Maple Apple Upside Down Cake

There is something special about an upside down cake. The technique is very simple, but it seems like something more. Sweet goo meets crumbly cake makes this an irresistible creation. Maple, apples and cinnamon are the perfect partners. They are delicious in any season and are readily available year round. Almond meal in this cake adds a great texture and a subtle nutty flavor. I will be using it a lot more in upcoming recipes.

Healthy Valentine's Day Maple Apple Cake recipe.


With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this would be a lovely cake to share with your loved ones. It fills the house with amazing smells as the apples saute in maple & coconut oil. When the cake bakes the sweet aroma makes you smile big.


Cut paper Valentines at preschool


These little cut-outs at school made me smile big too.


Healthy whole grain breakfast cake recipe with maple apples.


This cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch or as an any time snack. I love fruits mixed with cake. Pear Spice Cake with Toasted Walnuts is a favorite around here.


Healthy whole grain breakfast cake recipe with maple apples.


Serve with some freshly whipped cream, thick greek yogurt or slightly sweetened whipped cream cheese. Vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt or gelato would be delicious too.


Healthy whole grain breakfast cake recipe with maple apples.


What is your favorite way to use maple syrup? Are you a light maple grade A kind of person or do you prefer rich, dark grade B maple syrup? I am grade B gal all the way.


Fresh apples for cake recipe - Gala, Pink Lady, Honey Crisp Apples

What are your favorite kinds of apples?


Maple Apple Upside Down Cake

Makes 8-10 servings



  • I love cinnamon with apples. Ground ginger, nutmeg, cardamom or pumpkin pie spice would be nice flavors in the cake too.
  • When it comes to pure maple syrup, my favorite is the richer maple tasting grade B amber. Grade  A is lighter in color, sweeter and less maple in flavor. When it comes down to choosing, just use which ever you prefer.
  • Firm sweet-tart apples such as Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady and Granny Smith work really well in this cake.





  • 2 1/2 cups diced Apples, keep skin on
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined Coconut Oil
  • pinch of fine Sea Salt
  • pinch of ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup


  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 cup Almond Meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon of fine Sea Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia Powder (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 large Egg, whisked
  • 1 cup fat free Milk
  • Cooking Spray



Apples: Heat coconut oil in a medium non stick skillet over medium high heat. Add apples, water and a pinch of salt and cinnamon. Stir occasionally and cook for about 8 minutes until apples are soft and fragrant. Remove from heat, stir in maple syrup and let apples cool in a separate bowl.

Cake: Pre heat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Prepare a 8×2 inch round pan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk together the wet ingredients. Gently combine the wet and dry together to form the cake batter.

Put apples in the pan first in a single layer. Make sure they coat the bottom of the pan well. Carefully smooth the cake batter over the maple apple mixture. Try to keep the apples from moving around too much. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool for a few minutes.

To remove from pan: put a large dinner plate over the cake pan. Hold it tight and flip the cake over. It should slide out easily. If it sticks carefully use a spatula to loosen up the sides.



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~ Marla Meridith

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56 thoughts on “Maple Apple Upside Down Cake

  1. Marla, this cake is stunning! I just love all those fresh,
    fall-reminiscent flavors you used. This looks so scrumptious. And,
    let’s see, my favorite way to use maple syrup is on some warm,
    fluffy blueberry pancakes – and the REAL stuff! My husband refuses
    to use anything but Aunt Jemima, but I have my own bottle of dark
    Vermont syrup that’s just heaven! 🙂 Can’t live without

    1. Lucy: It’s tough girl, I squeeze in work whenever I can. Different times of the day different stuff. Getting the lighting and time right for photos is the toughest. Usually the cooking/baking takes place the day before the shoot. Lots of food labeled “do not touch” in the fridge at all times. Does that happen in your house too? I know you are very busy as well.

  2. Such a gorgeous cake and pretty pictures, Marla! Apples are
    my favorite fruit (along with cherries when they’re in season) and
    I’m always looking for new things to make with them…and Cortlands
    are my favorite, I bet they’d be great in this cake!

