Healthy Upside Down Cake Recipes

Find healthy, delicious upside down cake recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Pineapple-Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Caramelized pineapple chunks are balanced by fresh ginger for a sweet, but not overly sweet, cake. Serve this light and fluffy dessert at a brunch or potluck.
By Pam Lolley

Pear Upside-Down Cake

In this update of a retro dessert, a judicious amount of caramel coats the bottom of the pan before the fruit and batter are added. If you have a melon baller, pull it out—it's the perfect tool for coring pears.
By Virginia Willis

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 4.91 stars
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The basic recipe for this cake is very versatile and can be made with apples, pears, peaches or any full-flavored, slightly acidic fruit. The cake is best served warm. (Recipe adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.)

Bananas Foster Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 4 stars
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The tableside flambéing of bananas Foster sure is impressive ... if someone else is making it for you. This cake has all the flavors of the New Orleans classic in easier-to-prepare cake form that's just as stunning as the original for a healthier dessert you'll be proud to serve.

Apple-Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Leaving the peel on the apples adds fiber to this low calorie cake recipe without interfering with the flavor.

Upside-Down Cinnamon-Pecan Coffee Cake

Rating: 2 stars
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Layering the ingredients in this coffee cake recipe right into the pan lets you skip the steps of making the batter and the nut topping separately. To make this healthy one-bowl dessert so it can be served like pull-apart rolls, dollop 16 equal portions of batter over the nuts. If you don't want to fuss with that, dollop the batter on top however you like.

Pineapple Oatmeal Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 1 stars
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Adding whole-grain oatmeal to this upside-down cake and topping it with fresh pineapple makes this diabetic-friendly dessert right-side-up.

Tangerine Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 5 stars
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Deliciously caramelized tangerines make a beautiful topping for the “up side” on this healthy vanilla cake. Serve dolloped with vanilla whipped cream.

Blueberry-Peach Upside-Down Cake

This upside-down cake is the perfect dessert for a summer party. Full of fresh blueberries and peaches, flavored with a touch of ginger and topped with vanilla frozen yogurt, it's a sweet and refreshing way to end a meal.

Blood Orange Upside-Down Cake

Upside-down cakes have a built-in wow factor with a layer of glacéed-looking fruit. This cake includes almond flour to give it richness and added moisture, plus zest for a more intense layer of blood orange flavor.

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 3.86 stars
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Rosy-pink rhubarb makes a particularly pretty upside-down cake. We balanced the fruit's tang with a crunchy nut-and-brown-sugar topping.

Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 4.2 stars
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Retro, creamy and delicious, this cake is the frozen version of the beloved classic. This takes a bit of extra time to make--but it's worth it.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Upside-Down Orange Carrot Cake
Add some pizzazz to crowd-pleasing carrot cake with sweet, crunchy pecans and orange-citrus.
Upside-Down Cake with Poached Dried Fruits
Poached dried fruits make a stunning upside-down cake. Use a variety of fruits for a colorful and rich-tasting cake.

Plum-Almond Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 5 stars
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Jewel-like plums are beautiful in this almond-flavored upside-down cake.