Gluten-Free Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing


9 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
This classic dessert gets a gluten-free makeover! Be sure to use a gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum to produce the best texture. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Gluten-Free Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free baking flour (with xanthan gum)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 maraschino cherries
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan, combine butter and brown sugar. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/2 cup juice. Arrange 9 pineapple slices in a single layer over sugar (refrigerate any remaining slices for another use). Sprinkle pecans over pineapple; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Blend in vanilla and reserved pineapple juice. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to batter, beating well.
  3. In a small bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Spread into pan.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before inverting onto serving plate. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice. If desired, serve with whipped cream.
Gluten-Free Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Tips

Can you serve gluten-free pineapple upside-down cake right after flipping?

You need to flip the cake within the proper time frame in order for the topping to seep down into the rest of the cake. For this gluten-free pineapple upside-down cake recipe, you should wait 10 minutes before flipping. However, if you wait too long, just pop your cake back in the oven for a moment to help it warm up for a neat release. After you've flipped the cake, you can either serve it right away with fresh whipped cream or wait for it to cool.

What can you serve with gluten-free pineapple upside-down cake?

Let the pineapple and cherry flavors round out a fun tiki dinner. Try serving gluten-free pineapple upside-down cake with luau-worthy Kalua pork and a classic Mai Tai. Or, you can serve it simply with whipped cream and a cup of coffee.

How should you store gluten-free pineapple upside-down cake?

Sweet upside-down cakes are best served on the day they’re made, fresh from the oven. Any leftovers should be tightly covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Warm up a piece in the microwave to reignite its caramelly magic! If you liked this recipe, check out more of our favorite gluten-free dessert recipes and other gluten-free bakes, whether you eat them for breakfast or dessert.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 428 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 246mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.