Apple Upside Down Cake

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The Apple Upside Down Cake is another version to its popular counterpart, the tropical flavored Pineapple Upside Down Cake. But trust me this upside down cake made with apples, which is also eggless and vegan, is simply delish too. The eggless Apple Upside Down Cake recipe is easy to make and going to be your go-to tea-time snack or after-meal dessert the moment you try it. So, give it a try today!

eggless apple upside down cake

About Apple Upside Down Cake

Despite of the patience that baking and creating patisserie dishes involve, I have always considered it as a therapeutic activity.

The satisfaction that I get after baking a perfect cake, pie, muffin, bread or any such dish is unmatched! More when it is liked by all, as it adds to the confidence and really makes my soul happy from within.

This eggless Apple Upside Down Cake recipe is one of those that has been developed by me. It not only tastes good, but is a complete stunner in its looks as well.

Yes, I agree that it took me some trials to overcome my impatience to get this cake right. I’ve had my share of baking blunders too. But in the end the efforts paid off, and how!

apple upside down cake served with tea

Why This Recipe Works

Baking without the use of eggs or non-dairy products can be a challenge for the biggest of professional chefs. I’m glad that I have finally cracked it (not the egg, but the recipe!) for keeps.

This eggless Apple Upside Down Cake has been a hit for my family too, from the word go. The cake has a good crumb and is light and soft sans eggs The secret to this texture in the cake is the addition of lemon juice and water.

In addition, this Apple Upside Down Cake is made of ingredients that are easily available in the kitchen and you don’t have to have sleepless nights in sourcing anything special to prepare it.

Since jaggery is also easily available in India, I have added organic powdered jaggery in the cake batter. In case you don’t have it, the cake batter can be sweetened with regular sugar or powdered sugar too.

Besides this gorgeous Apple Upside Down Cake, if you are a true-blue apple fan, here are some more recipes that you must try – Apple Cake, Apple Pie and Apple Muffins.

Wondering what is Jaggery? It is unrefined sugar made from sugarcane juice and is locally made in many Indian states. But you can easily get it from Indian grocery stores or online if you live outside India.

In case you cannot source jaggery, look out for the Latin American panela or Mexican piloncillo. You could also easily swap jaggery with brown sugar or muscovado sugar.

apple upside down cake served on a plate, with tea
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Apple Upside Down Cake

Preparation

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 apples. Do not make thin slices. Layer the apple slices in the tin.

You can have a single layer or double layer. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C/356 degrees F for 15 minutes.

layering cake tin with apple slices

2. I doubled the apple layer and sprinkled ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder, 2 to 3 tablespoons demerara sugar and few drops of lemon juice on the apple slices.

Instead of demerara sugar, you can easily use brown sugar or raw sugar.

sprinkling cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, demerara sugar and lemon juice on apple slices

Make Apple Upside Down Cake

3. In a mixing bowl take the following listed dry ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup powdered jaggery (or ¾ cup brown sugar or ¾ cup raw sugar or ½ cup confectioner’s sugar or powdered sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon ground vanilla powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder

Mix them well with a wired whisk.

If using vanilla essence or extract, then add it when adding lemon juice in step 5.

mixing whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, powdered jaggery, vanilla powder and cinnamon powder in a bowl

4. Add 1 cup water and ¼ cup oil, mix well to form a batter without lumps. Do not over mix.

mixing water and oil to dry ingredients in bowl

5. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and mix well again. You can see tiny bubbles on the batter after adding lemon juice.

mixing lemon juice in cake batter in bowl

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

pouring cake batter in the prepared pan layered with apples

7. Put the cake pan/tin in the preheated oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes at 180 degrees C/356 degrees F 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.

baking apple upside down cake in preheated oven

8. Make sure to remove the cake carefully when its cooled down to room temperature. I removed it while it was still hot. Hence, the apple slices got stuck at the bottom of the cake pan.

Lining the cake pan/tin with parchment or butter paper is always advisable as it helps to easily remove the cake without the apple slices sticking at the bottom.

Slice or cut the Apple Upside Down Cake into wedges and serve as an after meal dessert or with tea or coffee.

apple upside down cake served on a plate with tea

Why is it called an Upside Down Cake

It is not rocket science to guess why a cake must be called an ‘upside down’ one? You pour your usual cake batter over some fruits sprinkled with sugar and spices, bake it and then flip it over while unmolding it. By doing so you get a cake, whose bottom becomes the top and hence an ‘upside down.’

Other than the traditional choice of using pineapple for such a cake, fruits like apples, pears, cherries, plums and peaches are also used to make lovely upside down cakes. This Apple Upside Down Cake recipe is going to help you bake one such amazing cake.

Other region specific upside down cake variants include the Tarte Tatin from the French cuisine and Bolo de Ananas a.k.a Bolo de Abacaxi from the Portuguese cuisine.

