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Upside-Down Apple Pie with Cinnamon

This is a quick upside-down apple pie recipe , made with rye flour and lots of cinnamon! It has an amazing taste and it is the perfect, easy dessert for Fall! 

I don’t usually eat baked goodies because I’m not a huge fan of flour-based desserts, but this upside-down apple pie is definitely a must-try! It is just perfect for this season and you’ll love how all flavors blend so well together.

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Tips for baking the best upside-down pies

  1. Choose Ripe and Flavorful Fruit: Select ripe, seasonal fruits that are bursting with flavor to ensure a delicious upside-down topping.
  2. Use the Right Pan: Opt for a heavy-bottomed, oven-safe skillet or a baking dish to evenly distribute the caramelized topping and fruit.
  3. Properly Prepare the Fruit: Peel, core, and slice the fruit uniformly to ensure even cooking and an attractive presentation.
  4. Sweeten the Topping: Create a rich, caramelized topping by melting butter and sugar together. Consider adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom for extra flavor.
  5. Add Nuts or Spices: Enhance the flavor and texture by incorporating chopped nuts (e.g., pecans, walnuts) or ground spices (e.g., cinnamon, ginger) into the topping.
  6. Use Quality Flour: If your recipe includes a cake or batter base, use high-quality flour, like rye flour in this case, for added depth of flavor.
  7. Arrange Fruit Neatly: Arrange the fruit slices or pieces in an appealing pattern on top of the caramelized topping for an attractive finish.
  8. Don’t Overmix the Batter: If your dessert includes a batter, mix it gently to avoid overdeveloping gluten, which can result in a tough texture.
  9. Bake with Care: Monitor your dessert closely while baking to prevent overcooking. Test for doneness with a toothpick or cake tester.
  10. Invert Quickly: Once out of the oven, carefully invert the dessert onto a serving platter while it’s still warm to ensure the topping releases cleanly.
  11. Serve Warm: Upside-down fruit desserts are best enjoyed warm, so serve promptly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

With these tips, you can create irresistible upside-down fruit desserts that are perfect for any occasion, especially for the Fall season!

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Fruits that work well for upside-down cakes

  1. Pineapple: Classic pineapple upside-down cake is a beloved favorite.
  2. Apples: Use thinly sliced apples for a delightful twist on the traditional. Try more apple recipes for Fall.
  3. Pears: Sweet and juicy pears create an elegant dessert.
  4. Peaches: Perfect for a summery upside-down treat.
  5. Cherries: Create a vibrant and tangy dessert with fresh or canned cherries.
  6. Plums: Their tartness adds a unique flavor to your dessert.
  7. Mangoes: Tropical and juicy, mangoes make for an exotic choice.
  8. Bananas: Combine with caramel for a banana foster-inspired dessert.
  9. Berries: Blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries add a burst of color and flavor.
  10. Apricots: Their natural sweetness enhances the dessert’s taste.
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Upside-Down Apple Pie with Cinnamon
This is a quick upside-down apple pie recipe , made with rye flour and lots of cinnamon! It has an amazing taste and it is the perfect, easy dessert for Fall! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, European
Servings 6
Calories 288 kcal


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 apples cored, peeled, sliced
  • 200 g rye flour
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp baking soda mix it with the lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice mix it with the baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp rum extract
  • 2-3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 rbsp water


  • Separate egg yolks from the whites. Whip egg whites until they have a foamy texture.
  • In a separate bowl, add water and mix it with sugar until it is dissolved. Pour this over the beaten egg whites.
  • Add the other ingredients except apples and blend well together using a hand mixer.
  • Put some parchment paper on your cake/pie form. Place the sliced apples on the bottom and pour over the pie mixture.
  • Place in oven at 356˚F (180C) for about 50 minutes.
  • Let it cool for a little while, turn it upside down and serve!


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 288kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 220mgPotassium: 248mgFiber: 6gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apples, cake, pie, upside-down cakes
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 18th of July 2018

This recipe is so simple and yummy! It has the perfect apple flavor.

Your cat is adorable btw! <3

Ruxandra Micu

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Thank you! Glad you liked the recipe! :)


Friday 30th of December 2011

Thank you Mimy!


Thursday 29th of December 2011

nice idea, thanks for sharing