Upside Down Apple Pinwheel Cake

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on May 23, 2011

Okay, think of how long it took you to make your last apple pie with a homemade crust.

If you’ve never made a home baked apple pie, I totally understand why.

Now, divide that by 5.

The result? Upside Down Apple Pinwheel Cake.

It tastes very similar to apple pie, but I didn’t have to go through all of the work to get it!

The top is ooeey and gooeey, it’s low in sugar, high in fiber, and I bet it would go fantastic with ice cream.

It could be served as a breakfast, or dessert. I’ve opted to make this our breakfast tomorrow morning with a fresh fruit salad and eggs + bacon for the boys.


Upside Down Apple Pinwheel Cake

Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

A low sugar cake that resembles apple pie. Made with coconut and sorghum flours, surrounded by cinnamon drenched apples.


Pinwheel bottom

  • 2 medium organic gala or granny smith apples, cored and sliced – do not peel!
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch/powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut/palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp flax seed, ground
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg


  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened original almond milk *see note
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and line the bottom of a 8-inch springform cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix sunflower oil coconut sugar and cinnamon at the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread evenly with fingers to coat and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.
  5. Drop wet into dry and beat the ingredients until the batter is silky and smooth. If the batter is stiff, add a little more milk to thin.
  6. Set aside the slices from one apple and place the remaining slices in the batter. Stir to combine.
  7. Place remaining apple slices at the bottom of your prepared pan in the shape of a pinwheel.
  8. Scoop the batter into your prepared pan and smooth it out with your hands.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool on wire rack for 15 minutes before removing from springform pan and serving.

Makes 6-8 slices depending on size.

note: start with 1/2 cup milk and slowly work your way up. You don’t want the batter to be stiff, it should be smooth and silky.


Kevin and I may or may not have shared a slice this morning.

Hey, it’s important to make sure the food you’re feeding your guests is up to par!

In other news, I’ve changed a couple of things around on the blog! I’ve added:

  • recipe page where you can see the image of each and every one of my recipes.
  • health tab that links you to all of my journey to health, food for thought, and health article posts.
  • training tab with my newest 1/2 marathon training plan.
  • category section on the bottom of each page.

I’m hoping these changes will make it easier for all of you to find what you’re looking for.

Are there any other changes you’d like to see?

Have a fabulous night, all!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina @ spabettie

this looks wonderful, Leanne! I made a fibered up version of a berry clafouti this weekend, and that is EXACTLY what I was thinking – so much easier, I may never make a traditional pie again! :)



This looks phenomenal. I’ve never made apple pie – I leave that up to my mom! And actually…I don’t think I’ve ever made any pie. Uh-oh. Sounds like a challenge…
I’m psyched to see that this has sorghum flour in it. I still have an unopened bag that will need to be opened very soon.


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

Oh yes. Any warm apple dish is guaranteed to make me swoon.


Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

I actually think making pie crust is easy peasy!! Yet this looks absolutely delicious (as all your recipes do :) ) I usually just mix flour and almond butter to make crust. easy as pie :P


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, that sounds amazing!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

your cake looks divine!

and congrats on the bloggie organizational stuff. I spent time doing that today too…nothing major just cleaning up (some) of the recipes w/in categories, etc etc…boring to anyone else but housekeeping that DOES make it more user friendly…good for you for doing it too!


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

It was SO much work. But, totally worth it, you’re right!



This looks ever so tasty! It seems like a good way to put my coconut flour to use!



Very impressive ingredient list! I love this sort of dessert/breakfast. I’ve made a similar ‘cake’ but can’t wait to try this recipe. Oh, and your additions to your blog are very lovely.



yummm i love warm apple anything! that looks great!



oooo love your site! I just found it from your guest post at What Runs Lori. Awesome stuff! I cant wait to read some more goodies!


Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

That apple cake looks wonderful, I’ve never made an apple pie before. How tasty! :D



This is such a great recipe! I really want to try it! I love how you make things so healthy…where do you find your coconut flour and sugar? I have SUCH a hard time finding that…



That looks wonderful.



A cake that taste like apple pie without all the work!! YES PLEASE!!


The Farmers Wife

I LOVE this recipe Leanne! I am with you, Apple Pies are a pain to make, and this looks so much better anyway!



Apple pie without all the work?! Ooooh that sounds yummy good!


Tyson F. Gautreaux

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Happy When Not Hungry

This looks delicious and beautiful!


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