Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake


A buttery mixture of apples, pecans, and cranberries tops flakey cornmeal cake. Serve it with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 23 mins


  • 6 tablespoon butter

  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • cup dried cranberries

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup cornmeal

  • 1 cup hot water

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 10-inch oven-going skillet melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add apples; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from skillet. In same skillet combine remaining butter and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter melts. Bring to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Sprinkle with pecans and cranberries. Arrange apple slices on top.

  2. In bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In medium bowl combine cornmeal, water, and 1/4 cup butter. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture just until combined. Pour over apples.

  3. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert; serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

396 Calories
21g Fat
49g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 196mg 4%
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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