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Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake Recipe
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Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake Recipe

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The flavors of fresh, sweet pears and gingerbread blend beautifully in this intriguing variation on pineapple upside-down cake. Leftovers—if there are any—taste great with coffee or tea the next day. —Lisa Varner Charleston, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 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 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

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 419 calories, 25 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 347 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. Pour melted butter into a 9-in. square baking pan; sprinkle with nuts and brown sugar. Arrange pears over nuts.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Originally published as Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 419 calories, 25 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 347 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

Delicious pear cake and easy to make!

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Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

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.

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

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.

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Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

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.

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Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

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**

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