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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48 thoughts on “Gluten-free Pineapple Upside Down Cake”

  1. Hi Kelly,i cant wait to make this and of course eat it πŸ™‚ is it possible to substitute the 1/2 cup of butter for coconut oil? Im following the wahls paleo plus protocol because of my ms so cant have butter. Thank u

  2. Hi-any suggestions on how to make this cake without almond flour? We have a tree nut allergy but coconut flour is safe. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • You would have to adjust the dry ingredients. I haven’t done this but if I were going to try, I would start by adding a 1/4 cup of almond flour. The batter has a consistancy similar to cake batter. T

  3. Should I assume you mix the 1/4 melted butter into the pineapple? i don’t see where it says what to do with that ingredient for the topping.

  4. My husband and I love this recipe. I had leftover fresh pineapple that we spooned on as a garnish to the slices as they were served brought out the pineapple flavor even more. Great recipe.

  5. I just made it twice and both times it turned out eggy. I grease the pan with coconut oil maybe I put too much . And the cake had no flavor

  6. This is super fun and way easier than I would have thought! I love that you don’t need a special pan to make it! One of my girls would just LOVE this for her birthday – I just showed her and she was really excited!

  7. Wow Kelly, this looks incredible! What do they say? Don’t go to the grocery store while hungry? Well, they should also say don’t look at your blog posts while hungry… I even have all the ingredients πŸ™‚

  8. My mom used to make a great pineapple upside down cake, but neither one of us has had it since going wheat free, so thanks for an amazing looking recipe!

  9. 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!


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