Grandma’s Maple-Apple Upside-Down Cake

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4-6 portions
Metric Imperial


  • 3 green apples, Cortland, Empire, or Lobo
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (preferably dark syrup for its robust flavour)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup maple sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 190° C (375° F).
  2. Peel the apples.
  3. Thinly slice apples and place criss-crossed in a 20 cm (8 in) round or square baking pan. Set aside.
  4. In a saucepan, boil the maple syrup with 60 ml (1/4 cup) butter for 5 minutes. Pour over the apples.
  5. In a bowl, whip the other 60 ml (1/4 cup) of the butter with the maple sugar. Whisk in the egg. Add the milk, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  6. Cover the apples with this dough.
  7. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool 5 minutes and turn out onto a plate.

Serve with a sauce anglaise or a little vanilla ice cream.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

Recipes by Nancy Samson

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More about Maple

Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.