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.

    1. i guess so. cannot say hundred percent as i have never used them for baking. but for homemade chocolates, they are easy to unmould.

  4. Hi Dasanna,
    This looks like a great recipe. I have a few questions. Can I use all purpose flour only for this recipe? Also would it be okay if I skip nutmeg powder as I cant find it where I stay.

    Thanks in advance


    1. yes you can use all purpose flour. you can even skip nutmeg powder. add 3/4 cup water instead of 1 cup water for all purpose flour.

  5. hi, can we bake the same cake with fresh Strawberries in it? Can we use all wheat flour and use powdered sugar instead of jaggery?

    1. i had tried the same recipe with fresh strawberries once, but the cake became too moist. so would not suggest fresh strawberries. powdered sugar can be added instead of jaggery.

  6. Hi, can we use the same ingredients for pineapple upside down cake or some additions or deletions should be made can you please suggest.

    1. you can use the same recipe for pineapple upside down cake. no additions or deletions required.

  7. Hi there! I’m trying to make this cake in an OTG. Have only used convection microwave before so dunno how to operate the OTG here.. Do I have to work with both the coils switched on at the same time? Or just one coil at a time..
    Please help!

    1. both the heating elements should be on for even baking. keep the cake pan in the center rack.

      1. Ok! Thank you so much 🙂 I shall be baking it today and will let you know how it turns out!

  8. I made this today,(was my first upside down cake ;)) and turned out just awesome.I melted my powdered jaggery in water and then added into batter. lined with greased parchment paper and could unmould easily. Thanks a ton for this super awesome recipe. Also tried whole wheat banana bread recipe few days ago. It was also really very good.

    Lotsa love <35 stars

    1. thanks for this feedback chaitra. melting powdered jaggery in water is a good way. thanks again.

  9. I have just made the cake and wanted to suggest you add in the amount of cinnamon for the cakebatter as it is not mentioned in the ingredients but in the instructions.
    Can not wait to taste it!!
    Thank you =)

  10. Hi. I’m trying this recipe for some of my vegan friends. I wanted to suggest that you include the size of the cake pan and when to add the vanilla and salt, since they aren’t mentioned in the procedures. It’s in the oven now, so I’ll rate it when I taste it! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. thanks carolyn for the feedback. i have updated the the size of the cake pan as well as the vanilla and salt bit. hope the cake turned out well.

  11. Hi,
    Is lime juice necessary for the recipe? I want to bake this immediately, but don’t have lime at home.. 🙁

  12. Apple upside downcake is awesome! Next in queue to try. I am a big fan of your recipes and keep trying them every now and then. This is the place I check whenever I need a new recipe! I need help from you today on baking in convection mode of microwave. I am trying endlessly to get a good spongy and crumby cake but I am not getting good results. I bake mostly eggless and creamless cakes (thanks to your recipes I got dairy free cake solutions) and also with Whole Wheat. While baking, cake rises nicely but while cooling down it sits back completely. Because of that the cake texture is dense. It’s soft and cooked but it’s dense and not “crumby” like a cake should be. I have tried reducing baking power/soda, decreasing flour and sugar quantity, using maida as well but no results. I get a better cake done in cooker than microwave oven. Can you please suggest me what should I do to get a really fluffy and spongy cake with the right texture?

    1. thanks keya. while baking in a convection oven, it is suggested to lower the temperature of the oven from 10 to 20 degrees. the heating is quick in a convection oven due to the fan. so if a recipe has 200 degrees celsius, then you bake at 190 or 180 degrees celsius. try this way and let me know.

      1. I had a convection oven that used to heat up too much. I used to half the temperature. Like if the recipe called for 180 degrees celsius, I used to set it at 90. Each oven is different (though I doubt if anyone has it as bad as mine).

        1. thats a big range of temperature difference, jyothsna. for mine i don’t even reduce the temperature. i just remove the baked good in less time. do get the oven checked, if possible.

  13. I just made this for the first time. My family just loved it and since there was no eggs in it it was perfect for my daughter. We topped it with vanilla ice cream and it was the best. Love the recipes.

  14. Hey Dassana,

    I am thinking to make this cake for a party today and do not want to gamble. I can not afford to mess up anything, hence was wondering if I can simply mix all ingredients (like apple cake recipe) and bake it instead of making an upside down cake. Please let me know. I do not have coconut jaggery but have organic jaggery, hence I want to make this recipe in stead of the apple cake one. Please respond.


    1. hi nidhi, yes you can add the apples and make the cake. but chop the apples. you can use organic jaggery. the cake will be moist from within due to the presence of apples. i suggest to coat the apples with some flour very well before you add the liquids.

  15. Hi dassana.. Lovely recipe. Please suggest another ingredient as a substitute for cinnamon powder .

    1. try with garam masala powder. not exactly a substitute but still gives a warm flavor. just add about 1/4 tsp. too much will become overpowering. you can skip nutmeg powder in this case. if you do not like garam masala, then just add nutmeg powder. another substitute is cardamom powder. this will give a completely different aroma and flavor.

