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Ricotta Upside Down Apple Rum Cake

Rich ricotta and spiced rum in the cake batter and a caramel apple upside down topping make for an incredible cake duo in this stunning apple rum cake!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 384kcal


Upside Down Apple Layer

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 medium Gala apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced into wedges

Ricotta Rum Cake

  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons spiced rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Additional rum for brushing on top
  • Powdered sugar for garnishing


Upside Down Apple Layer

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk sugar, melted butter, spiced rum, and spices until smooth. Pour into the bottom of prepared pan and arrange sliced apples on top, overlapping and fanning apples to make them fit.

Ricotta Rum Cake

  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, ricotta cheese, spiced rum, vanilla extract, and melted butter until smooth. In a separate small bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and spices until combined. Gradually fold flour mixture into liquid until batter is just combined.
  • Scrape batter into prepared pan over apple layer and smooth top. Bake cake at 350F 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack 30 minutes. Run a knife around edges and then invert cake onto a serving plate. Brush top with additional spiced rum and let cool. Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar and slice into wedges. Enjoy!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 45.5g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 18.4g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 30.4g | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1mg