Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Light, moist, tropically fruity with that dash of coconut this truly is an extra special dessert!


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake


It’s 4.30pm in the afternoon but I can barely keep my eyes open as I struggle to adjust from the time difference. I’m freshly back from the beautiful islands of Hawaii – a truly magical place with stunning views, beaches and food that absolutely deserves its nickname of paradise.


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake


Hawaii - wonderful weather, idyllic beaches, fascinating landscape and without a doubt some of the most plump delicious fruits I have ever tasted.


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake


Those huge golden pineapples with their sensational sherbetie flavour were so amazing and so readily available everywhere. There wasn’t a day that I didn’t have pineapple at least twice or more. Every breakfast, at the roadside next to a viewing spot for a canyon or waterfall. On a catamaran, at an art gallery, during a waterfall hike and even after zip lining! And every one was perfect.


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake


I have never before visited a place with so much beautiful produce. Avocados, mangos, grapefruits, bananas, oranges and macadamia nut trees to name but a few growing in peoples gardens, farms and at the roadside.


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake


It inspired my imagination and I decided on the very very very long plane journey back to the UK, and the cold, damp English climate that, as attribute to such a beautiful place, I would make a series of Hawaiian themed treat - starting with a Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake.


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake


It is so moist with that wonderful caramelized pineapple tropical taste and texture. It is light and delightful – sweet decadent and tasty.

Hope you enjoy this little taste of Hawaii…………………………..


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Prep Time: 20 mins                         Bake Time 40 mins                          

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Serves: 12- 18                                   


Coconut Syrup:

½ Cup Coconut Milk

½ Cup Light Coconut Blossom Syrup

1 tbsps. Arrowroot Powder


1 Cup Chopped Pineapple

2 tbsps. Desiccated Coconut



½ Cup Coconut Oil – melted

¾ Cup Light Coconut Blossom Syrup

½ Cup Almond Flour

¼ Cup Rice Flour

¼ Cup Tapioca Flour

2 tbsps. Arrowroot Powder

½ Cup Desiccated Coconut

1 tsp. Powdered Vanilla

¼ Cup Non Dairy Milk

2 tbsps. Non Dairy Yoghurt

1 tsp. Baking Powder

½ tsps. BiCarb


1) Whisk to together all the ingredients for the coconut syrup and place on a medium heat for about 2 mins whisking continuously.


2) The mix will start to thicken – remove from the heat and allow to cool.


3) Preheat the oven to 170˚C  


4) Spread the syrup on the base of a lined 7 x 11 inch baking tray. Place the pineapple on over the top and sprinkle with the desiccated coconut.


5) Beat together the melted coconut oil and coconut syrup until fully combined.


6) Add in the almond flour, rice flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot powder, desiccated coconut and vanilla and beat until smooth.


7) Whilst continuing to beat the mix slowly add the milk.


8) Finally add the yoghurt, baking powder and BiCarb and beat until fully combined.


9) Spread over the syrup and pineapple.


10) Place in the oven for 40 mins. After about 15 mins cover with a piece of brown paper to prevent the top from over browning.


11) Remove from the oven and cool completely in the tin before and slicing.


Hawaiian Pineapple and Coconut Upside Down Cake



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