Coconut Flour Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (gluten-free)

I was having a drink with a friend of mine last week relaxing after work, casually conversing until she started describing the coconut flour pineapple upside-down cake she had made a few days prior. The conversation suddenly became more solemn; I adjusted my posture and followed each of her words with infinite interest. I was all ears.

I haven’t stopped thinking about that cake ever since. I’ve craved it day after day. I just had to make it. I had to savor “pina colada” in a cake.

If you’ve never tried coconut flour, wait no more. You’ll fall in love with the flavor and moistness. It makes cakes taste as if they were moistened with some magically delicious syrup when hey weren’t. I am sold.

Coconut Flour Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

6 to 8 servings

4 eggs
7 tablespoons butter, softened
6 tablespoons coconut milk (1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup brown sugar
¾ cup coconut flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
7 to 8 pineapple slices, canned or fresh
Maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch cake pan.

Using an electric mixer, mix the eggs, butter, milk, vanilla and sugar until well combined. Add the coconut flour, salt and baking powder and mix again.

Arrange the pineapple slices on the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the batter over it. Bake until the cake is lightly browned and a skewer comes out clean, 35 minutes. Let the cake cool and turn it over onto a plate. Garnish with Maraschino cherries.


16 Responses to “Coconut Flour Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (gluten-free)”

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    Kitchen Butterfly — 03/27/2010 @ 1:23 pm

    It looks lovely….if only I wasn't allergic to pineapple.

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    elra — 03/27/2010 @ 2:21 pm

    That look very pretty, and very neat. Love the fact that is gluten free too!

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    Nisrine Merzouki — 03/27/2010 @ 2:28 pm

    Butterfly, I am so sorry you're allergic to pineapple. I am glad I'm not because I think I would eat it even if I were:)

    I think sliced pears or peaches would be a great substitute.

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    Kelly — 03/27/2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Beautiful photos! Can't wait to try it! I love coconut flour! =)
    Hugs, Kelly

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    Kelly — 03/27/2010 @ 3:13 pm

    PS I'm going to Tweet this post =)

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    Pam — 03/27/2010 @ 6:44 pm

    That cake looks so light and refreshing…wish I had a piece right now….mmm!


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    Pam — 03/27/2010 @ 9:31 pm

    This sounds like my kind of food! Delicious, I bet! I've never even heard of coconut flour but will be looking into that! Thanks!

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — 03/27/2010 @ 10:48 pm

    A lovely cake! Great flavors!



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    Katie @ Cozydelicious — 03/28/2010 @ 2:37 pm

    I've never used coconut flour! What a lovely cake. My husband is a pineapple fanatic so he would love this.

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    Heidi Robb — 03/29/2010 @ 1:26 pm

    Coconut is my kryptonite – cannot resist! Thanks for finding me so I could find you.

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    Lucy — 03/30/2010 @ 5:45 pm

    Pineapple upside-down cakes always look so pretty! I haven't made one in a very very long time, and would love to try it with the coconut flour. Delish!

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    grace — 03/30/2010 @ 10:18 pm

    yep, i tend to perk up when the topic of conversation drifts onto food. :)
    what an awesome version of the classic upside-down cake–it's delicious for people who can't have gluten AND those who can. :)

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    Esme — 04/01/2010 @ 4:14 am

    My mum would always make pineapple upside down cake-I have not had this since I was a child.

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    Erica — 04/05/2010 @ 9:52 pm

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I didn't get a good chance to look through your full site last time I visited. This looks incredible. Ive never baked with coconut flour, but now I want to :)

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    Iris — 04/14/2010 @ 11:16 am

    This looks absolutely lovely. I bought some coconut flour before realizing I was allergic, but I still sneak a bite every once in a while. Maybe I'll make this for a potluck and have a tiny slice for myself.

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    Anonymous — 07/13/2010 @ 4:30 pm

    How do I subscribe to this blog without a twitter or iPod account? I just have regular e:mail and I'm not seeing a link for that. Love your recipes. I'm glad W.H.O.L.E. Foods featured you.

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