  16. Can’t thank you enough for this awesome recipe. Most of the ingredients used in the cake are readily available and thats what I love about most of your recipes. No need to go to market to look for some exotic ingredients.

    1. thanks anjali. i always try to make recipes which have ingredients easily available. since i know some ingredients can be difficult to get and also expensive at times.

  17. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. Mine came out great but dint take as long as 55 mins. Mine was done in 25-30 mins. I also used the whole wheat flour which has some flax seeds in it. I was worried initially as i read about flax seed only after i added the batter to the pan but it came out good. Next time am thinking of adding some nuts as I always like the crunch. Anything i need to do differently for that? Thanks again.5 stars

    1. thanks smita for the feedback. flax seeds are healthy and a good replacement for eggs, but care has to be taken in their amount. too much changes the taste of the cake. while adding nuts, mix the nuts with some dry flour. then fold them in the batter. if you do this, then the nuts do not settle at the bottom.

  18. Hi,

    Just tried you’re recipe, came out fabulous. Everyone loved the texture and taste. It was light and delicious. It got over in a jiffy. Unfortunately can’t upload the picture 🙁
    Thank you !!

  19. can i make this cake in pressure cooker ? .. as I don’t have oven..i make all cakes in cooker only..

    1. hi ashu, i am not sure if you can make this cake in the pressure cooker. have never tried baking this cake in pressure cooker.

  20. The recipe looks very simple! I definitely want to try it today for a very dear friend who doesn’t eat eggs.
    Just a thought though ..can I use butter in place of oil?
    For some reason I keep thinking the oil will give it a taste i don’t like. (I tried making egg less chocolate cake with sunflower oil and didn’t quite like the taste 🙁 )

    1. yes saee, you can use butter instead of oil. i often add oil to cakes instead of butter and never get any particular taste of oil in them.

  21. Hi, just stumbled onto your website. I am a vegan and your recipes sound terrific! just a friendly suggestion, I think it would be helpful if you state the size of cake pans to use at the beginning where you state the temperature and length of baking time so you do not always have to post back. You are incredible, so tolerant and helpful! I have been baking and cooking practically all my life but just started vegan, gluten and dairy free baking for my family so I will for sure try some of your recipes! Thanks a bunch

    1. thanks carmen. i will take your suggestion into account and will use it for future recipes and will slowly incorporate it in old recipes as well. keep visiting.

  22. Hi, just baked the cake and I had replaced whole wheat flour with all purpose flour. The apple slices actually floated to the top of the cake, hence the appearance of the cake is not so nice 🙁 any idea how I can solve this issue? Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. i think the bottom of the cake did not bake well. you could have baked for some more minutes. the tooth pick has to come out clean when inserted in the cake. whenever i bake any cake or load, i keep both the top and bottom heating elements on. so that there is even baking.

  23. Hi.. Juz baked the apple upside down cake !!it’s turned out good but found a little undone near the apples !! U think I can bake it again ?
    Finished eating 2 big slices though !!!

  24. Hey dear..the cake turned out YUM family loved it…though my hubby felt a lil more jaggery or any other sweetner could b added…but for me it ROCKED!!! 😀 gonna share it on my visit..thnx!!

    1. thanks rads. will check your blog. i usually make cakes less sweeter. however the jaggery or sugar can be adjusted as per one’s taste.

  25. Hai..first time here..really simple recipe..definately gonna try it asap..awesome pics..
    Best Wishes

  26. I baked this cake with exactly same proportions and instructions but in convection mode in microwave, 55 mins on 180 degrees.
    It did not rise and was left uncooked at the bottom.
    When inverted the base of cake (apple layer) was stuck to the bottom.

    Please tell me what went wrong.

    1. hi prachie, since you mention the cake did not rise, then its either the baking powder or baking soda that has expired. this is the reason why the cake has taken so long to bake and still not cooked and got stuck at the bottom. when using baking powder or soda for any baking recipe always check their expiry date. sometimes even after 3 months, they loose their power.

      i have had also issues where the baking powder was within the expiry date, but had lost all its power and the cake which i had made with it was tough and dense. you can check this link on how to find out if the baking powder or soda is active –

  27. Thank u for the quickest reply ever….really appreciate it…
    U forgot the pineapple chunks though…i want to add it to d batter n not make it upside down….do i need to adjust baking time or if the batter becomes to runny for the chunks…
    Thanks again..

  28. Hi

    I m so glad i came across this recipe…i want to bake a pineapple cake for someone special..n since u have mentioned i can use pineapple too, could u pla tell how to use chunks of pineapple in d batter ..n if i can replace oil with butter….n do i have to make any further changes if using pineapple…?

    1. use very ripe pineapple or use tinned pineapple. the same ingredients you would add in the pineapple can add butter instead of oil. use the butter at room temperature and not frozen butter. if the pineapple is not sweet enough, then just cook the slices in a sugar solution.

