Ah, upside down cake. I have fond memories of enjoying this treat with my dad, whose absolute favorite cake is pineapple upside down cake. Fortunately, these paleo cake recipes are free of grains, refined sugars, dairy, and other unhealthy ingredients, so you can enjoy these upside down cakes without guilt!
1. Paleo Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Made simple with almond flour, eggs, pineapple, coconut oil, vanilla, cherries, and fresh pineapple, this cake recipe is your paleo version of a classic pineapple upside down cake, and it’s such a close replica of the original, sugar-and-flour-filled treat.
2. Caramelized Apple Upside Down Cake
Nothing goes together better than caramel and apples, so this upside down cake is my favorite on the list today. Cinnamon, vanilla bean paste, honey, almond flour, olive oil, maple syrup, almond butter, and almond milk make a creamy cake base and a silky caramel sauce.
3. Paleo Banana Upside Down Cake
The traditional flavor for upside-down cake is pineapple, but who says you can’t use bananas? Nobody! So enjoy this paleo banana upside-down cake, which is gooey, delicious, and healthy enough you could eat it for breakfast without feeling guilty.
4. Clementine Upside Down Cake
This upside-down cake is decorated with beautiful little clementine slices, and made with a base of almond flour, tapioca flour, and coconut flour—a paleo trifecta that creates an amazing texture you can’t beat. Applesauce adds moisture and vanilla extract gives the cake an oranges-and-cream flavor.
5. Apple Honey Upside Down Cake
Perfect for fall, this upside down cake is made with apples and honey, along with seasonings like ground ginger, cardamom, allspice, and cloves. Because it’s made mostly from almond flour, it’s high in protein and has an almondy-sweet flavor that blends perfectly with the apples and honey.
6. Cardamom Caramel Pear Upside Down Cake
The magic marriage of cardamom and pear in this cake recipe is enhanced by the sweetness of sticky paleo caramel and a gooey pear topping made with brown butter ghee, maple or coconut sugar, and cinnamon. With the combination of almond, tapioca, and coconut flours, you get a perfect texture.
7. Pineapple Spiced Upside Down Cake
This classic upside down cake is made with coconut flour, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, honey, vanilla, and mayo, which gives the cake its moist, sticky-sweet texture. The combination of pineapple and spices is both classic and unique.
8. Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
I can’t get over how gorgeous this cake is, with shades of red, magenta, pink, orange, and yellow. The rhubarb is tart and the strawberries are sweet, and the combination of coconut milk and honey creates a rich cake that’s the perfect base for the tangy topping.
9. Apple Bacon Upside Down Cake
Yes, this is a bacon cake. A bacon upside down cake, to be specific, with apples, vanilla, coconut sugar, olive oil, and other delicious ingredients. The bacon adds a sweet-and-savory, salt tang that perfectly complements the gooey, sweet apples. This cake is a winner.
10. Flourless Apricot Upside Down Cake
Made with apricots, almond meal, honey or maple syrup (to replace the rice malt syrup), coconut milk, olive oil, cinnamon, and vanilla, this cake is full of delicate and sophisticated flavors with a deliciously sweet and soft apricot topping—an elegant departure from pineapple.
11. Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This version of pineapple upside down cake has a simple ingredient list with coconut flour as the only flour and lots of eggs, giving you a protein-rich base that holds up under the gooey pineapple topping. Honey and maple syrup are the only sweeteners, and they’re optional!
12. Peach Upside Down Cake
If there’s any fruit that melts into delicious perfection when you bake it into or on a cake, it’s peaches. This cake is made with mainly almond flour, with butter, maple syrup, vanilla almond milk, coconut sugar, and lots of sliced peaches for a summery flavor.
13. Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Because pineapple already has a deliciously tropical flavor (seeing as it is, in fact, tropical), coconut is an excellent pairing in the form of coconut flour, full-fat coconut milk, and coconut oil. This cake is sweetened with honey, which helps create the classic sticky texture.
14. Blueberry Upside Down Cake
I bet you weren’t expecting to see a blueberry recipe on this list! But yes, you can make upside down cakes with blueberry and yes, they are delicious. This one has flavors of bourbon vanilla, cinnamon, raw honey, maple syrup, and fresh blueberries.