Dia’s Upside Down Cake (Gluten Free, Macrobiotic and Vegan)

Posted by ♦***Admin--Dia***♦ on June 6th, 2009. Filed under: Casein Free, Dairy Free and Vegan, Macrobiotic, Vegetarian, Wheat and Gluten Free.

Dia's Upside Down Cake: Gluten Free, Macrobiotic and Vegan I almost fainted when I tasted this cake this afternoon–one of the most delicious desserts I have ever experienced. You may think I’m a little biased, but believe me, I’m my worst critic! For me to say this is by far the most fantastic cake I have ever made, means it tastes wonderful! And it is refined sugar free!!
No more caster sugar for me, I don’t need it anymore. All of the natural sugars in this cake have made me realize something: food tastes better without overly processed sugar, and in addition to that, I don’t feel as guilty knowing my desserts are more healthy.Gluten Free Flour

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2 tablespoons of pure organic maple syrup
1/2 cup of rapadura sugar (raw cane sugar)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 Granny smith apples peeled, cored and sliced
1 3/4 cups of Gluten and Wheat Free Self Raising Flour (I use this brand, and it is a mixture of rice and bean flour)
1 cup of rice milk or Oatly milk
1 tablespoon of natural vanilla extract
1/2 cup of vegan spread
1 teaspoon of safflower oil
1 tablespoon of grated ginger root

Dia's Upside Down Cake: Gluten Free, Macrobiotic and Vegan

Preheat oven to 180° Celsius (Check out the new converter on the right)
Take out a square casserole dish and grease with the safflower oil.
Pour the maple syrup into the casserole dish and spread evenly with a spoon.
Layer the sliced apples on top of the maple syrup.

In a large mixing bowl combine the gluten free flour, raw cane sugar, ginger and cinnamon.
Stir in the rice milk, vegan spread and vanilla extract.
Pour this mixture on top of the apples, spreading evenly so no apples are exposed.

Place casserole dish into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
When baked, cool for 10 minutes before turning the cake out onto your cake stand.
When turned over you will see the glistening apples oozing with maple syrup.

Slice and serve while hot.
Don’t forget to print out the recipe!
Dia's Upside Down Cake: Gluten Free, Macrobiotic and Vegan

Some will argue that the raw sugar cane is more yin than say maple syrup, but as a macrobiotic you are allowed the occasional splurge. Most would have used 1 cup of raw cane sugar, but I felt even though this sugar is unrefined it wouldn’t hurt to put less in. I wondered what the outcome would be, anticipating it may be a little dull in flavor, but boy was I wrong. Like I said above, the flavors were mouth popping–the ginger and cinnamon came through most for me and topped with the syrupy apples, I couldn’t have experienced a more heavenly moment.
Dia's Upside Down Cake: Gluten Free, Macrobiotic and Vegan

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30 Responses to Dia’s Upside Down Cake (Gluten Free, Macrobiotic and Vegan)

  1. iRaw

    This sounds likes a keeper. And the photo is mouthwatering…of course I printed it out too! Have you tried using date sugar in recipes? I’m hooked on it and rarely use any form of white or brown sugar now.

  2. Administrator

    Thank you iRaw,
    I never tried date sugar, I will have to. I have tried agave nectar though
    and quite like the taste. I think this cake turned out so well because I
    used Oatly milk, you can use either oatly or rice, but whenever I use
    Oatly it tastes even better. Oatly is a brand name of oat milk in England.
    Not sure if it has gone worldwide yet.

  3. Elaine - The Gourmet Girl

    This sounds very interesting. I think I’ll modify my for tropical fruit (mango, papaya or pineapple) in the next few weeks and let you know how it turns out.
    I have referred your recipe to a GF focused site.

  4. Jen Jen

    I’m thinking this is by far your best one yet.
    The picz are gorggg. I mean, WOW!
    Why some mag hasn’t snapped you up by now,
    I’ll never understand!!

  5. Administrator

    Thanks Elaine and Jen. Which site? I belong to a few of the foodie sites.

  6. s. stockwell

    Wow, great to find your site. This looks delish. I have a son & daughter-in law who are Vegan and I always need to cooks for them…i’ll try this next time. Thanks, s

  7. Michael

    Yummy to me tummy!

  8. Kishina

    Amazing pictures and the apples do look glossy and tasty.

  9. Administrator

    Thanks S Stockwell, Michael and Kishina. I ate some more of this for breakfast, still tasting fab.

  10. Tina

    Vegan upside down cake, you covered many categories in one
    cake. Lovely pictures my dear.

  11. Gemma

    Where do you get the energy? I second the “yummy to me tummy” :)

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  13. Veganmaniac

    Mmmmm, I want some.

  14. Onionbanana

    Magnificent work!

  15. jenay38

    looks good!

  16. Administrator

    Thanks everyone!

  17. Louise

    You’re Invited to play the Picnic Game Dia and this recipe is just what we needed! Thanks for joining us…The letter “G” is yours!!!

  18. VeggieGirl

    This looks amazing!!! I am definitely going to try and make it.

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  20. Paula

    I found your blog via Modern Day Ozzie and Harriet (the picnic post!). Your g/f dessert looks wonderful! Where did you find that flour? I’ve not seen that at any of the stores around here. I’d really like to get some of that flour, even if I have to mail order it!

  21. Iris

    I can’t wait to try making this cake! It looks amazing!

  22. Louise

    Hi Dia,
    Thanks for “bringing” your Gluten Free Upside Down Cake to the picnic. We sure did have fun, didn’t we???

    Thanks for sharing your basket of goodies with us. I am saving this recipe, for sure…

  23. maybelles mom

    WHat a great recipe. I have bookmarked this–b/c it would be great to take to work.

  24. Flickruser

    Dia, It looks like Olive magazine ripped off your recipe this month. Of course they un-veganized it, but god it was so similar after you had mentioned they had visited your blog several times, it wouldn’t surprise me they took a few ideas for themselves!!

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  27. christine

    With the windfall apples already forming a glut in the kitchen, this recipe comes at an ideal time, thanks:)

  28. Administrator

    Hi Christine, check out the new apple tart I just posted. Cheers!

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