Pear Upside-Down Cake Is Vegan and Gluten-Free

Delicious cake that is full of only healthy ingredients.

This pear upside-down cake is so delicious and it is gluten-free, vegan which means it is dairy & egg-free. It is made with very healthy ingredients.

Pears grow in Edmonton! They are small but they are tasty and juicy.  A friend lets me pick bags full of pears from his big tree. Thus, I get to make this very yummy gluten-free cake made with healthy ingredients.

All of the ingredients I used have great health benefits too.

Pears the star ingredient in this cake has more nutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient (surprising since they are so sweet). They are what I call a Smart Carb. and are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, copper & vitamin K. They are often considered a hypoallergenic fruit that is less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits by healthcare practitioners making them a great first fruit fed to infants as a safe way to start.

Thick, dark, syrupy, sweet blackstrap molasses is more than something to make candy or cookies with; it has many benefits, from helping prevent cancer to getting rid of grey hair. It is a superfood full of health benefits. Learn the 7 Blackstrap Molasses Health Benefits.

For this recipe and all my recipes, I use Himalayan salt which is actually good for you!

Coconut oil is actually coconut oilvery good for us. In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats. Learn the 12 benefits of  Coconut Oil, this newly declared an Amazing SuperFood.

Brown Rice Flour has become a staple in my baking adding fiber and nutrition.  It assists in weight loss, helps reduce cholesterol and balances energy.  It is low cost and adds a somewhat dry gritty crumbly texture.

White Rice Flour – I use this for shortbread and pastry making as it adds a lightness and texture.  It works best when combined with high protein flours to balance texture and build the structure. Caution: Use only small amounts as it has less nutrition than brown and is tending to be starchy.

Potato Flour is high in fibre and protein and is a fine creamy white-yellow powder.  It is made from dehydrated whole potatoes and is a healthy substitute for xanthan gum or guar gumCautions: Don’t confuse with potato starch. Use much less.

Pear Upside-Down Cake
Pear Upside-Down Cake Is Vegan and Gluten-Free

One of the binding ingredients is flax seeds which are a great substitute for eggs in baking. 9 Egg Substitutes for Tasty Vegan Baking Without Eggs.

The flaxseed has only been recognized for all the wonderful health benefits in the last few decades even though it has been cultivated for their health benefits for 5000 years!  Learn all about Flaxseed and It’s Many Health Benefits and Uses.

Arrowroot is well tolerated by food-allergic people, even those with multiple allergies.  High nutritional properties that enhance baking performance.  It has a chewy texture and increased browning capabilities.  It is one of the few healthy starches- read my article  Arrowroot Flour for Healthy Gluten-Free Baking

Ginger is a wonderful herb superfood full of health benefits. Spicy aromatic ginger adds a unique flavour to this cake. The many wonderful health benefits of ginger also cause the cells of my body to glow with gratitude. Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine have used ginger to help cure and prevent health problems for thousands of years. In the west, we are just learning how valuable it is.

Pear Upside Down Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword cake, Gluten-free, pear, pear cake, Vegan, vegetarian
Author Diana Herrington


Gluten-Free Flour Mix

  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato flour
  • 1/2 cup flax meal*
  • 1/4 cup white rice flour

Bottom of the Cake

  • 2 cups sliced pears
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 3 tsp fresh ginger grated


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup rice syrup
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 2/3 cup water


  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Oil an 8” X 8” cake pan.
  • Slice 2 cups of pears.
  • Arrange the pears into the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Sprinkle the pears with arrowroot powder.
  • Sprinkle the ginger over the pears.
  • Mix the oil, rice syrup, and molasses together in a bowl.
  • Add 1 cup of gluten-free flour, mix in well.
  • Add 1/3 cup o water, mix in well.
  • Add 1 cup of gluten-free flour, mix in well.
  • Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
  • Add 1/4 cup of gluten-free flour.
  •  Mix in well and quickly.
  •  Immediately pour the batter into the cake pan on top of the pear mixture.
  •  Spread the batter evenly over the pears.
  • Bake at 350º F. in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Leave the cake in the pan for 5 minutes on a cooling rack; it is too light and fragile to turn over. Once it cools a bit it will become firmer and easier to turn over.
  • Gently turn cake over onto a cooling rack. (loosen the edges of the cake with a knife first.) It is important to get it out of the pan as the pears on the bottom will make a soggy cake if you do not.

* This is for an egg-free vegan recipe, learn more about Eggs Substitutes.

Four more very tasty pear recipes:

Pear Upside Down Cake
Pear Hazelnut Crumble

Pear Hazelnut Crumble – This is a very healthy dessert filled with healthy pears, coconut oil, oats and the hazelnuts which go so well with the pears making it extra yummy.

Green Salad with Pecans and Pears – Here is a way to get lots of greens in with this green salad with pecans and pears. It is naturally sweet and when you add some pecans it becomes incredibly delicious. We know how important it is to get those greens into our bodies every day so here is a way to enjoy them.

 Cinnamon Pear Apple Fruit Salad – This cinnamon pear salad is so delicious, especially in the winter. At that time of year, there are not so many fresh fruits in season. Apples and pears last a long time in the fridge.

Pear Green Smoothie – Try this delicious Pear Green Smoothie.

 Cinnamon Pear Apple Fruit Salad – This cinnamon pear salad is so delicious, especially in the winter. At that time of year, there are not so many fresh fruits in season. Apples and pears last a long time in the fridge.

More Gluten-Free Vegan Cake Recipes

Pear Upside Down Cake
Healthy Apple Cake is Gluten-Free & Vegan

Sweet Plum Cake – I love this healthy sweet plum cake that is gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free cake. For me, it is also important that there are no unhealthy sugars and any healthy sugars be in small quantities. Being vegan is important to me.

 Delicious Gingerbread Cake is Gluten-free – This gingerbread cake is gluten-free, vegan and simply delicious! The heat of the ginger balances off the sweeter elements so it doesn’t feel heavy. This was only recently perfected with some experimentation.

 Apple Cake is Gluten-Free & Vegan & Healthy – This apple cake is gluten-free, vegan and without all that white sugar is my kind of cake. It is egg-free too which is important as eggs are not good for me. Also, it is delicious.

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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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  1. Thank you for the recipe Diana. I do have a question. Stevia is mentioned in step 7 but is not in the ingredients list. How much stevia do you use?


  2. Jeff, I had put stevia in during my experimenting then took it out in the finalized version because it did not really need it; the pears are so sweet. I have now deleted it. You can add 1/4 tsp of liquid stevia if you wish it to be sweeter. Thank you for your question.

  3. In the ingredients list you say to have 1 cup of sliced pears, but in the method you say 2 cups of pears, which is correct ??

  4. Thanks for publishing this. It’s good to know that the kuzu I have been using all these years is the most healthful option. My daughter suggested that I try the arrowroot. I can’t wait to try your Pear-upside-down cake especially as it is gluten free. Looks and sounds yummy and I’m positive my hubby won’t be complaining!

    1. That is great to hear you have been using kuzu; it is so good. I would use it more except for the higher cost. Let me know how your cake turns out and if you do anything different. Happy cake making Shulamit!

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