Pear Upside-down Cake

Pear Upside-down Cake


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A caramel pear cake, delicious served warm with cream, or ice-cream.

joshscrivener New South Wales, Australia

Serves: 6 

  • 1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar
  • 2 oz (60g) butter
  • 2 pears, peeled and cored
  • 3 oz (90g) butter
  • 3 oz (90g) sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 6 oz (185g) plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (85ml) milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Pre-heat oven to moderate. Grease a cake tin.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the brown sugar over low heat until it bubbles. Pour into the cake tin. Cut the pear into wedges and arrange over the caramel sauce.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until soft and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat softly, and the milk and vanilla essence. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mix, and beat until smooth. Pour onto the pears and bake in the oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove the cake and cool for 10 minutes then slide a knife around the cake and invert onto a wire rack. Serve with cream or ice-cream.

Editor's note

This recipe has been edited to include some measures more familiar to Australian and New Zealand cooks.

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Reviews (8)


Recipes should always provide the size of the tin/pan - "cake tin" provides no useful information - 07 Oct 2014


I had been given some pears by a friend and they were becoming quite ripe as my children did not like them. So I searched pears and found this recipe. Glad I did, kids got off the school bus and the cake was gone in five minutes. Pears eaten, nothing wasted and hungry children satisfied. I loved it too, but thankfully they ate most of it so my waist line was saved. - 23 Apr 2012


Lovely. - 11 Aug 2012

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