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Vegan Cake Recipes: Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake
I recently began watching episodes of Cupcake Wars on Netflix. Admittedly, I am seriously behind in my pop culture. The only reason I knew about the show was because one of my favorite vegan chefs, Chloe Coscarelli, won an episode of the “Wars” several years back. What a frantic mess of a show! I couldn’t pull my eyes away from the chaos in the kitchen. I love watching people be creative with their cooking and baking, expanding on themes and ingredients, abandoning recipes, throwing flour in the air and getting a little crazy! I imagine it was the same inventive craziness that created the Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Recently, after a phone call with a friend, my daughter Ellessia asked me, “Mom, my friend Karly was eating Pineapple Upside Down Cake for breakfast. What the heck is Pineapple Upside Down Cake?” This led us on an adventure to explore the possibility of a vegan version. The following recipe was a hit in our home. It didn’t make it past dinnertime. We then revisited it at Thanksgiving; apparently it’s my father’s favorite dessert. I add a twist on the theme with the King Arthur Bakery flavoring “Fleur Di Sicilia.” Being Sicilian myself, it seemed fitting. The flavoring adds to the tropical taste and brings a bit of summer into my waning autumn. May it brighten your Holiday Dessert tray.

Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: Serves 6-8, or 4 very hungry Vegan Sicilians
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar, or Sucanat
  • 15 oz Can Whole Organic Pineapple Slices
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
  • 1 2/3 Cup All Purpose Flour- or Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar- your choice
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt- I prefer Pink Himalyan
  • 3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice- left over from can
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tsp Fleur Di Sicilia Flavoring


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spread 1 Tbsp of coconut oil onto bottom of pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar or sucanat.
3. Artfully arrange pineapple slices and coconut flakes on bottom of the pan.
4. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, coconut milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and the Fleur Di Sicilia.
6. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Batter should be thick. Do not over mix.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan on top of pineapple.
8. Bake in oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
9. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes. Carefully invert the cake onto a serving platter. Add a few more flakes of coconut for decoration.

Enjoy! Goes super well with a cup of Green Tea.

Also by Angie: The Best Vegan Mashed Sweet Potato

More vegan cake recipes: Vegan Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream

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Photo: Angie Follensbee-Hall

  • Artfully Arrange Pineapple and Coconut Flakes
  • Mix together Wet and Dry Ingredients
  • Pour Batter Into Prepared Pan
  • Finished Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  • Enjoy a Slice of Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Angie Follensbee-Hall

Angie Follensbee-Hall

Founder at Jai Studios
Passionate about the vegan lifestyle and plant based eating, Angie Follensbee-Hall is a mother, wife, artist, and yoga practitioner. Angie is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level, an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Reiki Master Teacher and Attunement healing practitioner, and a lifelong artist. She has created and directed 7 yoga teacher training programs (5- 200 hour programs, and 2 – 300 hour programs) since 2013. Angie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Summa Cum Laude, and continues to create and exhibit her Mixed Media Paper Creations. Angie is passionate about the field of education and is embarking on a two year graduate journey to complete a Master of Arts in Education at Goddard College, beginning spring 2019, with a concentration in embodied pedagogy. Learn more about Angie at:
  • Maureen Cram

    Have never found a recipe for PUDC that I really wanted to try. But now there is this one! Definitely going to make this one very soon :).

    • Angie

      I hope you like it. Let me know how it turns out, Maureen!

  • Angie

    In case you are wondering what Feur Di Sicilia is- I spelled it wrong! But here is the direct link to the King Arthur Bakery Shop. I think its an essential flavoring in the kitchen:

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