15 Creative Vegan Upside Down Cakes!

February 18, 2020
Article by One Green Planet

In the mood for something sweet and sugary? How about a delicious upside down cake, vegan style?! Try out one of the upside down cake recipes below and your sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied!

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1. Strawberry Upside Down Cakes With Vanilla Bean

Strawberry Upside Down Cakes With Vanilla BeanSource: Strawberry Upside Down Cakes With Vanilla Bean

Simple, fluffy vanilla mini cakes are the perfect canvas for sweet and juicy strawberries. Made from a blend of oat flour, millet flour, and arrowroot flour, these cakes are quite moist thanks to applesauce. Serve these Strawberry Upside Down Cakes With Vanilla Bean by Courtney West individually-sized cakes with a cup of your favorite tea.

2. Upside-down Orange Cake

Upside-down Orange CakeSource: Upside-down Orange Cake

This   Upside-down Orange Cake by True Foods Blog tastes better than it looks if that’s possible. The blend of coconut flavor in it is just right! A luscious, fluffy, fruity autumn cake which looks super beautiful as well. And it is so simple to make – just 6 ingredients!

3. Vintage Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Vintage Pineapple Upside-Down CakeSource: Vintage Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

This Vintage Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by Renee McKenzie is just like the one that’s probably camping out in the recesses of your dessert memories – but way better than that. Sweet caramelized pineapple rings, fluffy and tender cake, even the Maraschino cherries make an appearance!

4. Almond Flour Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Almond Flour Pineapple Upside Down CakeSource: Almond Flour Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Lightened up pineapple upside down cake made gluten-free and vegan with almond flour and sweetened with pineapple and unrefined coconut sugar. This Almond Flour Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Lauren Kirchmaier is sure to have your friends asking for the recipe!

5. Upside Down Pear Cake

Upside Down Pear CakeSource: Upside Down Pear Cake

Don’t throw away those over-ripe or bruised pears! This Upside Down Pear Cake by Valentina Goltara is the perfect way ensure that they don’t go to waste. The gluten-free cake is moist and delicious and the pears are slightly caramelized from baking in the oven. If spices are your thing, then feel free to mix pinches of your favorite flavors into the batter; cardamom and cinnamon are both highly recommended.

6. Ginger-Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake

Ginger-Spiced Pear Upside Down CakeSource: Ginger-Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake

This Ginger-Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake by Erin Beccia is comforting with a touch of class. It is spicy, yet nourishing and the combination of ginger and pear is stellar. There’s no better way to impress your guests this than presenting them with an elegant pear upside down cake!

7. Pomegranate and Molasses Upside Down Cake

Pomegranate and Molasses Upside Down CakeSource: Pomegranate and Molasses Upside Down Cake

In this Pomegranate and Molasses Upside Down Cake recipe by Maya Popvich, pomegranate seeds are placed in the bottom of a cake pan and then covered with a rich cake batter flavored with warm spices and molasses. It’s then drizzled with a creamy chocolate sauce that goes perfectly with the tart pomegranate seeds. This wholesome spelt cake is also sweetened entirely with apples and molasses. Make it as a gift for your sweetheart, or keep it all to yourself.

8. Peach Upside Down Cake

Peach Upside Down Cake

Moist and sweet, this Peach Upside Down Cake by Fabio Gallo is scrumptious. Delicious caramelized peaches on a fresh lemon vegan sponge. A upside down cake can be a little tricky, you want to make sure, the fruits are cooked, the sugar caramelized and the sponge is baked. Before reversing the cake, it has to rest for about 10 minutes, so the caramel can set but is still soft enough so the fruits won’t stick to the bottom.

9. Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake

This Apple Upside Down Cake by Jessica Bose is so many layers of delicious. It is bubbling with warm apple flavors and traditional fall spices. Top it off with a vegan whipped cream and you are set with a dessert of your dreams!

10. Banana-Pecan Upside Down Cakes

Banana-Pecan Upside Down Cakes

Bananas do get a little exciting when you do something with them – frozen and added to a smoothie, for instance, or blended into tofu pudding, or mashed and added to muffin batter, or – the best way of all – caramelized. The flavor takes on a whole new rich and decadent dimension. Roasting brings out the tropical in the banana. Which is what makes these simple Banana-Pecan Upside Down Cakes by Annie Oliverio so delicious. The recipe can be easily doubled in case you have more mouths to feed. Mouths that either love or just kinda like bananas. Hey, it’s your duty to get your daily banana!

11. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down CakeSource: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

There’s nothing like a retro dessert. This Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by Bridge Rose always reminds me of birthdays in college when my friend used to make pineapple upside-down cake for me and my friends. Back then neither of us were vegan and used eggs with willful abandon. This version is more hen-friendly, but is full of nostalgia nonetheless.

12. Double Layer Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Double Layer Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pineapple upside down cake is one of my favorite cakes for summer. The caramelized brown sugar that coats the top compliments the tangy pineapple slices as if they were made for each other. This Double Layer Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Nikki Haney is moist and dense, meaning that you can make it 2-3 days ahead of time and it will hold its texture perfectly. Substituting pecans for the maraschino cherries traditionally used in this recipe gives the cake an extra bit of flavor without the addition of dyes or preservatives.

13. Mocha Fig Upside Down Frangipane Bars

Mocha Fig Upside Down Frangipane BarsSource: Mocha Fig Upside Down Frangipane Bars

These Mocha Fig Upside Down Frangipane Bars by Margaux Mouton are all the flavors of a pie in portable form. The bar base is made from a blend of almond meal, oat flour, almond butter, and the surprise addition of sweet potato purée. The top is a delicious, chocolatey compote made by combining figs and carob with a blend of warm, wintery spices. IF (yes, big if) you can resist temptation, let these bars sit in the refrigerator overnight — they taste even sweeter the next day.

14. Citrus Upside Down Muffins

Citrus Upside-Down MuffinsSource: Citrus Upside-Down Muffins

Pineapple upside-down cake will become old news once you try these amazing Citrus Upside-Down Muffins by Taylor Kiser! Slices of sweet Mandarin orange become juicy, caramelized, and irresistible. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the addition of citrus-flavored sparkling water to the batter. The carbonated bubbles create a light, fluffy texture that is unparalleled!

15. Upside Down Peach Brownies

Upside Down Peach BrowniesSource: Upside Down Peach Brownies

Combining chocolate and fruit is never a bad idea, in my opinion. It just makes sense. What could be better than these Upside Down Peach Brownies by Nikki Haney? When I saw a recipe that unites peaches with chocolate brownies, I knew I had to have it on my plate and in my belly as soon as possible. The original list of ingredients from Sandra’s Easy Cooking included eggs and butter, which I swapped out with unsweetened applesauce and Earth Balance. The end result is a beautiful coupling of dense cake and summer fruit that contains just the right amount of sweetness.

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