Baking cakes has been a very interesting experience for me. I always look forward to bake a cake. But I have never baked such an exotic cake so far. I have seen so many pineapple upside down cake recipes in the blogosphere that have teased me over the past few months. Most of them have either been with eggs or needed condensed milk if eggless. Upon searching further, I found near perfect blend of ingredients in this cake. I tweaked the recipe a little to suit my taste and mood. Here I would like to thank Champa for guiding me. I always prefer using whole wheat flour hence I tried a blend of flours. 
I planned on baking this cake for my dear husband's birthday and he sure was surprised. He refused to believe that I had baked it at home :) So trust me it is a sure shot way to impress your friends, family and loved ones.
'Types of Egg Replacers in Baking' would be the theme for the fifth day of this BM #6 session 2. Here I have used Apple Cider Vinegar as an Egg substitute.


Eggless Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Ingredients - 


*Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup (minus 2 Tbsp)
Maida / All Purpose Flour  1 cup (minus 2 Tbsp)
Cornstarch 4 Tbsp
Baking Soda 1 tsp
Sugar 1 cup
Butter , softened 1/2 cup
Yogurt/Curds 1 cup
Pineapple Juice 1/2 cup
Apple Cider Vinegar 1 Tbsp
Rose Water 1 tsp
Pineapple Slices,  7-8 (I used from a 20 oz can)
Maraschino Cherries , 5-6
For the Caramel - 
Sugar 1/2 cup
Water 1/4 cup
Lemon Juice 1 tsp
Notes - 
*The original recipe called for just Plain Flour / Maida and plain vinegar. I wanted to use whole wheat flour and so tried out this blend of Whole Wheat Flour, All purpose flour and Cornstarch.


*Drain the pineapple slices, collect the juice in a bowl and pat the slices dry. The same juice is used as pineapple juice in the batter.


*Also the bottled Maraschino cherries need to be washed well and patted dry. Slice the cherries into 2 pieces and keep them ready.


To make 1 cup (measures 240 ml) of cake flour - In a 1 cup measure, spoon in 2 Tbsp of cornstarch and fill the rest of the cup with Flour/ Maida.


Eggless Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Method Of Preparation -


Preheat the oven to 350 F. I was using a non-stick 8 inch cake pan so I reduced the temperature to 325 F.


In a bowl, sieve the flours, cornstarch and baking soda. Add the sugar to the mix and keep aside.


In another bowl add all the liquid ingredients (softened butter, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice and rose water). Just whisk them together. They might look a little curdled but that is okay.


Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mix and gently mix so there are no lumps. The batter shouldn't be too thick or too runny. Keep it aside.


Prepare the Caramel - 
In a small saucepan mix together the sugar and water (listed under the caramel ingredients). 

Let it simmer on low until it starts to turn amber in color. (About 2 min or so)

Add the lemon juice and stir until it becomes a medium dark amber. Remove form fire. 

Assembling the Cake - 
Grease an 8 inch cake pan and arrange the pineapple slices in any pattern desired. Since I used a circular pan, I arranged them in a circular fashion and filled the gaps with the sliced cherries.

    Pour the prepared caramel on the arranged pineapple slices and cherries. Brush the caramel evenly so all the slices are smeared with the caramel.

    Pour the batter on top of the caramel and tap the cake pan a couple times on the counter to release any bubbles trapped in the batter.

    Place in the center rack of the oven and bake it for 40-45 min or until the top of the cake is golden brown. Also insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and the cake is done if it comes out clean .(Mine was done in 42 min)

    Eggless Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    Look at the caramel dripping..slurp!!

    Let the cake cool on a wire rack for a few minutes. Run a knife along the edges of the cake and invert the cake on to the wire rack to see the magic of the upside down cake!!

    Pour some leftover pineapple juice on the cake for some extra flavor! Let the cake cool before slicing it. Take another look at the cake!


    Eggless Pineapple Upside Down Cake



        My Observations - 
        *I thought the batter would overflow in the cake pan and so didn't use the entire batter. I baked mini cakes in 3 ramekins which my kids enjoyed having for themselves!!


        Pineapple Cake


        *The cake didn't rise too much and there was no 'doming' of the cake. But the cake was soft and fluffy inside.


