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Vegan up-side-down Apple Sponge Cake With No Processed Sugar

Easy-to-make recipe. Apple puree and maple syrup in the batter, with red apple slices on top. The cake is scented with spices such as cinnamon, ginger and clove; Sometimes we want to keep it simple :)
Servings 10


Up-Side-Down Red Apple

  • 1 red-apple such as 'Pink Lady' or 'Pink-Crisper'
  • Boiling water to cover the apples

Dry Ingredients

  • cups white spelt flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Spice* Or a teaspoon and a half of cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of ground ginger, and a quarter teaspoon of ground allspice; Instead of ground allspice, you can use a pinch of ground cloves (see note at the bottom of the post)

  • ¼ tsp salt

Wet Ingredients


Early preparations

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  • Cut baking paper into a circle 8 inches in diameter and line the bottom of the pan with it.
  • Grease the base (baking paper) and sides of the pan with vegan butter or melted coconut oil.

Up-Side-Down Red Apple

  • Cut the apple into four (no need to peel), clean the core, and cut each apple quarter into four slices. You get a total of 16 apple slices.
  • Transfer the apple slices to a bowl, pour boiling water to cover, and cover with a lid. Set aside for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, you can mix the dry and the wet ingredients in two separate bowls as follows:
  • Strain the apple slices.** Place 14 apple slices in a circle on the bottom of the pan with the baking paper; place the remaining two pieces in the center - (see image).

Dry Ingredients

  • Sift the flour into a medium-deep bowl and add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix with a fork or whisk.

Wet Ingredients

  • In a large bowl, mix melted butter or coconut oil, apple puree, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt; In a small bowl, combine the milk with the apple cider vinegar, add the milk to the batter and mix well.

Assembling the cake

  • Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture while stirring until the dry mixture is absorbed into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the pan over the apple slices, flatten with a spoon or spatula, Place in the hot oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.
  • Once the cake has cooled completely, remove the cake from the pan, turn it over on a serving plate and carefully remove the baking paper.
    מתכון לעוגת תפוחים הפוכה עם סירופ מייפל מחליף את הדבש, ושפע תבלינים מבושמים
  • Although this is a no-processed-sugar cake, you can make an exception from time to time, and sprinkle powdered sugar on top :) Enjoy❤️


* If you prefer a pronounced taste, feel free to add another teaspoon of spices. Taste the batter to adjust the right degree of seasoning;)
** Do not spill the apple soaking water! Instead, save it for other uses, such as hot drinks or smoothies. It's got a slight apple flavor and a subtle sweetness.
I filled my drinking bottle with it :)
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