Caramel Pear Cake Recipe
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Caramel Pear Cake Recipe

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I love making this upside-down cake when fresh pears are in season.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 3 medium ripe pears, peeled and sliced
  • 28 caramels
  • 1-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • Whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 288 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 273 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Arrange pear slices in rows in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a large saucepan, melt the caramels with a 1/2 cup water; stir in butter until smooth. Pour over pears.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and remaining water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour over the caramel layer.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of cake comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Serve with whipped cream. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Pear Cake in Country Extra March 2003, p51

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