apple upside down cake (eggless, vegan & dairy free)

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This Eggless apple upside down cake is light, soft and taste good. It is one of those eggless cake recipes that I have developed on my own.

eggless apple upside down cake

While developing recipes, especially baking ones, sometimes they are a success and sometimes they are failures. more so when one has to make a cake or bread or muffins which does not use eggs nor dairy products.

Generally when making the batter, I come to know if the cake will be a hit or miss. When I have that feeling that the cake is going to be a flop… Bingo.. The cake does become a flop when baked.

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So when making this apple upside down cake, I knew it would not be a disaster recipe. What I did not know was that it will be a hit at home. The cake was so much liked, that I have got apples again to make this cake for easter.

In spite of not using eggs, the cake is light, soft and has a good crumb. Almost like cakes baked with eggs.

The secret to this light & soft texture in the cake is due to the addition of lemon juice and water. This cake is made up of ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen and you don’t have to buy anything special to make this cake. If you are thinking of making apple based recipes then there are few more options for you:

  1. Apple cake
  2. Apple pie
  3. Apple muffins

apple upside down cake recipe

Since jaggery is easily available in India, I have added organic powdered jaggery to the cake batter. In the absence of jaggery the cake can also be sweetened with sugar or powdered sugar.

If you don’t have apples, then make the same cake with pears or pineapple and it would still be delicious. You can also use tinned pineapple slices. I have also posted the recipe for Pineapple upside down cake.

How to make apple upside down cake

1: Grease a 7 to 7.5 inches round cake pan or tin. You can even line the pan with butter paper or parchment paper. Rinse, peel, core and slice 2 medium sized. Do not make thin slices. layer the apple slices. You can have a single layer or double layer. Double is better. Also preheat your oven at 180 degrees celsius or 356 degrees fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

pan for eggless apple cake recipe

2: I doubled up the layer & added sprinkle cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, demerara sugar & some drops of lemon juice on the apple slices.

making eggless apple cake recipe

3: In a bowl, first take all the dry ingredients – whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, powdered jaggery, vanilla powder and cinnamon powder. Mix them well with a wired whisk. If using vanilla essence or extract then add it when adding lemon juice.

ingredients for apple upside down cake recipe

4: Add water, oil and mix well to form a batter without lumps. Do not overdo the mixing.

water for apple upside down cake recipe

5: Add lemon juice and mix well again. You can see the tiny bubbles on the batter after adding lemon juice.

making apple upside down cake recipe

6: Pour the cake batter in the pan layered with apples. Shake the sides of the pan, so that the air bubbles are released.

batter for apple upside down cake recipe

7: Bake in a pre heated oven for 45 to 55 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit or for some more time if required. Do keep a check as oven temperatures vary. It may take less or more time in your oven.

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8: When the cake was hot, I removed it from the pan and some apple slices got stuck at the pan. I was impatient. Just let the cake become warm and then unmould it carefully from the pan. You can even line the cake with parchment or butter paper so that its easy to unmould the cake without the apple slices sticking at the bottom of the pan.

Slice and Serve the apple upside down cake as an after meal dessert or with tea or coffee.

apple upside down cake
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eggless apple upside down cake recipe

Apple Upside Down Cake

Easy to make Apple Upside Down Cake. Eggless, vegan and dairy-free recipe.
4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Cuisine World
Course Desserts
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 1 medium size round cake


apple layer

  • 2 medium size apples - rinsed, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon organic demerara sugar or brown sugar or powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • few drops of lemon juice

cake batter - dry ingredients

  • 1 cup organic whole wheat flour (atta)
  • ½ cup organic all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup organic powdered jaggery or organic unrefined cane sugar or powdered sugar - adjust as per your sweet requirements
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder

cake batter - wet ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil or any neutral tasting vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground vanilla powder or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract



  • Grease or line a 7 to 7.5 inches round cake pan or tin. You can even line the pan with parchment or butter paper. 
  • Preheat the oven now at 180 degrees C or 356 degrees F for 15 minutes. 
  • Rinse, peel, core and slice the apples.

lining cake pan with apples

  • Layer the apple slices neatly on the base of the cake pan/tin in single or double layer.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder on the apple layer. Also sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice, so that the apples do not discolor. Sprinkling lemon juice is an optional step. 
  • Keep this cake pan/tin aside.

making cake batter

  • In a bowl, take all the dry ingredients - whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, powdered jaggery, vanilla powder and cinnamon powder. Mix them well with a wired whisk. If using vanilla essence or extract then add it when adding lemon juice.
  • Add the water and oil, stir and mix to get a lump-free batter. Do not overmix.
  • Now add the lemon juice and stir well again.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared cake pan/tin layered with the apple slices.

making apple upside down cake

  • Bake at 180 degrees C or 356 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • When cooled to room temperature, unmould the cake. Serve the eggless Apple Upside Down Cake with tea or coffee or as an after meal dessert.


Organic powdered jaggery does not have any impurities and is good while preparing cakes, muffins or even Indian sweets.

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      1. Thank you so much for replying.. I tried banana cake and it came very well.. today I tried coconut milk rice.. it tastes very yummy.. planning to try flattened beans poriyal tomorrow.. keep posting new videos

  1. Hi! Just made this yesterday and it turned out very well. Made a small variation- used 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 1/2 cup of wheat flour and 1/2 cup of maida . Wanted to try reducing the gluten content. Inspite of the change, it ws soft, moist and very tasty.
    Thanks once again fr the great recipe.

    1. thanks devi for sharing the variations you made to the apple cake. it will help readers too. i am glad that the recipe worked well with the changes.
      welcome and happy baking.

    1. you can only bake the cake in the convection mode of the microwave oven. so the time taken will vary by 25 to 35 minutes. i cannot give the exact time as each oven is different. but the recipe may not work in the microwave mode.

  2. Hi! How can we make the recipe in a non vegan way? Cause I want to use milk instead of oil.

    1. for a non vegan recipe, i will have to test it. but instead of water you can use milk. oil will be needed in the recipe.

  3. I’ve tried and loved many recipes from your site. This was the first one that was disappointing. I’m a pretty seasoned baker but I generally don’t make that many eggless recipes, so I was excited to try this out. Unfortunately, the taste of the atta is overwhelming and the whole thing tastes a little too much like a jaggery pancake rather than a typical cake.4 stars

    1. ramya, when making eggless cakes and that too with atta, a few things have to be paid attention too. firstly do not over do the mixing or folding part. secondly the quality of atta makes some difference. some atta flours absorb more liquids and some do not. it also depends on whether they are chakki ground or machine ground and how finely or coarsely the wheat grains are ground. if there is more fibre ratio in the atta, it will absorb more liquids. if the batter has been mixed too much, then the batter will start resembling and becoming like chapati dough, which results in the formation of gluten strands in the dough. thus when baking the cake does not rise and becomes like a lumpy doughy mass of cooked atta.

      also some whole wheat flour have a strong nutty flavor and that also comes through while baking. but if you add flavorings and spices, it does mask the aroma of atta. so when making cakes with whole wheat flour, do remember these suggestions and i hope they are helpful to you.

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