Pumpkin Apple Upside Down Cake

This Pumpkin Apple Upside Down Cake is one of the best recipes for fall – uses a spice cake base (like pumpkin bread) with rich caramel apple topping. Add to your list of fall desserts!

Apple Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

Happy (almost) Halloween! I've got another great autumn treat for you guys today – you're going to want to add this recipe for Apple Pumpkin Upside Down Cake to your rotation of fall desserts.

This ended up being such an easy recipe – all you have to do is saute a few peeled/cored apples in a cast iron skillet, add the caramel topping, and pour a delicious spice/pumpkin cake over the top (then bake, of course). It's one of those recipes that seems super complicated, when in reality, you can use a few great shortcut ingredients (like jarred caramel sauce and spice cake mix) to make a really easy treat!

This one has all of the flavors of fall – the rich spice of pumpkin, the sweet glaze of a caramel apple, and even a little bit of texture and earthiness from the walnuts. This recipe actually uses the same base as my Pumpkin Spice Tres Leches Cake from a couple of weeks ago, but you wouldn't really know it – they're used in totally different ways in the two recipes. The contrast between the pumpkin bread base and the ooey gooey apple caramel topping is so good – and trust me, this is one that's best served warm. It pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee for an autumn evening dessert.

apple pumpkin upside down cake from above on a cake plate

If you're a fan of rich, spicy fall flavors, you'll want to try this Apple Pumpkin Upside Down Cake. The easy recipe can be found below!

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Pumpkin Apple Upside Down Cake

This Pumpkin Apple Upside Down Cake is one of the best recipes for fall – uses a spice cake base (like pumpkin bread) with rich caramel apple topping. Add to your list of fall desserts!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 428 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 apples peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 12.25 oz jarred caramel topping
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in a cast iron skillet. Once melted and bubbling (slightly brown), add in apples. Saute for 5 minutes, until slightly broken down.
  • Remove skillet from heat and stir in caramel topping. Combine walnuts with caramel mixture.
  • In a large bowl, mix together spice cake mix, melted stick of butter, milk, and pumpkin puree. Pour over caramel mixture in skillet (do not mix).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted halfway into cake comes out clean.
  • Turn cake onto a cake pan, apple side facing up.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 428kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 5gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 477mgPotassium: 338mgFiber: 3gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 3605IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 3mg
Keyword apple, fall dessert, pumpkin, upside down cake
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Hope you enjoy this cake on a cool fall night, friends! Click here if you'd like to see more of my recipes.

xo, Leslie

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2 Comments

  1. Kathi Farinacci says:

    Is your recipe for a 10” or 12” cast iron skillet?

    1. Leslie Lambert says:

      Mine is a 10″, but a 12″ would probably work better for this – the batter was a little overfull in mine.