vegan pineapple upside-down cake

Since the bridal shower, everyone has been asking me for my vegan pineapple upside-down cake recipe! This cake turned out super moist and delicious, and to be perfectly honest, I enjoyed it more than the cupcakes! I would make this again for any special occasion or dinner party. I used whole wheat pastry flour and very little oil, so the cake is pretty healthy, compared to your average dessert. There is definitely some sugar but I opted for the less processed brown sugar and agave syrup to sweeten. The banana adds a wonderful flavor, and I highly recommend incorporating it! Enjoy!!

Pineapple Upside-down Cake

by Lindsay

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Keywords: bake dessert vegetarian vegan

Ingredients (1 cake)

  • 3 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 c. + 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. agave nectar syrup (or honey)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbs. canola oil
  • 1 tbs. fresh grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 1 can pineapple chunks
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6 maraschino cherries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in large mixing bowl.

Drain juice from both cans of pineapple and set aside (save this!). Puree pineapple chunks using a hand-held immersion blender or food processor, and set aside.

Puree bananas using blender or food processor. You can add a little water to make this process easier.

Combine 1 c. of the sugar, agave netar syrup, canola oil, pineapple juice, pineapple puree, banana puree and orange zest in mixing bowl. (You may use a stand-up mixer or electric mixer). Mix on medium speed until combined.

Add dry ingredients in small batches, until fully incorporated.

Grease a large bundt pan (or cake pan) by hand or with spray.

Layer pineapple rings with cherries along the bottom.

Sprinkle 1/4 c. of brown sugar over the fruit and add cake mix on top.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

After cake has cooled, flip cake stand or plate upside down over cake bottom and flip cake over to remove from pan.

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  1. Meri says:

    Wow- turned out great looking! It looks fairly easy, too. Thanks! I just made my first pineapple upside down cake in May but used a box…

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