        *When I first tasted the cake in the ramekin, I felt that there was an after taste of baking soda and was initially disappointed. But I read somewhere that pineapple juice needs to be poured over the cake and the cake needs to absorb the flavors and tastes best after it is totally cool (2-3 hrs at least). It was true in my case. The after taste disappeared after about 2 hrs or so and the cake vanished in 10 min :)


        *When I inverted the cake on the wire rack, couple of pineapple slices got stuck to the cake pan, which I had to remove and stick it up on the cake! Apart from that this cake was a breeze to bake!!


        * The gooey caramel lent some extra sweetness to the cake. So if you need a little less of it, you could try reducing sugar either in the cake batter or the caramel.


        Here are some of my favorite eggless cakes so far (of course in addition to the one you just drooled over!!)  -



        Sending this cake as an entry to Celebrate Sweets - Cakes hosted by Dinnerrecipesguide and Niveditha's Kitchen.

          Preparation Time 15 min + Baking Time 40 min
            Makes 8 inch cake + 3 regular sized muffins

            28 comments

            1. Mélange Says:
            2. Came out professional.And to go with that,superb clicks..Hats off !

               
            3. madhavi Says:
            4. woww hrini super ga undi cake..so yummy

               
            5. Suma Gandlur Says:
            6. Chala bagundhi, Harini.
              Nenu chala rojulanundi eggless version cheyalanukuntunnanu. You made my job easier. :)

               
            7. Malar Gandhi Says:
            8. Superb creation...I love this cake so much, aromatic treat indeed.

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            9. Wow.. simply superb... Awesome pics too..

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            10. aipi Says:
            11. That looks sensational ~ very neat n professional! Kudos!
              US Masala

               
            12. Sobha Shyam Says:
            13. the cake looks awesome, really a feast to eyes :)..lovely recipe..
              mini cakes too look tasty n cute..

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              COOK IT HEALTHY:PROTEINicious

               
            14. this is our family favorite recipe, love the idea of mini cakes :)

               
            15. Champa Says:
            16. Harini,
              Cake does look stunning. Thanks for mentioning but it wasn't necessary. All I can say about the cake is maybe you used a bigger pan and the cake is a little thin. But apart from that, it is just beautiful. Beautiful pictures too.

               
            17. divya Says:
            18. wow.. looks so perfect and tempting , that I feel like grabbing it from the pic....yum yum

               
            19. Wonderful looking upside down cake dear. Looks so mouthwatering and inviting as well.

              Deepa
              Hamaree Rasoi

               
            20. O M G...this is ..so...so...so..good ,lovely..really looks professional..i must try this..specially since its eggless..beautiful!!!

               
            21. Vardhini Says:
            22. Oh my .. that is one tempting cake .. love pineapples.

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            23. **DROOL** at the cake! Looks sooo good!

               
            24. Aarthi Says:
            25. looking yummy

               
            26. PJ Says:
            27. Absolutely gorgeous! Bookmarked this.

               
            28. Jayashree Says:
            29. Looks so moist and perfect

               
            30. Mom Chef Says:
            31. hey Harini ! That was one superb cake.. :)

              I also dont prefer even condensed milk in my eggless cakes.. have to give apple cider vinegar a try some time soon :)

              Cheers
              Kalyani
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            32. Looks so delicious and tempting

               
            33. jayasree Says:
            34. Looks gorgeous..Loved the mini cakes.

               
            35. Priya Says:
            36. Gorgeous cake, personally its never go wrong with apple cider vinegar, cake makes me drool..

               
            37. Usha Says:
            38. Lovely cake!

               
            39. Pavani Says:
            40. PERFECT Cake Harini. Looks delicious. Great job.

               
            41. hey, that looks so good and loved the colors!

               
            42. Degchi Says:
            43. My heart goes mmmmm mmmm mmmm over your cake.

               
            44. I love pineapple upside down cakes they look so cute

               
            45. Archana Says:
            46. Delicious. Cannot take my eyes of it. Since my kids do not like pineapple I will be making it when they are on vacation.

               
            47. Srivalli Says:
            48. Excellent Harini..I remember baking pineapple upside down cake and never tasting it as it was always with eggs..since knowing the egg replacement ingredients have been planning to bake. I love those mini ones of yours too..

               
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