Upside-Down Grapefruit Cakes


Looking for a new take on your go-to pineapple upside-down cake recipe? Top a tropical coconut oil cake with caramelized grapefruit slices. This grapefruit dessert take you on a mini island getaway.

Upside-Down Grapefruit Cake
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 2 - 3 grapefruits

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup unrefined coconut oil, melted

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla

  • Mint leaves (optional)

  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease 6 8-ounce ramekins or 6-ounce custard cups. Line a shallow baking pan with foil; arrange prepared dishes in pan; set aside. Peel and remove pith and seeds from 1 or 2 of the grapefruits and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices (you will need 6 slices). Place 1 grapefruit slice into the bottom of each prepared dish. Squeeze 1/2 cup of juice from the remaining grapefruit; set aside. In a small bowl stir together 1/3 cup sugar and melted butter until nearly smooth; spoon over slices in dishes.

  2. In a large bowl combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; make a well in the center and set aside. In a medium bowl combine the reserved grapefruit juice, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add juice mixture to flour mixture, stirring to combine. Divide batter among ramekins and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Let cool in ramekins for 10 minutes. Loosen sides and invert onto plates. Serve warm garnished with mint and powdered sugar, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

631 Calories
37g Fat
74g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 631
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 29g 145%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 270mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 25.6mg 128%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 166mg 4%
Folate, total 66.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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