Upside-down apple and star anise cake

Apple upside down cake

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Turning a cake into something even more special is easy when you make it upside down. Sticky apple slices and a hint of star anise in this recipe will make an easy dinner-party dessert or the best family pud


Try our apple upside down cake then check out our toffee apple cake, apple crumble cake, pineapple upside down cake and autumn cake ideas.



  • butter 100g, plus a little extra for the tin
  • dark muscovado sugar 100g
  • self-raising flour 100g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • ground ginger a large pinch
  • ground cinnamon a large pinch
  • eggs 2
  • whipped double cream or ice cream to serve


  • butter 50g
  • golden caster sugar 50g
  • whole star anise 2-3
  • apples 3-5, cored and cut into thin slices


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Make the topping by melting the butter and caster sugar together in a pan with the star anise until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool a little. Pour into a buttered 20cm springform cake tin or cake tin without a loose base. Put the star anise on opposite sides of the cake. Use the apple slices to line the base of the tin, placing them in concentric circles.

  • Step 2

    Beat the butter and muscovado sugar until it is pale and creamy, then beat in the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and eggs, along with a pinch of salt. Spoon this onto the apples and level the top.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the sponge is cooked through. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out the cake carefully onto a plate. Serve with cream or ice cream.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 406
  • Fat 22.7g
  • Carbs 44.9g
  • Fibre 2.3g
  • Protein 4.2g
  • Salt 0.9g