Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots

Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots is a tasty treat for the fall season. Enjoy it warm with ice cream or serve it for Halloween.
Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots
Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots

Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots

Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots is a candied apple in cake form. It’s great while it’s still warm. Although it might look complicated, it’s actually a very simple cake to make.

I made some applesauce in my Instant Pot and decided to make a cake with the leftovers. As I was thinking about making it, I was reminded of candied apples. As a child, I loved getting a candied apple at Halloween. I liked caramel apples, too, but not as much as the red candied apples.

Ingredients for Applesauce Upside Down Cake

Red Hots, if you have never heard of them, are a type of hard candy made by the Ferrara Candy Company. It has a hard red outer shell and a slightly chewier inside. They are called Red Hots because of their spicy cinnamon taste. After the spicy flavor, the candy produces a sweet flavor. If you can’t find Red Hots, you can use little cinnamon candies instead.

I recommend making your own applesauce instead of buying it at the supermarket. When you make it at home, you know what’s going into it. You can follow my recipe for apple cranberry sauce to make your own applesauce in the Instant Pot.

Since cinnamon is a primary flavor, in this case, I highly recommend using the best cinnamon you can find.  There are different grades of cinnamon, and Vietnamese cinnamon from Penzey’s is my favorite. Vietnamese cinnamon is the strongest, richest, and sweetest cinnamon around. If you cannot find Vietnamese or Cylon cinnamon, be sure to get a new jar so it will have the freshest flavor.

Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots

Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots

Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots is a tasty treat for the fall season. Enjoy it warm with ice cream or serve it for Halloween.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cooling: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2021-09-30
Servings (slide to adjust): 8
Calories: 492kcal

Ingredients

~~ -- For the Upside Down -- ~~

  • 1 Apple, cored
  • ¼ cup Butter, melted
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Cinnamon candies, Red Hots recommended

~~ -- For thje Cake -- ~~

  • 1 ¾ cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Mace
  • ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Butter, 1 stick
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 cup Applesauce, unsweetened

~~ -- Add-ins -- ~~

  • ¼ cup Raisins
  • ¼ cup Pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup Cinnamon candies, Red Hots recommended
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.

Instructions

  • Mise en place.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F / 176° C.
  • 1/4 cup Butter
    First brush the melted butter on all sides of the pan. Be generous!
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar, 1/4 cup Cinnamon candies
    Sprinkle the brown sugar on the butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon candies over the brown sugar as evenly as possible.
  • 1 Apple
    Core the apple and cut it into eight pieces. Put one slice of apple in each of the large indentations of the pan. Set the pan aside while you make the batter.
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour, 1 teaspoon Baking soda, 2 teaspoon Cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon Mace, 1/2 teaspoon Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
    Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, mace and salt together. Set that aside,.
  • 1/2 cup Butter
    In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until it is fluffy.
  • 1 cup Sugar
    Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and very pale.
  • 1 large Egg
    Add the egg and beat until the mixture is light yellow.
  • 1 cup Applesauce
    With the mixer running on stir, add a third of the flour followed by a third of the applesauce. Mix just until combined, then add another third flour, third applesuace, mix, and the last flour and applesauce. Mix until it is smooth and completely combined.
  • 1/4 cup Raisins, 1/4 cup Pecans, 1/4 cup Cinnamon candies
    Stir in the raisins, pecans and cinnamon candies so they are well distributed in the batter.
  • Spoon the batter over the apples in the bundt pan as evenly as possible. Whack the pan on the counter once or twice to remove bubbles.
  • Put the cake in the preheated 350°F / 176° C oven and bake for 40 minutes. Take a look and if it has not browned nicely, add another 10 minutes. Test it with a toothpick which should come out clean.
  • Put the cake on a rack to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes. Do not remove it from the pan.
  • After about 10 to 15 minutes, put a plate on the pan and carefully turn it over. Let it sit undisturbed for another 10 minutes. The cake should release during that time.
  • Remove the pan. You may sprnkle powered sugar over it if you wish.
  • It's ready to eat in about a half an hour while it's still warm. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots
Amount Per Serving (151 g)
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 508mg22%
Potassium 180mg5%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!
Tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

10 Responses to Applesauce Upside Down Cake with Red Hots

  1. Andrea Nulty says:

    2 stars
    I don’t understand. This cake stuck all over the place. I wanted to make it for my book club, but it stuck so I couldn’t serve it. I wound up spooning it out and putting it in bowls. I put some caramel sauce on it. It was tasty, but I don’t know how I’m ever going to get my cake pan clean. I think it’s ruined.

    • arbpen says:

      5 stars
      Greetings Andrea. The best thing to do with cakes that might stick like this one is to use Baker’s Joy. Spray it on generously. Also, be sure that your oven is preheated to the correct temperature. Only let it rest long enough for you to touch the pan with a pot holder so you can turn it over. If you let it stay in the pan too long, the candy will harden. That’s probably what happened with yours. I’m glad you thought it was tasty though. If you have any questions, feel free you contact me.

  2. Robert Crync says:

    5 stars
    Hello,

    Just wanted to say this was really good. My wife made it and our kids loved it. Thanks!

    Best regards, Robert

  3. Jerri Vog says:

    5 stars
    This was just lovely warmed up in my air fryer the next day with some vanilla ice cream. I’ll be making this again.

  4. Caroline Gott says:

    5 stars
    I made this for my kids for Halloween. I didn’t feel that it was safe for them to go out trick or treating, but I wanted them to have something fun for the day. We really liked this. Thanks!

  5. Gertrude says:

    5 stars
    This looks fantastic. I’m making this!

  6. Steven Daw says:

    5 stars
    So, I couldn’t find red hots, but it was still very good. My kids liked it a lot.

  7. Allison H says:

    2 stars
    It stuck in the pan. What did I do wrong? We took spoons and ate it out of the pan. It was tasty, but it was a mess.

  8. Hanna says:

    5 stars
    Everything looks fabulous!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating