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Wanna know one of my favorite desserts? It has to be this Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake. It's easy, tastes delicious, and is sure to please the whole family.

 

This recipe for Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake might be my favorite dessert recipe of all time, which is no small feat!  It is simply heaven on a plate.  Between the sweet-but-not-too-sweet pear flavor and the perfectly-imperfect texture of the cornmeal in the cake, it’s so good I can’t even think of anything more to say.

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So, without further ado, here is the updated recipe:

Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Cake

Here is what you need:

10 tablespoons unsalted butter plus more for greasing
1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 ripe but still firm pears, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
2 eggs at room temperature
1 cup flour
3 Tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. (I always use the convection setting on my oven because it seems to cook more evenly.) Lightly butter the sides of a 9-inch round cake pan.

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Step 2: Combine the 4 Tbsp butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small saucepan and heat to boiling, then remove from heat. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

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Step 3: Then arrange the pears over the butter mixture and press down.

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Step 4: Beat the 6 TBSP butter and white sugar with an electric mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until very smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

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Step 5: Sprinkle in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt, and beat 10 seconds. Pour in the milk and beat just until the batter is evenly moistened, about 1 minute. Pour the batter over the pears, then carefully lift the pan and bang back down on the counter once or twice to release any air bubbles.

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Step 6: Bake approximately 35 minutes (watch closely if using convection setting!), or until a knife comes out clean. Run a knife along the outer edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Place a plate over the cake, then flip it over to invert the cake onto the pan.

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Step 7: Let the cake cool completely before serving. Best served the same day.

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Wanna know one of my favorite desserts? It has to be this Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake. It's easy, tastes delicious, and is sure to please the whole family.

Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Cake

Quite possibly the world's most perfect dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Caramelized Pear Upside-Down Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus extra for greasing) very soft
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 3 ripe but still firm pears thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (I always use the convection setting on my oven because it seems to cook more evenly.) Lightly butter the sides of a 9-inch round cake pan.

  2. Combine the 4TBSP butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small saucepan and heat to boiling. Remove from heat and scrape mixture into the prepared pan spreading evenly.

  3. Next, arrange the pears over the butter mixture and press down.

  4. Beat the 6TBSP butter and white sugar with an electric mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until very smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt, then beat for 10 seconds. Pour in the milk and beat just until the batter is evenly moistened, about 1 minute. 

  6. Pour the batter over the pears then carefully lift the pan and bang back down on the counter once or twice to release any air bubbles.

  7. Bake approximately 35 minutes (watch closely if using convection setting!), or until a knife comes out clean. 

  8. Run a knife along the outer edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Place a plate over the cake, then flip it over to invert the cake onto the pan.

  9. Let the cake cool completely before serving. Best served the same day.

Wanna know one of my favorite desserts? It has to be this Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake. It's easy, tastes delicious, and is sure to please the whole family.

 

Mmmmm.....sweet but not too sweet, with a little cornmeal texture.....this Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake might just be the world's most perfect dessert! 


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8 Comments

  1. Andrea
    October 25 at 09:32AM

    Hi, is this recipe different from the original post of the same recipe? It looks like the wording in the post is almost identical as well… would love to try a new recipe, but I’m noticing that there are many times posts are just repeated from past posts that I’ve already tried.

    Thank you,
    Andrea

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 25 at 12:57PM

      Hi Andrea,

      This post was updated from an older post. But I hope you’ll still give it a try. It is delicious!! 🙂

  2. October 31 at 06:42PM

    This looks really nice. A beautiful cake. I have some apples here. Can I use them instead of the pears? Want to try this recipe for my family.

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 9 at 09:23PM

      Yes, Tiana you can use apples instead of pears. 🙂

  3. November 3 at 08:51AM

    I love this idea! I only know the classic “Tarte Tatin” using apples and shortcrust. I have to try this recipe with batter because it will spare me rolling out the dough. 🙂

    Tiana, it should be fine with apples!

  4. Donna
    November 23 at 09:20AM

    Oh, boy, I hope this turns out ok. There’s a problem with the amount of butter. In the picture tutorial, it says 10 tblsp butter. I put ALL of it in the brown sugar mix, then it said to put butter with the white sugar. Then the recipe under the pics says only 4 tblsp butter. Still doesn’t say how much to put with the white sugar. I had already used all 10 tblsp in the brown sugar, so I took a guess and used 6 with the white sugar. Fingers crossed, but can you fix this? I took this last year for Thanksgiving (don’t remember the butter issue). People raves about it.

  5. Laura
    November 11 at 09:32AM

    Hi Ruth,
    The recipe looks amazing and I’m going to try it today. It’s no biggie, I just want to let you know when you print out the recipe it doesn’t specify how many Tbsp of butter for the caramelized (4) vs the cake parts (6) so I had to pull it up again and read through to find it. Thanks for posting this. I can’t wait to make it!

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