Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake Gluten-free and Dairy Free

Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake Gluten-free and Dairy Free

An AWARD WINNING Recipe - A Sticky Apple Upside Down Cake featured on Food Network 

A decadent Gluten-Free pudding like Apple cake that has a caramel nut bottom. This goes spectacularly with a scoop of vanilla icecream!

Prep Time 15 mins


Cook Time 1 hr


Total Time 1 hr 15 mins



  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Flavor Trader Joe's brand is alcohol free
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon mixed with a pinch of ground clove and nutmeg


  • 1/4 cup Chopped nuts walnuts, pecans, or slivered almonds

Cake Batter

  • 1 3/4 cup Apple Flour Hearthy Foods Brand
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon nutmeg mixture
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Milk of choice I used Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. For the apples, cut them either into thin wedges or in thin slices vertically. This is totally up to you. I cut mine into vertical thin slices. These will be used to line the bottom of the baking pan.
  2. For the caramel sauce, add all the components to a small pot. Mix and melt the ingredients together. Stir for 2-4 minutes until slightly thickened. Once the caramel starts to bubble and thicken then it is ready to be transferred to the baking pan.
  3. For this recipe, you will need either an 8 or 9-inch baking pan and preferably springform, but any will do. Grease the pan with butter or cooking spray.
  4. To the bottom of the pan, add a layer of aluminum foil in case of leakage from the caramel.
  5. Pour the caramel onto the baking pan making sure to spread it throughout the entire surface.
  6. Layer the apple slices on top of the caramel next to one another. Then, add the crushed nuts in between the apple slices on top of the caramel.
  7. Sprinkle this with more of that cinnamon nutmeg mixture.

Cake Batter

  1. First, cream together the sugars and butter with the paddle attachment or a rubber spatula.
  2. Then, add the vanilla and eggs and mix together.
  3. Then, add the milk and mix.
  4. Next, Hearthy Foods Apple Flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix together.
  5. Spread the batter on top of the apples and caramel until even throughout.

6.I recommend placing the baking pan on top of a bigger baking pan so it is easier to maneuver and as an extra precaution.

  1. Bake the cake in a 350 F oven for roughly 1 hour.
  2. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing out of the pan and flipping onto a plate.
  3. Enjoy as is or with a scoop of vanilla icecream!


This can be made the morning of and stored room temperature.

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