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


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  • 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