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Apple Upside Down Gingerbread
5 from 1 vote

Apple Upside Down Gingerbread

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves give this apple upside-down gingerbread cake a rich flavor.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, cake, gingerbread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 324 kcal
Author Amy D.


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large Honeycrisp apples peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed black tea


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour the melted butter into a 9x9inch pan. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the butter and then arrange the apple slices over the sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Beat in the egg, then the molasses.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and tea to the molasses mixture alternately, starting and finishing with the dry ingredients. Pour the batter over the apples.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before turning out onto a serving plate.

Recipe Notes

This recipe has been lightly adapted from the Taste of Home Bakeshop Favorites Cookbook.