Pinapple Upside Down Cake and Vegan Fruit and Nut Cake - Last Bakes of 2009

There was a time when I used to bake every second day or so. In the last couple of years all that butter, sugar and flour have started showing at all the wrong places and on top of that we realized that Manoj's cholesterol was a little high. It was time to change our eating habits and I must say its been really difficult. Both of us are crazy about junk and fast food and could happily have just that all day. Some changes we made were giving up eating out, no fried foods (except when visiting friends), its all about simple home made meals now. I bake only on special occasions, when visiting friends or when I'm having friends over. We are getting results and we feel so much better now.
Anyways, here are the two cakes I baked last month.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


I made the Pineapple Up-side Down Cake to take along to a friends place. I've had this recipe bookmarked for a while, it's from My Kitchen Snippets. See the recipe here. Just substituted pineapple and cherries instead of peaches.


The cake came out beautifully and was perfect. The sponge by itself was moist and buttery and delicious. I made two mini cakes, so I could taste it before I took it to my friends place. This recipe is definitely a keeper, can't wait to try it with peaches.

Vegan Fruit and Nut Cake


Whats Christmas without a fruit cake! I had a tough time selecting a recipe as the ones I had used alcohol and that's off limits for me. I also wanted an eggless cake and one that was not loaded with calories. After a lot of hunting I finally saw this recipe at Jugalbandi and it was perfect for my needs. That's a blog u can trust and there were so many people vouching for the recipe, I had no doubts what so ever.


I followed the recipe as is. I did not soak the fruits, used half orange juice and half water and totally left out the alcohol. The cake was fabulous, I could not believe that its vegan and was better than any fruit cake I ever baked. Manoj is already asking me to bake another one, guess he won't have to wait long.



This is a must try!!

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Both the cakes are going to Sara's Cakes and Cookies event and to Divya's Show Me Your Cake event.

33 comments:

  1. Wow the both the cake was totally awesome and perfect.. Yes poornima i accept to what you say.. what ever we bake its we have to finish the whole thing not good for health too.

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  2. Both the cakes are lookng so yummy ....I wish i had a supporting hubby like you who loves cake...whatever it is..i am surely going to try to bake both..Have book marked it

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  3. Hey Very nice ...looks awesome .Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Absolutely perfect and awesome

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  5. The cakes looks perfect and delicious...

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  6. cake looks perfect and soon will try it.

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  7. Never tried pineapple cake...Looks sooo soft and yummyyyy...iyyooooo kothiyavunne...

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  8. fruit and nut cake looks delicious..want to try it sometime..the pineapple one looks awesome..

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  9. Both the cakes looks very very tempting and professional too. Would love to grab a bite from the beautiful pic :):)

    Chitchat
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  10. Both cakes looks fantastic and scrumptious...Happy New year wishes to u & ur family Poornima..

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  11. perfectly baked cakes...pineapple is my favorite!...so tempting and yummy cakes!

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  12. Both the cakes look fantastic. What you are saying about baking is true, it is truely addictive and sugar, butter, flour everything gets deposited in the body and does end up as different health complications.

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  13. Both the cakes look damn tempting.. yummm.. drool worthy.. pineapple is really tempting. :)

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  14. Cake looks divine!
    http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love pineapple upside cake. Looks beautiful.
    True here ti it is showinf in me and my hubbies waistline. I can't stop baking.
    Good thing is every time when i bake something i take to my inlaws place so that it is shared with all of us.

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  16. Happy New Year Poornima! The pineapple cake is perfection!!!!!

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  17. Both the cakes look fabulous ! Belated New Year wishes to you and your family, hope you all have a wonderful 2010....

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  18. Dear Poornima,

    your cakes look fantastic!!! wish you a wonderful New Year 2010 !!!!

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  19. Wow!! both the cake looks awesome... yum!!the pictures look so tempting.:)

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  20. Your cake looks beautiful. I haven't made this cake for a long time.

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  21. Both cake looks wonderful and perfect. Wish you a great new year...

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  22. Pineapple upside down cake is on my to do list from a very long time, your cake looks perfect!! Vegan fruit and nut cake has come out awesome! Wish you a wonderful new year ahead!

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  23. Happy New Year to u!Both cakes look yummy.I especially liked the mini cakes too.

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  24. both the cakes look scrumptious...

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  25. Both the cakes look delicious! Good luck for the baby!

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  26. Wow gorgeous cakes ,love to have some pieces.First time here,lovely blog dear.Keep rocking.Following you.Got pineapples in the refrigerator ,i will be posting my version soon.Happy blogging.

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  27. Cake looks so fantastic! Especially, the pineapple cake with the cherries! I loved the small cakes..they look just cute.

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  28. I haven't been doing nearly as much baking either, but these cakes are tempting me to get back into the kitchen sooner than later! The pineapple cake is beautiful.

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  29. Love the classic pineapple cake,so perfect:D

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