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Pear Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Pear Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Using a packaged cake mix speeds up the preparation time of this tasty fall cake. Topped with pecans and golden pears, this moist cake is pretty to look at and luscious, too. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:9 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg


  • 1. Spread butter in an 8-in. square baking dish. Arrange pear slices in rows on top. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans.
  • 2. Prepare cake batter according to package directions, using the milk and egg. Pour over pears.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 253 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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Sheila456 User ID: 8079715 108991
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"WHATEVER you do, stay away from Betty Crocker Extra Moist Yellow cake Mix. I thought, hey, an easy recipe -- use a mix, quicker, less trouble! But that batter was DISGUSTING, all sticky and slimy, and the whole house smelled sickly, sickly sweet, and the cake didn't set and was all oozing and goopy and altogether a horrible disaster. Waste of good pears. YUCK."

tea-talk User ID: 3784836 137427
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"Delicious! A little more mild than a pineapple upside down cake, but the flavor was excellent! I used a white Jiffy cake mix and walnuts instead of pecans (that's what I had), but it still turned out great! Will definitely make again, especially since I have a neighbor with a prolific pear tree :)"

mlindab User ID: 7706403 136542
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"I used a Jiffy yellow cake mix and it was divine!"

BusterDoodle User ID: 232117 136540
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"Haven't made this recipe, but I think I see what the problem was for the previous reviewer: This recipe calls for a 9-ounce cake mix, which is for one layer, not the 18-ounce size that most of us usually buy. With the right size mix, the milk and egg measurements given would probably work just fine. It's too bad the recipe isn't more specific."

Maiden Faire User ID: 5247517 162059
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"I find it odd that jerzeygirl70 mentioned the confusion with the directions close to a year ago, and the Taste of Home test kitchen still hasn't clarified the instructions. What a shame, my son loves pears and the picture looks like something he'd really like. I'm not willing to waste food in an attempt to figure out what should have already been cleared up."

jerzeygirl70 User ID: 6989370 157506
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"The recipe is not clear about preparing the cake as per the package, milk and do we prepare as the box says, then add the egg and milk?in addition to the 3 eggs, oil, and water that the box calls for? or is that used in place of something in the cake mix. I made it just as the package said without the additional egg & milk, and it ended up with a bubble in the middle and the center never cooked? Some clarification is necessary."

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