Chocolate Upside Down Cake

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This was one of our family’s all time favorite desserts when I was a kid. It is unusual to pair apples and chocolate, but this is really good – try it. We always had it with whipped cream on top.

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Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Joan Donogh
Chocolate cake tops sliced apples - an unusual combination that really works.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups thick sliced peeled apples
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan in the oven. Remove and add the brown sugar and lemon juice. Arrange apples on top of the sugar mixture.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa and sugar together in a medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture looks like fine bread crumbs.
  • Beat milk, egg and vanilla together with a fork and add to the dry ingredients. Stir just enough to blend. Spoon over the apples and spread evenly.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Set on a rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then turn upside down onto a serving plate. Let it sit for 2 or 3 minutes so that all the syrup mixture and apples drop out. Serve warm.



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