Expert Tips

  1. The time taken to bake the cake will vary from oven to oven. It may take less or more time in your oven. So, you will have to keep a check.
  2. It is always better to line your cake pan/tin with a parchment or butter paper. This helps in easily remove the cake without letting the apple slices stick to the bottom of the cake pan/tin. Also, keep in mind to cool the cake to room temperature before removing it from the pan.
  3. Some whole wheat flours have a strong nutty flavor which comes through while baking. Adding flavorings and spices will help mask this typical taste/flavor.
  4. After sprinkling cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder on the apple layer in the pan, you can also drizzle some lemon juice on them. This avoids discoloration of the apple slices.
  5. Make sure to not over-mix the cake batter as this might result in a dense, chewy, weak cake. Since this recipe uses whole wheat flour too, over-mixing can result in a doughy batter with formation of gluten strands in it. This will hamper the rising of the cake while baking and result in a lumpy doughy mass of cooked atta.
  6. The sweetness in the cake batter can be adjusted as per your preferences. You can also use unrefined cane sugar or powdered sugar instead of powdered jaggery.
  7. You can use garam masala powder and cardamom powder instead of cinnamon powder or nutmeg powder. While using garam masala powder, make sure that you add just ¼ teaspoon as adding more may overpower the flavors.
  8. You can use vanilla essence or extract instead of ground vanilla powder.

FAQs

Can I bake this cake in a microwave?

Yes, only if you have a convection mode in your microwave, otherwise not. However, the time will vary because each microwave is different.

Can I use green apples to make this recipe?

Not sure, as green apples taste tart. The quantity of jaggery and sugar has to be adjusted accordingly then.

Can I make this recipe with only all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can. In this case, add ¾ cup water instead of 1 cup water.

Can I use the same recipe to make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

Yes, you can. No additions or deletions required.

What can I substitute lemon juice with in this recipe?

If you don’t have lemon juice, you can use vinegar in the same amount for this recipe.

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eggless apple upside down cake recipe

Apple Upside Down Cake

Easy Apple Upside Down Cake recipe made with fresh sweet apples, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, jaggery, oil, lemon juice, ground spices and leavening ingredients. The recipe is also eggless and vegan.
4.70 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Cuisine World
Course Desserts
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 8 slices
Units

Ingredients

For apple layer

  • 2 apples medium-sized, rinsed, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons demerara sugar or brown sugar or raw sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (ground cinnamon)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder (ground nutmeg)
  • few drops lemon juice

For cake batter – dry ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup jaggery powder – preferably organic, or brown sugar or raw sugar – adjust as per your sweet requirements
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (ground cinnamon)

For cake batter – wet ingredients

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

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Grease or line a 7 to 7.5 inches round cake pan or tin. You can even line the pan with parchment paper. 
  • Preheat the oven now at 180 degrees C/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 apple upside down cake

  • 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 over-mix.
  • Now add the lemon juice and mix well again.
  • Pour the batter all over on an even layer over the apple slices in the prepared cake pan/tin.
  • Bake at 180 degrees C/356 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • When cooled to room temperature, remove the cake gently. Serve the Eggless Apple Upside Down Cake with tea or coffee or as an after meal dessert.

Notes

  • Instead of jaggery, add ¾ cup powdered jaggery (or ¾ cup brown sugar or ¾ cup raw sugar or ½ cup confectioner’s sugar or powdered sugar.
  • The cake can be made entirely with all-purpose flour. In this case, add ¾ cup water instead of 1 cup water.
  • Organic powdered jaggery does not have any impurities and is good while preparing cakes, muffins or even Indian sweets.
  • Keep in mind that the time taken to bake the cake varies from oven to oven. It can take more or less time in your oven. So, keep a check.
  • I suggest to line your cake pan/tin with a parchment paper as this helps to easily remove the cake without letting the apple slices stick to the bottom of the cake pan/tin.
  • Some whole wheat flours may have a strong nutty flavor which comes through while baking. Adding a few more flavorings and ground spices will help mask this typical taste and flavor.
  • Ensure not to over-mix the cake batter as this might result in a dense and doughy texture after baking. Since this recipe uses whole wheat flour, over-mixing can result in the formation of gluten strands in the batter.
  • The sweetness in the cake batter can be adjusted as per your preferences. You can also use raw sugar or confectioner’s sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery powder.
  • Note that the approximate nutrition info is for 1 slice of the cake.

Nutrition Info (Approximate Values)

Nutrition Facts
Apple Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 256 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 26IU1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.1mg7%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.1mg6%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 23µg6%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 25mg6%
Phosphorus 85mg9%
Zinc 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Apple Upside Down Cake recipe from the blog archives, first published in March 2013 has been republished and updated on December 2022.

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