Spicy Pear Upside-Down Cake

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Spicy Pear Upside-Down Cake
This is a perfect cake for a winter dessert. Sweet pears are nestled on top of a warm spice cake. Serve with sweetened whipped cream – Delicious.
Recipe type: Upside-Down Cake, Pear
Serves: 6 to 8
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Recipe Notes
Pan: One 9″ Round Layer Oven Temp: 350° Storage: Covered, Room Temperature

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Ingredients
Topping:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pear syrup (from the drained pear halves)
  • 1 can (1 pound) pear halves, drained, reserving 1 tablespoon syrup
Batter:
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup milk (preferably whole milk)
  • ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Topping:
  1. Melt butter in a 9 inch round layer cake pan in warm oven. Remove pan from oven, add brown sugar, flour, and pear syrup; stir to combine and spread mixture evenly in bottom of pan. Place pear halves cut-side down on top of the brown sugar mixture.
Batter:
  1. In a large bowl, combine butter, egg, milk, brown sugar, and granulated sugar; whisk together until mixed. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves; stir to mix.
  2. Bake: Pour batter evenly over pear halves. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until top springs back when pressed lightly in the center.
  3. Upside-Down: Place baking pan on wire cooling rack to cool for 3 minutes. Gently loosen the edges with a small kitchen knife. Invert onto a serving plate. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so the topping drips down onto the cake.
  4. Serving Suggestion: Serve warm or cool. If desired, serve with sweetened whipped cream.
Adapted from Pillsbury’s Bake Off Dessert Cookbook 1968

Spicy Pear Upside-Down Cake

Spicy Pear Upside-Down Cake

Spicy Pear Upside-Down Cake recipe