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Pear Gingerbread Upside Down Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

This pear gingerbread upside down cake is such a seasonal and flavorful treat! Sweet pears balance out the spicy gingerbread in the most delicious way.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, gingerbread, pear, upside down cake
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 392 kcal
For the caramel pear topping
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (half a stick), melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 medium pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
For the gingerbread cake
To make the caramel pear topping:
  1. Mist a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, stir the melted butter and brown sugar together.  
  3. Spread the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.  
  4. Arrange pear slices over the caramel, in a starburst pattern.
To make the gingerbread cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the butter in a medium mixing bowl, and pour the boiling water over it.  Allow to stand, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted.  
  3. Stir in the brown sugar, molasses, and egg until combined.
  4. Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, and stir together until incorporated.  
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.  
  6. Cool for 10 to 20 minutes, then remove the sides of the springform and invert onto a serving platter.
Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by the Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake with Beer-Braised Pears, from Oxmoor House's The Southern Cake Book.

Gingerbread cake (barely) adapted from Epicurious.

©Baking a Moment

Nutrition Facts
Pear Gingerbread Upside Down Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 378mg11%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.