Recipe Scene: Upside Down Toffee Apple Cake

This is another Bill Granger recipe from his book Sydney Food. When pressed for time I’ve made this with tinned pears – the result is great,a nd you just save a bit fo time not hainvg ot peel, cut and cook the fruit. The recipe uses apples but any fruit can be used – apricots, plums, pears, whatever!




100 grams butter

4 large apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices

240 grams/ 1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence



100 grams butter

240 grams / 1 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

200 grams / 11/4 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon



  1. Heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grease and line an 23 cm cake tin.
  1. To make the toffee heat the butter in a large frying pan. When it’s melted add the apples and cook gently for 3-5 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla and cook for a few more minutes.
  1. Remove the apples from the mixture and arrange in the base of the cake tin. Increase the heat under the frypan and boil the remaining liquid for about 5 more minutes or until it turns a caramel colour. Pour this immediately over the apples. Don’t wait too long to do this, as the toffee sets quite quickly. If this happens just reheat the toffee gently until it becomes liquid again, but be careful not to over cook it.
  1. To make the cake cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until they are light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and gently fold in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
  1. Spoon the cake batter evenly over the apple/toffee and place in the oven for about 40 minutes or until the cake is cooked.
  1. Leave the cake in the tin for about 10 minutes then turn out onto a plate, apple-side up. Serve warm or cold with cream or ice cream.

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Kate works in local government as an occupational therapist but her heart is in the kitchen. When she’s not looking through cookbooks Kate gardens, reads, sees films, listens to music and catches up with mates. She loves cooking mainly because it gives her an excuse to eat.