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Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple upside down cake is one of those old fashioned comfort food type desserts that many of us grew up eating.

My mom used to make it all the time and we loved it. It is so easy to make and it makes the perfect last minute dessert because you almost always have the ingredients on hand.

Recently I realized that I missed pineapple upside down cake.

I have also had several readers email me asking if I had a gluten free recipe for pineapple upside down cake, so I knew I wanted to figure out how to make this old fashioned dessert gluten free.

Making things gluten free is not always easy, as I am sure most of you already know. I found a recipe that I knew was a good one and started from there. The one thing that makes this upside down cake a little different is how you mix the eggs.

For this recipe you separate the egg yolks and whites. You beat the egg whites separately,until stiff and then fold them into the batter. This is an extra step, but I have found that it really helps the texture in the gluten free version.

And this cake is so good that my family ate the whole cake in one evening. Now, it is not a full sized regular cake, because I made it in a cast iron pan, but still we ate the whole cake.

This cake is made in a cast iron pan. To me pineapple cake should be made in a cast iron pan because that is the way my mom always made it, however you can make it in a similar size pan and it should work fine.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. The cake looks great. My husband loves Pineapple Upside Down Cake so I’ll have to give it a try. But we would never leave out the cherries : )

  2. Saw your post at Life as MOM – glad to find your blog! My son is almost 3 and is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and eggs. I’m always searching for new recipes that the whole family can enjoy.

  3. It was fabulous!!! Highly recommend it, easy, no after taste, light and fluffy, perfect for summer desserts. My gluten free husband loved it! He hasn’t had any since he was diagnosed. Thank you!

    • Thank you for letting me know how much you and your husband enjoyed this. I love recreating our favorites to be gluten free and I love hearing that others are enjoying them also.


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