Gluten Free Apple Upside Down Cake

Recently my husband started a gluten free diet to help his tummy.  It has worked great for him.  But for me...well I'm a baker and it is tough to find good recipes for him.  However, believe it or not, he isn't a dessert fan.  I know, I know, how can that be?  Well, I grew up in a family where dessert was an everyday occurrence.  My hubby... not so much.  So, when he asked me to make this recipe for him I was thrilled.  What?  You want me to bake dessert for you?  I couldn't wait.  I was happy baking for him, and he was happy to have something he could enjoy.  I hope all of you that have a gluten allergy, or have a family member that does, enjoys this recipe as much as we did.

Ingredients for the topping:
4 Tbsp. of butter softened
½ c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
2 apples, cut into wedges, 12 slices per apple
½ c. walnuts or pecans, chopped

Ingredients for the cake: 
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/3 c. milk
4 oz. applesauce
2 eggs
½ c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 c. Gluten Free Bisquick/biscuit mix

Instructions for the Apple Topping:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and stir until a smooth paste forms.
  3. Spread evenly over the bottom of an 8 inch round cake pan sprayed with gluten free nonstick cooking spray or lightly covered with butter
  4. Top the mixture with the apple slices arranged in a pattern you like.
  5. Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the apple slices and set aside.

Instructions for the Cake Batter:  
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, applesauce, eggs, brown sugar and cinnamon until everything is well combined.  
  2. Add the gluten free Bisquick to this mixture and stir until everything is well combined and lump free.  You’ll notice that the batter has a much denser consistency than most cake batters.  
  3. Spoon the batter over the apple walnut mixture and smooth into place with a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon.  
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.   
  5. Let it cool for five minutes before inverting it onto your serving dish.  If any apples remain in your pan simply place them back where they belong.   
** This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9x12 inch pan instead.

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 Source:  "mooched" from - EZ Gluten Free


  1. Oh this looks so yummy. Can't wait to try.
    Happy New Year's,
    Wanda Ann @

    1. Thanks, Wanda. Have a great New Year too!! Nichi

  2. No problems with gluten here, but that looks wonderful! Wish I had some for breakfast, lol. I will try this for sure, thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh yum!!

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    Happy New Year!

    - The Tablescaper

  4. Looks great, I am on a gluten-free diet and can't wait to try this! You're invited to share it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase if you would like! :)

    Happy Holidays,

  5. This looks awesome... I keep thinking about going back to being wheat free again.. I did it for a few months, not sure if I felt better or not maybe because I didn't last long. I had a hard time figure out what to make that didn't have wheat. But tucking this away so that I will be able to use it, especially when I have company that are on gluten free diets. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

  6. This looks like an amazing dessert! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  7. Hi Nichi, this dessert looks so good. Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday.

  8. Nichi,
    YUM! This looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday last week!

  9. What a great dessert, Nichi! Thank you for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week. I look forward to seeing what you share this week :)

  10. I HAVE to have dessert every day! I've trained my family to expect the same! While we do not have any gluten allergies, I think this cake is wonderful! I love warm apples, especially with cinnamon! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!


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