Sweet Treats

Upside down Pear Cake 

Fall finally is here! Fall is my favorite season. I mean what’s not to like? The air gets colder, the leaves change, its socially acceptable to wear my uggs out in public, and the best part of all, IT’S BAKING SEASON!!!

What can be better for the fall season than a Upside-down Pear Cake? It’s so sweet and warm it’s almost like a pie but without the hard labor and mess!

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 fresh (or canned) pear halves, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk (or 1/2 cup canned juice for a lighter and sweeter cake)
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar together over low heat, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Pour caramel mixture into 9-inch round cake pan.
  4. Top with sliced pears and place them according to the design you like.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, mix together milk, oil, egg, and vanilla until just blended.
  7. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and stir until just incorporated.
  8. Pour cake batter into pan over caramel and pears.
  9. Place cake in middle rack in oven. On a lower rack, place a large cookie sheet directly underneath the cake pan to catch any possible drips.
  10. Bake approximately 50-60 minutes, or until caramel has bubbled up around the sides, and a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven and let cake stand for approximately 10 minutes on a wire rack. (*This is an important step*: if you turn cake out too soon, some of the topping of your cake might fall apart;  too late, you may not be able to get the cake out because the caramel will have stuck to the pan.)
  12.  Serve warm with a dollop of ice cream!

 

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