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Ginger Pear Upside-Down Cake

Bring this stunning cake to your next party!

Pears are the unsung heroes of fall and spice, often overlooked and discarded for their much more common cousin, the apple. While we do love our fair share of apple desserts around here, it’s nice to switch things up and get creative in the kitchen! This ginger pear upside-down cake is perfect for those special dinner parties and holiday get-togethers. Ginger, vanilla, and pear take center stage with the help of brown sugar and plenty of butter for a cake no one will soon forget. Bring this stunning cake to your next party!

Serves 6-8

45 min

  • For sauce:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
  • For cake:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a round cake pan.
  2. Add the ingredients for sauce (butter, sugar salt, ginger, and vanilla) in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly to combine. Bring to boil, and then remove from heat.
  3. Pour sauce in prepared cake pan, and arrange pear slices in a circle. Set aside.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, cream butter and brown sugar, adding in one egg at a time. Mix in vanilla, ginger, and milk until well combined. Slowly add flour mixture and beat until smooth.
  6. Pour batter carefully over the pears, and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Let cool, and flip cake onto a separate plate.

Recipe adapted from Hey Modest Marce.

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