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Gluten-free Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Last Updated on November 29, 2020

You’ll love the caramelized pineapples and sweet cherries topping on this homemade gluten-free pineapple upside-down cake. The yellow cake is buttery sweet and everyone can enjoy this gluten-free dessert.

gluten free pineapple upside down cake

Back in my grain-eating days, I prided myself on my pineapple upside-down cake. Seriously people asked me for the recipe all the time and the sad thing was that it was box cake mix that I just jazzed up with a ton of butter and sugar.

I had to use butter for the Gluten-free Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe because the flavor of butter and coconut sugar is what makes this taste true to me.

A couple of notes.

You need to let this sit out for 15 minutes before diving in.  

The top of the cake needs to dry out a touch.   If you want this to have a slightly more caramelized top, you can add more coconut sugar.

gluten-free pineapple upside down cake
grain free pineapple upside down cake
Yield: 8

Gluten free Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes



Pineapple Topping

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of crushed pineapple drained, 32 oz can of crushed pineapple -save juice
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
  • 5 fresh or frozen cherries


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8" round baking pan.
  2. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar on the bottom and then place the cherries.
  3. Cover the crushed pineapple in a thin layer over the top, and pour the melted butter over the top and then set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine the cake ingredients and mix with an wooden spoon until completely blended.
  5. Pour over the pineapple and place in your oven to bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool. Flip the cake onto a platter and then let sit for 15 minutes before chomping!

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Friday 16th of December 2016

This looks so easy, moist and delicious! I love that it has really simple ingredients that I have kicking around my kitchen already! Plus, a fun and different idea to bring to those holiday potlucks!


Thursday 15th of December 2016

I am so making this! Looks delish! Thanks for sharing! and I love the purple cake stand too!

Real Food with Dana

Thursday 15th of December 2016

Would you believe it when I say I've never had pineapple upside down cake before? Can't wait to try this one out!!

Becky Winkler

Tuesday 13th of December 2016

I love pineapple upside down cake and your version is so pretty! Love that it's studded with cherries.

Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

Monday 12th of December 2016

I love this recipe so much!!! It's so beautiful and that purple cake stand, swoon!

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