Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake (grain-free)

Ali Segersten Nov 21, 2012 19 comments
Cranberry Orange Upside Down Cake (grain-free)

I adore cranberries as you probably already know if you've been reading my blog. This healthy cranberry orange upside down cake recipe isn't very rich or sweet. In fact I sweeten it with just a few tablespoons of maple syrup. It's plenty sweet for my family though. Once you cut sugar out of your diet your taste buds become very sensitive to the sweet flavor and you just don't crave or desire sugar. In fact, you might even become repulsed by it!

This cake uses high-fiber coconut flour with the addition of arrowroot powder. The combination of the two flours creates a fantastic texture. This recipe is very simple to make, in fact, you can put it together in minutes! I posted a recipe very similar to this last summer, remember? You can go back and check out my Apricot-Cherry Upside Down Cake post for more photos on assembling the cake.

You can vary this recipe and make a Pear-Gingerbread Upside Down Cake too! Replace the 2 tablespoons of orange juice with 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses. Add 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves to the dry ingredients. Core and thinly slice 2 ripe pears and arrange them in a concentric pattern on the bottom of the pan.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Made it last night. It's gone tonight... My oven is very fussy, had to bake it double time and it was a bit dry. But yummy nevertheless! Thank you

Hello Ali!
I made this for dessert last night. It was great - and I will definitely be making it again.

Instead of using whole cranberries, I subbed in the pulp from a juice I had made earlier in the day, which was made up of 2 oranges, 1 apple and about 1 cup of cranberries. It was a neat way to successfully "do" something with the pulp.
Chrystal in Canada

So beautiful and so delicious-sounding. Definitely going to have to try this.

Dear Ali I absolutely love your website and all your recipes although I have noticed in the last couple of months there have been a lot of posts for deserts. I try to limit sugar in any form and I have found myself visiting the site less and less. Please keep the delicious and nutritious recipes coming :)

So glad I found your site! You have great recipes! This cranberry cake looks amazing!! Definitely making!!

I made this and used a spring-form pan and didnt turn it upside down..loved it. its in the oven for round #2. didnt have OJ or zest so used lemon juice, fresh, both times. i LOVE the texture of it. Thanks Ali!

Wow! looks yummy and delicious! I love cranberry. This really perfect for a good afternoon dessert.

That looks delicious! I've never tried a grain-free cake, think this might be a good place to start, thanks!

Baked this cake yearsterday. Love it. Very easy and tastes good. Thanks for the recipe.

Made this yesterday and it's amazing!! I have been sugar free for past 3 weeks so this with it's little amount of maple syrup just has the perfect sweetness! I am double the recipe and make it into muffins.

I just bought some coconut flour today and have been looking for a recipe to use it and then I found this. I prefer not the use added sugar in my recipes but maybe a little stevia could replace the maple syrup.

The pear/gingerbread version sounds amazing!!

Looks lovely! Is there a substitute for Arrowroot flour? All purpose GF-flour perhaps? Thanks for posting!

What a gorgeous cake Ali! I'm definitely going to try that flour combo - coconut flour does need something to lighten it. Have a great Thanksgiving!

I'm in Saskatchewan too - I bought it off

Where can we buy your new book in Canada? I'm in Saskatchewan. It's not available at or Chapters / Indigo! :( I love your first one and would really like a copy of this one.

I don't have any coconut flour on hand - what substitutions would you recommend (I have oatmeal flour and all purpose gf flour in my pantry)? Thank you for your all of delicious recipes and educational posts!

That looks delicious!

Can this be made vegan? Can the eggs be substituted with flaxseed meal eggs? It looks great!
Sherry @ MissionMama

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