003
A good cake that's not overly sweet. I did make my batter a little differently though. Milk instead of water baking powder in lieu of soda two eggs vanilla extract and more apples. I placed my sugar cinnamon and butter mixture into a sauce pan and stirring constantly I brought it to a boil. I then proceeded with the rest of the recipe. This cake is not only yummy for dessert but it also makes a nice breakfast. Thanks Glenda! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2003
A good cake that's not overly sweet. I did make my batter a little differently though. Milk instead of water baking powder in lieu of soda two eggs vanilla extract and more apples. I placed my sugar cinnamon and butter mixture into a sauce pan and stirring constantly I brought it to a boil. I then proceeded with the rest of the recipe. This cake is not only yummy for dessert but it also makes a nice breakfast. Thanks Glenda! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2008
I would give this a 5 star rating except I had the same problem with it that my fellow bakers had....It was not done after specified time. I baked mine for 50 minutes and it turned out perfect. I really needed this cake to turn out good because I made another apple cake off of this site and it was horrid. So that was my husbands first impression of apple cake. once this was ready to eat he loved it I loved it. I have made this twice. Just make sure you let it cool long enough before turning it over or the apples will stick to the bottom of the pan. Other than the cook time this was a fabulous recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2003
This apple recipe was quite good. I thought it would taste more caramel-like, but I thought it taste more like apple pie. I left out the pecans, since I'm not a fan of nuts. I would make it again. My dinner company enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/10/2007
The first time I made it it did not cook all the way through (insert a knife in the center and it will come out clean when done) so I baked for extra 15 minutes and was fine...not caramel enough for me tho... Next time I made it I added 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the brown sugar cinnamon butter topping layer. Also added apple slices to the bottom (top while cooking) layer and extra nuts. Next time I will try an applesauce layer to the center to make a little more applely... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2007
My family loved this! Even my 3 1/2 year old who has refused every cake brownie and cupcake offered to him in his life ate a piece. I did follow the suggestions of others and used milk instead of water 2 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla and chopped apples to the batter. I wasn't sure how much brown sugar to use (if the 1 1/3 cup the recipe called for was 1/3 cup for the topping and 1 cup for the batter or if it all went into the batter) because the butter was not a combined measurement but the cinnamon was. I used 1/3 cup for the topping and 1 1/3 for the cake. It turned out wonderfully! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2007
This is very good but needs more "goop" on top. Next time I'll use more brown sugar and butter. I used Granny Smith apples but I will use a different kind next because Grannies are not juicy or sweet enough. Also I added an egg to the batter. I used a lot more pecan halves on the top and didn't add any to the cake itself. This is so good with vanilla ice cream! I had to bake it much longer than 30 minutes to get the middle done. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/10/2005
this was a really good concept unfortunately i had a couple of issues all of my caramel cooked up and out of the cake pan (be sure to put another pan under the cake pan or you will have a mess) and the cake batter seemed more like dough than batter. very good though as far as taste goes. i put diced apples and walnuts in the cake as well and cooked the caramel on the stove. i'll do more tinkering with this recipe as i think it has a lot of potential. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2009
Amazing. As some others did I added an egg. Next time I am going to add a little vanilla also. I did not have pecans however I used walnuts and they were great! I baked at 350 for apprx 50 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2010
Very good I followed some of the other recommendations used milk instead of water added 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla and nutmeg in both the caramel and the batter. I also used about 5 total apples and did the whole thing in a 10 inch cast iron pan. Cooked 40 minutes in the oven and it was perfect! Definitely put a cookie sheet under your pan to catch the drips. Yum yum! Read More
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