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healthy apple upside down cake

Apple Upside Down Cake

  • Author: Regan at This Baking Life
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


Made with self-rising flour and half the sugar of the traditional cake, this Apple Upside Down Cake is a quick, easy and healthier way to enjoy a sweet treat!


  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar Swerve
  • 1 medium apple, thinly sliced (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work well here)
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) self-rising flour
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Swerve, granulated
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter in an 8- or 9-inch cake pan, springform pan or cast iron skillet; sprinkle evenly with brown Swerve. Arrange apple slices in an even layer in a circular pattern, as desired, over brown Swerve in bottom of the pan.
  3. Whisk together self-rising flour, white sugar and granulated Swerve in a large bowl.
  4. Add oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla to dry ingredients; stir to combine.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, spread cake batter over apple layer in prepared cake pan; bake in preheated oven on middle rack until a wooden pick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Let cake cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Carefully invert onto serving plate. Serve warm.


I recommend storing any leftover “less sugar desserts” in the ‘fridge. Sugar acts as a preservative. By using less of it in a recipe, the shelf life of these recipes is reduced when left at room temp. 

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 265
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 375 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g

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