Amazing Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Cake

Vegan_Apple-Cinnamon-Upside-Down-Cake_SliceBefore I discovered my love for baking and cooking, I often did not know what to do with apples that I considered too ripe for my taste – I’m a very picky apple eater. Gosh, was I clueless back then! Nowadays, I use ripe apples to make homemade applesauce (great egg-, butter-, or oil replacer!) or other apple dishes such as banana apple chunks bread and apple cinnamon upside down cake. The recipe for the latter was inspired by a recipe published on Chef Chloe’s blog.
As always, I tweaked the recipe to meet my needs and wants, e.g. I lowered the sugar content and upped the fiber. The resulting cake was an instant hit with friends and family. It tastes so amazing that I naturally had to share the recipe with you. This upside down cake is truly my whenever feel-good cake. Bits of bliss in every bite – guaranteed!


~ 8 Servings


  • 3 apples, peeled, 1 thinly sliced and 2 diced
  • 1 1/2 cups light spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk – I used rice milk!
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ºC.
  2. Lightly grease a 9-inch round pan and line with parchment paper. Grease again.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until all ingredients are well-distributed.
  4. In a small bowl, combine milk and ACV. Set mixture aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk maple syrup, oil, milk mixture, and vanilla until all ingredients are well-combined.
  6. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix with a spatula until all ingredients are well-incorporated. Attention: do not overmix!
  7. Cover most of the bottom of the prepared cake pan with apple slices and then sprinkle some sugar on top.
  8. Fold in the apple dices into the batter.
  9. Carefully spoon the batter into the pan without rearranging the apple pattern on the bottom.
  10. Even out the batter using  your fingers or a spatula.
  11. Bake for roughly  40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool the cake in the pan for 5-10 minutes.
  13. Remove the pan and then carefully flip the cake so that the apple design is on top.
  14. Carefully peel off any remaining parchment paper.
  15. If desired, serve with non-dairy ice cream or whipped cream.
  16. Enjoy!


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