Pineapple upside down cake on a cake plate with a piece taken out

This post is for my mother.

Yes, a recipe is involved too.  But I choose this recipe with my mother in mind.  To honor her in some way.

Closeup of pineapple upside down cake on a cake plate with a piece taken out

You see, my mom once told me that her mother used to make pineapple-upside down cake every year for her birthday and this was her favorite cake.  I never got to meet my grandmother on my mom’s side.  But I’m guessing she must have been a neat lady.  I’m guessing this because anyone who likes to bake and cook is “neat” in my book, and also because she raised the beautiful woman who is my mother.
A piece of Pineapple Upside-Down cake on a tray with a fork, pink beverage and old recipe card
My mom is seriously one of the most hard working and giving people I’ve ever met.  I’m serious.  She never stops.  She is constantly on the go taking care of everyone else, and giving so much of herself.  I appreciate her more than I could really ever verbally express.
So mom, this is for you.  I wish I could be with you today, and if I were I would make you this cake.
Happy Mother’s Day mom and to all the other mother’s out there who give so much of themselves to take care of their families and friends.
Pineapple upside down cake on a cake plate with a piece taken out

Whole Pineapple Upside-Down Cake on a cake stand

Pineapple upside down cake on a cake plate with a piece taken out

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • pineapple rings
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or coconut, soy, or regular milk)
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar


  1. Grease the bottom of an 8inch round pan with coconut oil.
  2. Sprinkle the coconut sugar over the oil.
  3. Lay the pineapple rings in an even layer over the sugar.
  4. Place maraschino cherries in the center of each pineapple ring.
  5. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the pineapple slices. Set aside while preparing batter.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  7. Combine all of the cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  8. Use a hand mixer or a whisk and mix all ingredients until well combined
  9. Pour the cake batter over the pineapple in the cake pan
  10. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center
  11. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before flipping out onto a serving platter.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0