Little Seckle Pears are Baked in a pool of Buttery Brown Sugar Caramel, under a blanket of Fluffy Soft, Vanilla Infused Cake. A Sweet and Seasonal Fall or Winter Dessert, in Individual Portions.

Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

This is the best time of year.

Right now, we are all poised on our tippy-toes, so full of excitement and enthusiasm for what’s about to come.  I’m talking about piles of brightly colored leaves, cool mornings, apple picking, boots and scarves, and pumpkin-spice lattes.

And yet still, my neighbors are showing up on my doorstep, bearing overstuffed grocery bags full of fruits and vegetables from their summer backyard gardens.

Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

These gorgeous juicy pears came from a tree in my next-door neighbor’s yard.  Some of them were a little funny looking, but they are bursting with flavor, and just dripping with sweet nectar.  I really wanted to create a beautiful dessert with them, to showcase them in all their glory.

Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

What’s better than pears, vanilla, and brown sugar in Fall?  I cannot think of a single thing!

This is a favorite flavor combination for my mom.  I’ve baked this dessert in her honor.

She will be taking care of big boy and little boy for us, for four whole days (and nights!) while Mr. Allie and I travel to Seattle to attend the International Food Blogger Conference later this week.  It’s the longest and farthest I’ve ever been away from my kids since becoming a mom.  I’m nervous!  I know they will be just fine but I’m gonna miss them so much 🙁

But hopefully I’ll be ok once I get wrapped up in all the goings-on.  I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this conference.  It’s organized by Foodista, and Dorie Greenspan is the keynote speaker (!).  I’m sure there will be tons of great info for me to learn, it’ll be so much fun to network with other food bloggers, and I hear the food and wine alone are worth the price of admission!

I’m really hoping the whole experience will help me to be a better blogger.  But enough about me.  We’re here to talk about Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes!

Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

Pears drowned in a buttery brown sugar caramel, and baked under fluffy-soft cake perfumed with vanilla beans.  This is what I love about baking!  Simple ingredients can transform into something so truly magical.

Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

The caramel goodness is pooled in the bottoms of four ramekins.  The pears are peeled, cored, and set, cut side down, into the warm caramel sauce.  My favorite cupcake batter is poured over the pears, and it all bakes together into the softest, sweetest spoonful of heaven you’ve ever put into your mouth.

Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes

Little Seckle Pears are Baked in a pool of Buttery Brown Sugar Caramel, under a Blanket of Fluffy Soft, Vanilla Infused Cake. A Sweet and Seasonal Fall Dessert, in Individual Portions.

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 4     adjust servings


    For the Topping

    • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon (or maybe a little more, if you like salty caramel) kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
    • 2 seckle pears, peeled, halved, and cored

    For the Cake

    • 1/3 cup cake flour
    • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold
    • 1/3 cup milk (I used 1%)
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


    Make the Topping

    1. Grease 4 ramekins.
    2. Place the brown sugar, butter, and salt in a small skillet over medium heat.
    3. Stir together until the brown sugar has melted and the mixture is well combined.
    4. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste.
    5. Divide the mixture evenly between the 4 ramekins, and place a pear half into the center of each.

    Make the Cake

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    3. Add the cold butter, and mix on low speed, until the mixture resembles moist crumbs.
    4. Add the egg, and beat until well combined.
    5. Add the milk, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste, and beat for about a minute.
    6. Divide the batter equally between the 4 ramekins.
    7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
    8. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Run a thin knife around the edge of each ramekin to loosed the cake.
    9. Invert onto a serving plate.


    Recipe Notes

    The tops of the cakes may need to be trimmed off, to flatten them, if they have risen to a high dome during baking.
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 474kcal Calories from fat 200
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 22g34%
    Saturated Fat 14g70%
    Transfat 1g
    Cholesterol 95mg32%
    Sodium 365mg15%
    Carbohydrate 67g22%
    Dietary Fiber 3g12%
    Sugars 44g
    Protein 5g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g

    Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

    Isn’t just so pretty to see the silhouette of that lovely pear peeking through the warm caramel?  I love how the vanilla seeds collect in the hollow place where the core once was…

    Pear Vanilla Upside Down Cakes | Baking a Moment

    Have you ever been to a blogger conference?  This will be my first one ever!  How did you like it?  Was it hard leaving your kiddos?  Do you have any tips for me?  I mean, for either, the conference or the kids!?!  😉


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