Gluten-Free Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Posted by Nads on August 6, 2013

grilled pineapple

Anything made with grilled pineapple is the bomb.  So last time I was grilling pineapple a little inspiration struck and I decided to make some Upside Down Cake.  My niece was struggling to find something yummy to eat on a gluten free diet, so I did some research and decided to challenge myself to make a gluten free version.  Results?  Awesome.  So here’s my version.

After looking at a bunch of recipes online, I took my inspiration from a recipe I came across on  Katie’s recipe seemed like a great base, using healthy wholesome ingredients.  I made a couple of modifications, and turned out a cake that was gone in a snap.  Seemed like I had cooked up something good.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup coconut sugar (you can also use honey or unrefined cane sugar)
9 pineapple slices, (I like mine extra thick) dusted with coconut sugar and a pinch of salt and grilled until caramelized
1 1/2 cup gluten free flour mix
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 eggs
1/3 cup yogurt
1/3 cup apple juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pineapple slices dusted with coconut sugar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Generously butter a 9 in. square pan, especially the bottom of the pan where you will place the pineapple.
  3. Scatter a generous layer of coconut sugar over the bottom of the pan, then arrange pineapple slices over top.
  4. In a medium bowl sift together the dry ingredients; flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  5. In a large bowl beat the eggs, yogurt, juice, and vanilla together, then add the dry ingredients and whisk on medium-high in a mixer until batter is smooth. Making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.
  6. Evenly pour batter over the pineapple slices.
  7. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the middle of cake.

grilled pineapple

 grilling pineapple slices


pineapple upside down cake

 yummy cake right out of the oven


mini pineapple upside down cake

I had a mini 4 inch springform pan I wanted to try out so I made a little version which perfectly fit 1 slice.  Too cute?

10 Responses to “Gluten-Free Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake”

  1. Jo-Anna says:

    Oh my this looks delicious! I’m always looking for great new gluten free recipes!

  2. That looks so very good, thanks for the recipe!

  3. Yum! I have never had pineapple in a cake, yet I love pineapple. I will have to try this. Thanks!

  4. This looks very delicious.

  5. Tia says:

    eep! That single slice can is so adorable. Makes me want to make some grilled dessert this weekend. Yummers!

  6. You guys are killing me with all these dessert recipes – just when I’ve sworn off dessert….

    Looks amazing!

    • Nads says:

      no don’t ever swear off desserts! the trick is to find desserts like this one that is pretty healthy so you can indulge guilt free!

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