Great Day Farms

Applesauce Upside-Down Cake

Submitted By: Heather Disarro

Bio: Heather Disarro is a native Texan who now lives in Little Rock with her husband Nate, son and two rambunctious labs. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006 with a degree in Restaurant/Hotel/Institutional Management and English. After forays in the restaurant, fashion and outdoor apparel industries, her passion for food, writing, photography and travel led her to begin a food- and life-based blog, Heather’s Dish, where she blogs on a daily basis. She also coordinates a blog dedicated to encouraging women to see their own true beauty,, which is run solely from individual contributions. In her free time you can find Heather working out, playing hide-and-seek with her son, kneading bread or hiking with her family. She is a wife, mother, storyteller, writer, hopeful crafter, and all-around completely blessed!



  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt



  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Liberally spray an 8-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray and then line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl toss together the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice until well combined, then press into an even layer on top of the parchment paper.
  4. In the same bowl whisk together the unsweetened applesauce, granulated sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla until smooth.
  5. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, then gradually fold into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Pour the batter evenly over the apples, then tap the pan lightly on the counter to release any large air bubbles.
  7. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes until the cake is golden brown and just done.
  8. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan. 
  9. Place the serving platter upside down on top of the cake, then carefully invert so that the cake comes out of the pan and the apples are now on top.
  10. Serve warm, at room temperature, or cold with sifted powder sugar on top if desired.

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