This is the most ridiculous “day” ever. However, we have kids (hence, the name paleoPARENTS.com). Kids love cheesy holidays. So, when I (yes, this is a rare Stacy recipe!) found out that today was National Pineapple Upside Down Day I knew Cole (who lists pineapple as one of his top 3 favorite foods of all time) would want to celebrate.
With dinner guests already scheduled to come over (long-time blog readers and book owners will remember James & Brady from Hot Pot), I reached out to see if they’d mind grabbing a pineapple on their way. Of course they wanted cake!
Once they arrived, Liz and I (once again) entered the test kitchen – and (once again) magic happened! In case you’re wondering, we did not succeed on the first try – don’t think magic cake happens without experimentation! Luckily, we experiment so you don’t have to.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 C palm sugar
- 1 C water
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 fresh pineapple (optional)
- 1 can pineapple rings, divided:
- 1/2 C diced pineapple
- 2 Tbsp pineapple juice
- remaining rings if not using fresh pineapple noted above
- 1/2 C coconut oil, liquified
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 C almond flour
- 1/3 C coconut flour
- 1/3 C tapioca flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
- ♥ Grease bottom of 9×13 pan with coconut oil
- Bring palm sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes)
- Add baking soda and stir quickly off the heat to thicken (Eat Like a Dinosaur owners will recognize this as a version of the caramel sauce)
- ♥ Meanwhile, prep your pineapple. Drain the juice from the pineapple and set aside. If using a fresh pineapple too (recommended) slice into 1/2″ rounds. We used an apple corer to make them have that pretty, perfect look – they also sell this fancy tool.
- Pour warm, thick “caramel” sauce into cake pan of your choice (we used an 9×13 cake pan).
- ♥ Lay your pineapple rounds (canned or fresh, your choice) down at the bottom of your cake pan. The more you can cram in, the better. No one wants a piece without pineapple on top!
- ♥ Combine the 2nd set of (wet) ingredients in a food processor – use only 1/2 cup pineapple and 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice and save the rest for adding to water or other refreshing drinks!
- ♥ Add the 3rd set of (dry) ingredients to the food processor, and pulse until just combined.
- ♥ Gently spread the cake batter over the pineapple rings.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Once cooked, let your cake sit for 5 MINUTES (no longer, no shorter) before “flipping” onto large serving dish.
- I dare you not to enjoy!
As always, ♥ steps are eligible for munchkin participation!
This is an impressive dish that’s really not much effort at all. Whether it’s being served at a Mad Men themed cocktail party or a kids’ birthday – it will be enjoyed. It would serve around 8-10 people, if you can hold yourself back from 2nds.