Grain-Free Strawberry Upside-Down Cake

strawberry cake

Mother’s Day is upon us and this strawberry upside-down cake is perfect for a celebratory brunch or dinner. It’s not too sweet, incredibly moist, and full of flavor. It’s got that rustic, yet pretty thing going on too.

Traditional upside-down cakes have a lot of sugar, especially in the “top” glaze layer, but I scaled it way back (no refined sugar either) without sacrificing any of the flavor. The strawberries are a nice change-of-pace and pair so well with the cardamom too. This cake can be served warm, room temperature, or cold (keep leftovers in the fridge). I recommend serving it with a generous dollop of  homemade coconut milk whipped cream or if tolerated, dairy-based whipped cream.

Hope you enjoy it. Cheers!


  • 8 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp melted grass-fed butter, separated
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • About 1 cup strawberries, hulled (if need be) and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, preferably pasture-raised
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk (I used this brand, which has no gums)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pour 2 Tbsp of melted butter into a 9-inch cake pan, coating the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the coconut sugar on top of the butter. Then, arrange the strawberry slices on top of the coconut sugar in an even layer.
  3. With a stand or hand mixer, mix the remaining 8 Tbsp melted butter with the raw honey, vanilla, eggs, coconut milk, and lemon juice. Mix until fully blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cardamom.
  5. Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix again, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.
  6. Spread batter evenly over the strawberry layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then, run a knife around the edge of the pan and place a serving dish on top. Invert the cake onto the serving dish and let sit for a few minutes before fully removing the cake pan.
  8. If desired, serve with homemade coconut milk whipped cream or if tolerated, dairy-based whipped cream. Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator.

Yields: 6-8 servings



5-Minute Grain-Free Mug Cake

Grain-free mug cake with fresh berries.

Sometimes you just want cake. Am I right? Well, maybe. Actually, to be honest, I never really crave cake or think about it. I do enjoy grain-free coconut cake with SCD yogurt cream cheese frosting though, but it takes a while to make and involves a large quantity of each of its ingredients. It’s definitely something I have to plan for, and I only make it for special occasions.

Recently though, I bumped into a simple recipe for a grain-free mug cake on a fellow blogger’s site, Writing in White. I felt intrigued to try it, especially because it only made one serving and took no more than five minutes total to make. I tweaked the recipe a bit to make it my own, but credit goes back to Writing in White for the inspiration. For full instructions on how I adjusted this recipe, see below.

The whole process did indeed take five minutes or less and was so easy. It could literally be called, “mug cake for dummies.” The coolest part was watching the cake puff up in the microwave. The mug was about half full of batter and then suddenly, it became all puffy and was standing up out of the mug — kind of like a soufflé. The cake tasted good, almond-y and subtly sweet, which is good for my taste (I don’t like stuff too sweet and my taste buds have adapted to less sweet). I loved it with the fresh berries, but it would also be wonderful with cacao nibs and/or coconut milk whipped cream…or all three!


  • 4 Tbsp almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted, plus a little extra for greasing mug
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 egg, preferably pasture-raised
  • 2 Tbsp full-fat coconut milk or filtered water
  • 1 tsp raw honey, or more if you want it sweeter
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • Fresh berries, for serving


Grease mug with a small amount of melted coconut oil and set aside. Whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl, except for the berries. Transfer into the greased mug and microwave for 90 seconds, until mug cake puffs up and appears fully cooked. Serve with fresh berries and enjoy!

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Mug cake with fresh berries
Mug cake with fresh berries.