  3. Those cut outs are SO cute!! And I love this cake. I
    really, really want some. I normally don’t like apples baked in
    anything, but I am pregnant, and I think I am now obsessed with
    this cake thanks to you. It might be me and this cake for the next
    6 weeks. 🙂

    1. Amanda: It’s amazing what we crave when we are pregnant & how those cravings change throughout the pregnancy. Glad you are in a baked apple phase 😉

  4. So pretty, so homey, and so full of wonderful and healthy
    flavors, Marla. This cake has really spurred me to buy almond flour
    to taste and experiment with, something I’ve meant to do for ages
    but haven’t gotten around to doing. In answer to your question: I
    love best the small, tart, nameless heritage apples of an ancient
    and forgotten pair of apple trees deep in the forest surrounding my
    home in North Carolina. Does any apple taste better than one you
    have discovered and picked yourself?

  5. Mmm I know from experience that apples and cinnamon are great together indeed. And I can already imagine that maple would make it even tastier! I’ve also really taken to eating fruit treats with a tart yogurt or sour cream topping in the last year. A great balance to the sweetness and warm spices. I like honey crisp, gala, and golden delicious for munching. And fresh and local really is much tastier than store bought!

    1. Xiaolu: I wish we had apple trees in our yard. You are right there is nothing like picking fresh fruit from a near by farm or your own land. I prefer the balance of a tart yogurt or sour cream over ice cream any day when paired with a sweet cake like this. There is a such thing as too much sweet – sometimes 😉

    1. Sonia: Thanks so much. Apple crumble is one of my all time favorite apple desserts. Now I need to work on a crumble topping without all the brown sugar. hmmmm

  6. I thought it was rhubarb when I first saw it. It would be
    great with rhubarb, too…. and thick dollops of homemade yogurt or
    sinful creme fraiche! YUM! I love the hardy ingredients and
    appreciate the thought you went into making it. 🙂 Valerie (There’s
    a little love waiting over at my site, too) XO

  7. What a gorgeous cake. I love the combination of flavors
    that you’ve used. Maple, cinnamon, and apples go so well together.
    I’m partial to Honeycrisp for snacking, but tend to buy Gala more
    frequently since they’re usually more abundant and less

    1. Dara: I had not thought of the “apple patchwork” concept, interesting way to see this cake. You are so creative and have such a great eye. It ups the Americana factor. Apples, cinnamon & patchwork!

  8. Such a delicious looking maple upside down cake! Yum! Also
    I LOVE your new site design! Love your pic you gorgeous babe! 🙂
    xoxo ps. Thanks for visiting my blog…I have been a little busy
    with projects and have no time for tweeting or blogging..but will
    post once a week! 🙂

    1. Sara: Thanks for your super sweet compliments! I always love when you stop by for a visit. Even though you are so busy I am happy you will still post one of your beautiful recipes once a week. I always look forward to visiting your blog. Wondering what you are up to behind the scenes??

  9. I love the way fruit always seems to caramelize on top of upside down cakes. I think it’s what makes them so decadent.

    This cake looks gorgeous! I love the maple coconut almond combination.

  10. Amazing amazing photos!!!! I love the little cut out people too! Very cute!
    I am a grade a kinda girl. My kids are spoiled and only eat real maple syrup. However it is soooooooo expensive. I probably spend about $40 a month on the stuff!!! Aggggg. But we can never go back to the “maple flavored high fructose corn syrup”!
    Thank for stopping by my blog!

    1. Leslie: I know the pure maple syrup can be very expensive. I buy large bottles of it at Trader Joe’s for fairly reasonable prices. They last a good long time because they are so big!! My kids only know from the real stuff and I am with you – no “maple flavor fakes” around here. Could you imagine the sugar crashes after that stuff??!!

  11. I was thinking recently about the wonderful maple syrup and how I miss using it in my cooking; thanks to you, I am now going to use it in my baking! Love love apples, raw or in a cake. This is a healthy and delicious cake.

  12. This looks so cool! I love that you can see all that
    apples. That usually doesn’t happen with your average, run of the
    mill apple cake.