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Upside-Down Ginger Pear Cake

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This Upside-Down Ginger Pear Cake will be the perfect addition to your holiday dessert table...or dare I say, Christmas breakfast? The ingredients on this one can make it super versatile...lending it to be the PERFECT holiday recipe! See the details on this deliciousness below.

Upside-Down Ginger Pear Cake Recipe
This Upside-Down Ginger Pear Cake is a light and delicious holiday cake that is a lot easier than it looks. If you're looking for a last-minute holiday "WOW" dish, I've got you covered!

Upside-Down Ginger Pear Cake

Upside-Down Pear Cake Recipe
We love to do cakes around the holidays. I want to say we love to make fruit cakes...but that isn't exactly what I mean. We love cakes that have a singular fruit in them. Not the traditional "fruit cake" offense to fruit cake lovers, my mom was certainly one of them. ;)
I think making a cake with fruit in it makes me totally okay with justifying it for breakfast. Because who doesn't want a warm gingery pear cake first thing in the morning?

Plus, an "Upside Down" cake looks really pretty! All of the real work is done before it even goes in the oven...but after the "flip", it's a stunner!

Upside-Down Pear Cake Recipe

Upside-Down Ginger Pear Cake

Upside-Down Ginger Pear Cake

Inspired by Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Bars from BHG's Fall Baking Magazine


  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon apple juice
  • 1 Bosc pear, cored and thinly slices
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350ยบ. 
  • Grease a 9" round cake pan. 
  • Combine first three ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. 
  • Bring to a boil. 
  • Pour mixture into cake pan, spreading to cover the bottom. 
  • Arrange your pear slices (in a circular shape, along the edge of the pan) on top of the brown sugar mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the next seven ingredients (through the cloves). 
  • In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat the 1/2 cup butter on high for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the 1/3 cup brown sugar and continue beating until combined. 
  • Beat in eggs and molasses. 
  • Add flour mixture and the 3/4 cup water, alternately.
  • Beat on low after each addition, just until combined.
  • Carefully pour batter over pear slices in pan.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until toothpick-test done.
  • Cool in pan on wire rack for five minutes. 
  • Loosen edges of cake with a butter knife and invert onto cake plate. 
  • Serve warm. Even more delicious a la mode.

Makes 10 servings. 

Pear Cake Recipe
Be sure to add this one to your holiday baking list, for sure.

I love baking with pears around the holidays. Be sure and check out my other pear cake below, too. Click here for that recipe.

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