apple upside down cake recipe | eggless apple upside down cake

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

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.

eggless apple upside down cake

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.

apple cake recipe

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 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 Recipe of pineapple upside down cake.

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apple upside down cake

4.58 from 7 votes
Easy to make eggless apple upside down cake. Eggless & dairy free recipe.
eggless apple upside down cake recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:50 mins
Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
Servings (change the number to scale):1 medium size round cake
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


apple layer

  • 2 medium sized 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
  • 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


preparation to make apple upside down cake

  • Grease or line a 7 to 7.5 inches round cake pan or tin. You can even line the pan with butter paper or parchment paper. 
  • Preheat your oven now at 180 degrees celsius or 356 degrees fahrenheit for 15 minutes. 
  • Rinse, peel, core and slice 2 medium sized apples.

lining cake pan with apples

  • Layer the apple slices neatly on the base of the pan 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 pan aside.

making apple upside down cake batter

  • In a bowl, first take all the dry ingredients - whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 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 and stir mix so that no lumps are formed. do not over do the mixing. 
  • Now add the lemon juice and stir well again.
  • Pour the batter in the cake pan layered with the apple slices.

making apple upside down cake

  • Bake at 180 degrees celsius or 356 degrees fahrenheit for 45 to 55 mins in a preheated oven.
  • When warm or cooled, 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 when making cakes or muffins or even indian sweets.
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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 over do 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.

apple upside down cake recipe, eggless apple cake recipe

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.

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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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116 comments/reviews

  1. 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

    • 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.

  2. 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 !!

    • welcome diivya. glad to read your positive feedback.

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

    • 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.

  4. 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 🙁 )

    • 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.

  5. 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

    • 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.

  6. 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 🙂

    • 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.

  7. 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 !!!

    • yes you can bake again. not sure if you baked again.

  8. 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!!

    • 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.

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

    • thanks rads. do visit again. best wishes to you also.

  10. 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.

    • 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 –

  11. 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..

  12. 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…?

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  14. 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?

    • mailed you divya.

  15. 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.

    • 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.

  16. 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 …

    • thanks supreeti for trying the recipe and sharing your variation.

  17. wat should be the timing,if the is prepared in microwave? ?

    • 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.

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

    • old jaggery is cooling. you can use sugar instead of jaggery.

  19. 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!!

    • 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.

  20. 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!

    • thanks deeba.5 stars

  21. 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!

    • thanks.

  22. hi ..I am baking now.. again…you didn’t mention about when to add the oil.

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

      • 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.

  23. the recipe is nice .i tried it the apple upside down cake was superb4 stars

    • thanks yazhini for the feedback.

  24. Can I make this cake with 2eggs and1/4cup of water

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

  25. Dassana tell me, can i make this cake in microwave?

    • 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.

  26. Can I use 2 eggs and1/4 cup of water instead of 1cup water?

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

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

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

  29. 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..

    • thanks for your compliment anu. glad to know both the cakes were great.

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

    • 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.

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

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

  32. Oh this looks so delish… Bookmarking this Dassana

  33. I have seen pineapple upside down cake, this one is new and interesting.

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

  35. 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 🙂

    • thanks pavithra.

      • 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 ?

        • 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.