Upside-down cake is one of the happiest desserts in America—that classic brown sugar-soaked mosaic of canned pineapple rings and maraschino cherries set atop an all-butter yellow cake, the whole package densely glazed in rich, buttery-sweet caramel. It's a bit less smile-inducing, though, when you tally up 700 sugar-loaded calories and 10g sat fat in a generous slice. But cheer up! You can enjoy your cake sans guilt with our version that's lighter in calories and also gluten-free.
700 calories per slice 10 grams saturated fat
Makeover: 292 calories per slice 4.4 grams saturated fat
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Cut Back on Sugar with Fresh Pineapple
Fresh pineapple stands in for sugar-packed canned. We caramelize the fruit in its own juices, halving the butter and sugar to save 191 calories.
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Lighten the Load with Gluten-Free Multipurpose Flour
We love King Arthur's premixed blend, and we add almond flour; its healthy fats add moisture and richness.
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Half the Fat with Light Sour Cream
Light sour cream, a touch of butter, and heart-healthy canola oil make our cake extra tender, trimming fat in half to save 3.7g sat fat per serving.