Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Paleo apple-plum upside-down cake

I'm not a big recipe-sharer (because I'm not a big recipe maker), but I threw this together on Sunday for my mom's birthday and it was FABULOUS!  So fabulous that I didn't take a picture before devouring it, so you'll have to use your imagination.

This is technically a "paleo" cake, meaning it's grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and supposedly caveman friendly.  I'm not a proponent of any diet ("diet" in this context meaning "a way of eating," not "a method of torturous self-deprivation for the purpose of dropping a few pounds").  I'm gluten-free because I have to be due to Celiac disease, but otherwise I believe in eating a wide variety of foods (mostly whole and unprocessed) for good health.

However, I suspect that my little one might be disturbed by dairy in my diet.  I don't eat much generally, but every time I've eaten a dairy-heavy meal (e.g. a big bowl of greek yogurt for breakfast) she gets super fussy, gassy, cries more, and the diapers.... oh dear.  I cut out all dairy for a little while and she was fine, but the next time I ate yogurt she was miserable.  SO, I'm limiting my intake for the moment.  I'm generally not worried about a sprinkle of cheese here and there or butter in my baked goods, but no more yogurt or big bowls of ice cream for me!

When searching for a recipe that is gluten- and dairy-free and doesn't use refined sugar (something I try to avoid anyway), paleo pops up everywhere!  I find the whole premise of the paleo diet suspect, personally, because I don't believe we have enough information to really know what our paleolithic ancestors were eating.  And, of course, our environment has changed and our needs may have changed with it.  I do like many aspects of the lifestyle though - the emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods, and taking in most of your carbs through fruits and veggies instead of grains.  I am guilty of eating sweet potatoes for lunch and making a turnip stir-fry for dinner in an effort to incorporate more paleo principles into my daily life.

And paleo-baking?  Kind of amazing, if I do say so myself.

Paleo Apple-Plum Upside-Down Cake

For the cake:
2 cups almond flour (I used the almond meal from Trader Joe's - cheap and delicious!)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 t. seasalt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
4 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 T. vanilla extract (you could probably use less, but I like a strong vanilla flavor)
1/2 cup honey

For the topping:
4 plums, slightly firm, sliced thin
1 large apple, sliced thin (I left the peel on)
1 T. coconut oil
1 t. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients for the topping in a bowl, pour into a springform pan and spread around evenly.

Mix all dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.  Add the dry to the wet and mix well.  The batter will be very thick.  Pour the batter on top of the fruit in the springform pan and gently spread so the fruit is evenly covered.

Bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for 40ish minutes (I didn't time this precisely, my bad, but consider it done when the middle is springy to the touch).

I imagine that this would be delicious when served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Not that I've tried it that way, of course  :-(  I dare you to try this with pineapple!

Will a super-smiley baby picture compensate for the lack of imagery to go with this cake?

I thought so.


  1. Holey moley! Sounds fantastic! I am sad there is no pic though. :/

    I suspect the same for Elliott, I think my eating dairy may bother him as well (and coffee...meh). What ever will I do?!

  2. 3 Studies SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually burn fat by eating coconut fat (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medical magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!