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apple cake

Upside Down Apple Cake Recipe

  • Author: Michelle - Powered by Mom
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x


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.


  • 2 (8 oz.) cans crescent roll dough
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce
  • 3 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 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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