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Upside Down Apple Couscous Cake

Another late post again!


Vacations are fun, but it’s hard to get back into a routine after getting back. We went back to the UK to see our family and friends for my sister’s birthday and I enjoyed the break, but settling back into the daily grind of college and work has taken all of this week to achieve.

So sorry about not posting for a while, that daily college grind has involved dissertations and lab reports which have taken up my time unfortunately.

Must admit, the thought of writing lab reports after having none for a month was not the most appealing thought.

But anyway, today I have a little bit of a weird cake recipe for you all.

I discovered something called Couscous cake after scrolling through far too many Pinterest posts and decided I would try it and see how it went.


I must admit, I didn’t mind it and decided to try and make my own version of it. This was the result of my little project.

Now this does not have the texture of a normal cake and may not be for everyone. It’s similar to a baked oats/ firm baked rice pudding, so if you are a fan of those then you may like this. If not, I’d say give it a go anyway and you may be surprised. It’s like a quinoa breakfast bake that you see on Pinterest as well.


There aren’t many recipe notes for this other than if you are making the couscous for the recipe rather than using leftovers, 125g uncooked couscous mixed with 175ml of boiling water will make enough for this recipe, or make more and use the rest for another recipe or leftovers for lunch.

There is no cooking of the apple beforehand, so toss with the cornstarch after slicing finely and then cover with the couscous batter and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool and serve 🙂


Upside Down Apple Couscous Cake

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30-32 minutes

Total time: 45-50 minutes

Yield: 8 slices


  • 300g / 2 cups
    Couscous, cooked
  • 60g / 1/2 cup
    Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp
    Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 60g / 1/4 cup
  • 2
  • 1/2 cup
    Low-calorie sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp
    Vanilla extract

Apple Topping

  • 1
    Medium apple, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 8g / 1 tbsp
  • 60g / 1/4 cup
  • 2 tbsp
    Low-calorie sweetener of choice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan assisted and lightly grease a 20cm standard loaf tin.
  2. Whisk together the applesauce, eggs, extract and low-calorie sweetener and set aside in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Slice the apple and coat with lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk together the cornstarch and applesauce until smooth. Spread the apple on the bottom of the pan and then spread the applesauce over the top.
  5. Fold the dry ingredients in and fold the couscous in as well until combined.
  6. Scrape into the pan and bake for 30-32 minutes until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out nearly clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack until completely cool before slicing into 8 slices.
  8. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Nutritional Information

Makes 8 slices
Serving size: 1/8 of recipe

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1 g 2 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 2 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 47 mg 16 %
Sodium 95 mg 4 %
Potassium 39 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 20 g 7 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 6 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 4 g 8 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 1 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 1 %

Recipe Notes

You can add an optional 1/2 tsp of mixed spice or ground ginger to the couscous cake batter for an added level of spice.


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