Apple Marzipan Upside Down Cake

Whisked Away
by Whisked Away
1 cake
50 min

Apple Marzipan Upside Down Cake. I am all about winter baking and I love creating new recipes that give a new spin to old classics. If you didn’t think Apple Upside Down Cake could get any better, just add marzipan. Marzipan is one of those ingredients that takes your recipe to the next level. You can either make it or buy it. I have done both but for this one I bought it at World Market. Other specialty grocery stores carry it as well or you can always order it from Amazon. Anyway, the intense almond flavor pairs incredibly well with the tartness of the apple and the richness of the brown sugar and butter. You can serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, but I love mine without the fuss.

Apple Marzipan Upside Down Cake
Recipe details
  • 1  cake
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 35 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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For the topping
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Gala or Fuji apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 ½ ounces marzipan, cut into ½-inch pieces and pinched flat
For the cake
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
For the topping
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9” round cake pan with parchment paper.In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar.
Spread evenly into the cake pan on top of the parchment. Place the apples over the topping, shingling in two concentric circles. Dot the apples with the marzipan pieces.
For the cake
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
Add the flour mixture and milk alternately, stopping when the last bit of flour has just disappeared. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and transfer cake batter to the pan.
Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs still attached. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the cake and invert onto a cake plate. Serve warm.
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  • Antonia J. Hoh Antonia J. Hoh on Jan 12, 2022

    This looks delish! Can I substitute cherries for the apples? Thank you

    • Whisked Away Whisked Away on Jan 12, 2022

      I have never tried it so I can't give you an answer based on experience, but I would say go for it! What's the worst that can happen?

  • Donna Legault Donna Legault on Jan 12, 2022

    I make a similar recipe but the marzipan is in the cake batter - it also has a maple caramel sauce that is served warm drizzled over the top !