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Pear Upside Down Cake

This Pear Upside Down Cake has a brown sugar caramel, layers of pears and a tender, cardamom spiced cake! It is warming and a must bake for Winter. Serve it warm with a mound of vanilla bean ice cream or with a soft whipped cream as the perfect end to a winter meal. 

Pear Upside Down Cake

Cardamom is one of my OBSESSIONS. I have documented this here at CLF, and the obsession has no signs of flagging. It is such a tricky, yet rewarding, flavor. Use just the perfect amount and your house will be filled with an unforgettable aroma. Here I have paired it with a balance of cinnamon and clove that enhances the pear’s natural flavor.

Sorry, I just snapped out of my chef dreamland and realized I might have lost you. 

I’ll summarize: this cake is fantastic! 

Pear Upside Down Cake

I originally developed this recipe for the SHOP but she didn’t make the Fall dessert collection cut. Here’s to hoping we slide her into the Winter line-up! {Let’s be honest, it all depends on hiring more people!} But, the thought of not sharing the fabulous creation with you at all, made me sad. So here she is! In all her brown sugar caramel, spiced pear glory!

Pear Upside Down Cake
Pear Upside Down Cake
Pear Upside Down Cake
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Pear Upside Down Cake

Pear Upside Down Cake


  • Author: Lindsey
  • Yield: 1, 9” Cake 1x

Description

This Pear Upside Down Cake has a brown sugar caramel, layers of pears and a tender, cardamom spiced cake! It is warming and a must bake for Winter. Serve it warm with a mound of vanilla bean ice cream or with a soft whipped cream as the perfect end to a winter meal.


Ingredients

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  • 3 ea Pears, divided (whole)

For Caramel “Topping”:

  • 200 g Light brown Sugar (¾ cup + 2T)
  • 2 g Cinnamon (½ t)
  • 35 g Butter(2 ½ T)
  • 13 g Lemon Juice (1 T)

For the Batter:

  • 231 g Cake Flour (2 cups)
  • 10.8 g Baking Powder (2 ¼ t)
  • 3.1 g Baking Soda (½ t)
  • 2 t Cinnamon
  • ¾ t Cloves
  • ¾ t Cardamom
  • 1 t Kosher Salt 
  • 135 g Butter(½ cup + 1 ½ T)
  • 262 Light brown Sugar ( 1 cup + 2 ½ T)
  • 115 g Eggs (2 very large eggs)
  • 6 g Vanilla (Baldor) (½ T)
  • 223 g Buttermilk (2 cups)

Instructions

  1. Prepare our pears by peeling them and slicing them into quarters long ways. Slice out the core and thinly slice crossways, so you can fan them. Set aside. 
  2. Prepare cake pan by spraying bottom and putting in cut parchment. 
  3. Make brown sugar caramel by melting butter in a pot and add remaining topping ingredients. Cook until boiling and sugar has dissolved. Put this caramel in the prepared cake pan. 
  4. Arrange our pears in the caramel in the cake pan. 
  5. Whisk together our dry ingredients, remembering to sift our cake flour. 
  6. Put our butter in the stand mixer and mix to temp. Then add light brown sugar, and cream the two together until light. 
  7. Add the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Add buttermilk, alternating this with cake flour mixture. 
  8. Finish mixing the batter by hand. 
  9. Fold in any spare pears we have. 
  10. Dollop the batter on top of the pears arranged already in the pan and spread the batter evenly with offset spatula. 
  11. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. 
  12. Allow to cool completely before turning out onto your favorite cake stand!

Keywords: pear cake easy, pear cake easy recipe, easy pear cake recipe

Pear Upside Down Cake
Pear Upside Down Cake

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