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Gluten Free Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Who doesn’t love upside down cake, I mean it’s upside down, come on what is not to love?  This Gluten Free Cranberry Upside Down Cake is a unique way to showcase fresh cranberries.

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Gluten Free Cranberry Upside Down Cake

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10



  • 3/4 cup of pure organic maple syrup
  • 1/2 stick 4 tablespoons unsalted grass fed butter, melted
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries about 2 cups
  • Zest from 1 orange preferably organic


  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick 4 ounces unsalted grass fed butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut cream cream from can of classic organic coconut milk



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Butter a 9-inch round pan
  • In a bowl stir to combine maple syrup, butter, zest and cranberries. Pour into prepared pan.


  • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and spices together in a bowl.
  • Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and maple syrup.
  • Add the eggs, 1 at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition, then add the vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the coconut cream in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  • Spread the batter over cranberry topping.
  • Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until lightly golden and firm on top. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack before slicing and serving. The cake will keep, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.


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36 comments on “Gluten Free Cranberry Upside Down Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    Taste great! Cake is light and moist and goes well with ice cream. Will definitely make again and again.

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    Margaret Haffner

    Hi, could you please clarify the amount of butter for the topping – is it half a stick, or is it 4 ounces (which would be a full stick)? Thank you

    1. Hi Margaret, Thanks for the catch, it should say 4 tablespoons. I apologize for the typo. Have a wonderful holiday!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    How gorgeous is this cake??? I’m obsessed with all things cranberry right now, and love the hint of orange zest too!

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    5 stars
    Awesome! I grew up on upside down cake but I love the twist you have on it. Thanks for the great recipe!

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