  29. Hi, can u please tell me the size of the tin and also how can I use the regular jaggery available in India.

    1. shubha, for jaggery you have to first chop it or grate it or powder it. then you dissolve the jaggery in one cup of water. since the recipe uses one cup of water. no need to add extra water. then strain the jaggery-water solution so that the impurities are removed and then mix it with the cake mixture. you can use 5-6 inch diameter round tin.

  30. Lovely cake Dassana,I am planning to try this one for a good friend who is off sugar for a while.If I use jaggery in place of brown sugar while layering the apple,do you think it will burn?Or should I add apple chunks in the batter rather than making it an upside down cake?

  31. Hi Dassana,
    Love all your recipes. Would like to try this one. Please can you tell me if I could use brown sugar instead of jaggery and what quantity. Is organic whole wheat flour available? Can I use the regular wheat flour – I mix soy flour (100 gms), jowar(100 gma) and bajra flour (50 gma) for 1 kg of wheat flour. Can I use this and bake? Thanks.

    1. hi lakshmi, you can use brown sugar instead of jaggery. you can use the same quantity. the quantity mentioned in this recipe does not yield a very sweet cake. its just sweet and has a little less sweetness, but the apples compensate for the less amount of sweetness.

      organic wheat flour is available in online and in super markets. you can use regular wheat flour too. you can try with the mixed flour you have. the texture and taste will be different for sure. but there is no harm in trying. i have made breads and cakes with multi grain flours and yes they taste very different than the regular bread and cakes. but healthy.

  32. Hi dasana,

    I tried this eggless cake over the weekend and I used powdered jaggery. It came out so nice. The only thing that I did different was adding orange rind to the batter. It was yummy!! Thanks for such a nice recipe …

    1. i have not tried making the cake in the microwave. you can try though. i guess 3 to 5 mins should be enough depending upon the microwave oven. so when microwaving keep checking, so that the cake does not harden up.

  33. Isn’t jaggery a heat producing substance.. Is it this quantity recommended in summers?

  34. The cake came out perfect and all of us loved it! I’ll be using the same base for other cakes as well! I’m assuming I can, please correct me if I’m wrong.

    This recipe is a keeper and the best low fat cake I have ever come across!!

    1. hi chitra. you can use the same base. i had made an apple cake with the same base. yes, the recipe is fool proof and a keeper.

  35. This is stunning Dassana. I’ve made something similar but it used yogurt. I like the idea of lime juice and water. Really really nice … as is your photography!

  36. Your cakes are so great! I made this one yesterday (as my first upside down cake) and it was eaten up in very very very short time – therefore I had to bake it again today 🙂 Amazing!

    1. i have already replied to your comment before and even added in the when to add oil in the recipe details below.

      1. that was a confusion… mistook you for someone else with a similar query for another cake. added in the recipe details. add oil and water together.

    1. i have already replied to your previous comment. i suggested to add 1/2 cup water.

    1. hi shipra. since the batter is not very thick, i assume this cake can be made in the microwave. do try halving the recipe if making in one pan or make in individual cupcakes moulds or ramekins or small bowls.

    1. hi indira, you can add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup water instead. if the batter looks thick, then add some more water.

  37. Made with water?!? You are a better baker than you give credit to yourself 🙂

  38. wow beautiful cake loving it. I had made it quite few times but yours look so soft and nice.

  39. I tried this recipe just now..awesome cake..very fluffy and spongy..thank u Dassana. I will definitely make it again .Also I tried your orange cake for second time as muffins as-well. It was nice…Such a great cook you are..

  40. Hey! This recipe sounds great! Tell me please, if I have a sticky type of jaggery, how do I use it in this recipe?

    1. hi tania. just melt the jaggery first in a pan with 1 or 2 tbsp of water, so that it does not stick to the pan while melting. just melt, don’t thicken it. once its cooled, add the melted jaggery to the mixed dry ingredients, along with the water. you will have to decrease the amount of water as some water is already used for melting the jaggery and the melted jaggery will be of liquid consistency. so adjust the proportion of water accordingly. the cake batter should not be runny. if there are impurities in the melted jaggery, then strain before adding.

      1. Thank you very much for the answer! It’s a first time i use jaggery… I’ll try this tomorrow 😀

  41. wow u developed your own recipes.. cool… looks yummy .. wish i cud grab it from the screen:)

  42. Isn’t it gorgeous …I love baking with apple too and this looks just fab …

  43. Oh my goodness, can this get any yummier?
    Looks like a dish worthy of Authentic bakery or 5 start hotel!!
    Love the texture , color and the fluffiness!!
    It is dark now, so I’m going to CCD tomorrow and get a upside down cake to satiate my hunger 🙂

      1. Hey new to your receipes but i liked this cake receipe. Going try today.. ?
        Though i only have one question. I am trying to bake it in a microwave and it dosn’t have temperatures mentioned on the front. Can you help in this.
        !!! Unfortunately i cannot post a pic here ?

        1. your microwave oven should have the option of baking in convection mode. temperatures are not listed. you have to use the buttons to get the temperature and they come up on the screen. i would suggest you to call the company representative to demonstrate the workings of the microwave oven, including the convection mode usage. or if you have the manual, you can go through it to see how to operate the convection mode.