- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large pears, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup warm water
- Ice cream, optional
- Pour melted butter into a 9-in. square baking pan; sprinkle with nuts and brown sugar. Arrange pears over nuts.
- In a large bowl, cream softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition.
- Spread batter over pears. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: 9 servings.
Reviews for Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake
"Despite realizing at the last minute that I was out of nuts (I would have used pecans, subbed dried cranberries) and molasses (had to sub dark Karo), this recipe was a hit. To the reviewer who suggested that the cake had problems rising because of juice form the pears, I wonder if it might have been that the pears were cold? After getting all ingredients out and assembling the bottom layers, I put the pan in the preheating oven while I mixed the batter. By the time the batter was ready, the pears were warm (not hot) and the cake baked with no problem spots. I actually used extra pears, cut in chunks."
"Delicious, didn't change a thing!"
"There was too much juice using 2 pears (bosc), so the middle of the cake never cooked completely. I tried it again using only 1 pear and it turned out perfect, baking it for 40 minutes. Delicious!"
"Delicious gingerbread and pears. I used 1/2 light molasses and half dark because I ran out of light. It turned out quite dense."
"Delicious pear cake and easy to make!"
"I made this exactly as written except I left the nuts out (personal choice). My husband loved it. I agree with a previous review that I think I'll use another pear next time."
"I made this cake exactly as directed and while I really liked it, I didn't love it. I think the name is deceptive because to me it tasted like a plain gingerbread cake with just a hint of pear flavor. Perhaps I should have added more pears. I was very impressed with how well the cake came out of the pan (I used a non-stick pan). It looked beautiful...I only wish the taste matched the beauty of it."
"Yum! This cake is delicious warm out of the oven and at room temperature. It has a wonderful blend of spices. One of my friends who tasted it asked if there were graham crackers in it."
"I made this last night; it's delicious & great to celebrate the fall. The only thing I would do differently is add a little more of the topping (nuts, butter, sugar) because some can stick to the pan & I will make it in a 13"x9" dish & add a little more to the recipe because the cake went fast with several people in the house; leaving some to want more. **Could use apples instead of pears also**"