Apple Upside-Down Cake for Rosh Hashanah

Apple Upside-Down Cake for Rosh Hashanah

The Apple Upside-Down Cake for Rosh Hashanah is bought to make your New Year sweet. The Jewish new year always holds so much promise and every dessert has honey in it. The traditional foods for this holiday are honey cake and teiglach. Check out my twist on these classic recipes with my Honey Cake Ice Cream and Honey Cake Mini-Muffins.

My Apple Upside-Down Cake is my newest creation in my effort for easy and delicious Rosh Hashanah desserts. This is a Jewish New Year twist on a classic Pineapple Upside-Down cake. I’ve added some honey in addition to the traditional brown sugar and of course use apples for the classic combination of apples & honey. I use a cake mix in this recipes to keep things simpler. The butter sugar that soaks into the cake, makes it taste better than any box cake ever has.

This recipe is great for entertaining because of the beautiful presentation, but also easy enough to make just for your family.

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Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside-Down Cake for Rosh Hashanah

  • Author: Everyday Jewish Mom
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 layer 8-inch cake 1x
  • Category: Rosh Hashanah
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Jewish


A classic upside-down cake with a Rosh Hashanah twist. This recipe uses a boxed cake and of course apples and honey for the holiday.


  • 1 large apple or 2 smaller apples
  • 2 Tbs butter (or butter substitute)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. honey
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • Ingredients to make cake mix based on box instructions (probably 1/3 cup veg. oil and 3 eggs)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Peel and slice the apple into thin slices. 
  3. Place the butter into your pan and place pan into the oven, just long enough to melt the butter.
  4. Once butter is melted, add brown sugar and honey into the pan and stir.
  5. Place sliced apples into the bottom of the pan.  Make sure to push them into the sugar mixture.
  6. Make cake mix according to instructions.
  7. Pour half the cake mix into the 8 inch round pan.
  8. Bake according to box instructions.
  9. When it is done, immediately place your serving dish upside down over pan then flip it over.  Leave pan over cake a few minutes, so the sweet stuff can drizzle over cake, then remove pan. 


This recipe is for one 8-inch round pan.  Since you’re only using half of the cake mix, you can absolutely double the rest of the recipe for a 9×13 pan size with no problem.

Keywords: Rosh Hashanah, Apple Cake

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