Simple Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Vegan & Gluten-Free)


With its cheery pineapple rings and bright maraschino cherry topping, pineapple upside down cake has a quirky retro charm. Maybe it was something your Midwestern grandma would serve to evoke a touch of the tropics on a winter day. This healthier-for-you version uplifts the classic, can (and should!) be served at any occasion, and is easier to make than it looks. Just strategically place pineapple and cherries in a baking pan, pour batter over the top and bake. It’s a fancy-looking cake with only a few extra, very simple steps. It’s gluten-free, dairy free and vegan friendly, and its flavors of coconut milk and pineapple provide a luscious, momentary getaway.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake on Stoneware Plate with Slice on Plate Next to It |

Pineapple Upside Down Cake on Stoneware Plate with Slice on Plate Next to It |
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Simple Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 191 kcal



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease round baking pan with coconut oil. Place 3 pineapple slices across middle, then 2 slices above and 2 slices below so bottom of pan is covered.
  3. Place cherry into each pineapple ring center.
  4. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Add egg replacer and water, sugar, condensed coconut milk, oil and pineapple juice and stir to combine. Batter will be thick.
  5. Spoon dollops of batter over pineapple and cherries. Spread batter carefully to keep pineapple rings in place.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes. (Note: Batter will spread to cover pineapple and puff up.)
  7. Remove cake from oven when golden-brown. Allow cake to cool then place a plate on top and flip over to release.

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Nutrition Facts
Simple Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 154mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Pamela Higgins

Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach, AADP received her credentials from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2010. Pam is the Founder of Total Health Counseling, LLC and She is a sensitive foodie and focuses on teaching clients about eating delicious food with pleasure. Pam will show you how to access your blueprint for healthy eating and lifestyle so you can be your best. Pam healed herself from years of chronic digestive and skin inflammation by accessing her own blueprint for healthy living and helps her clients find foods that nourish + balance their bodies. Pam lives in South Florida with her husband, Heman and dog, Cali. Contact Pam directly via email at