Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake

Pat Duran

By
@kitchenChatter

My friend and neighbor Laurie gave me this recipe from her Aunt Lucille, who lives in Texas, it is a clipping from a magazine. I don't think it is from a cookbook -it is hard to tell as it looks like it used to be shinier paper. This is such an easy recipe that I thought you might like to try it too!


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Serves:

one 9-inch round cake

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 15 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

SUGAR SAUCE:

5 Tbsp
unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 c
light brown sugar,packed firmly
2 Tbsp
pure maple syrup

PEAR PREP:

1 Tbsp
granulated sugar
2 large
ripe bartlett or anjou pears, peeled, cut in 1/2 and cored
1 tsp
each of ground cinnamon and of ground cardamom
1/4 tsp
ground cloves or less
garnish:
maraschino cherry halves

CAKE:

3/4 c
granulated sugar
1/2 c
butter
1 1/2 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
salt
3/4 c
milk
2 tsp
vanilla extract
2 large
eggs at room temperature

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350^. spray a 9-inch round cake pan and then cut circle of parchment or waxed paper for bottom and butter it and the insides of the pan; set aside.
2
SUGAR SAUCE:
In a bowl, using a wooden spoon, beat together the ingredients until thoroughly blended. Spread this mixture over the bottom of the prepared cake pan.
3
PEAR PREP:
Cut the pear slices into 1/4 inch slices and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with the sugar and spices; stir gently to coat evenly. Arrange the pears in the bottom or the pan; fanning them in spiral fashion , so that the tapered ends point outward; use the small slices to fill any spaces. From another pear you can cut a piece from the center to make a circle. Place cherry halves in between pears and into the center.
4
CAKE:
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.Set aside.
Pour the milk and vanilla into measuring cup. set aside.
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In the large bowl of your electric mixer , beat the butter and sugar on medium-high , until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scrape bowl sides after each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in 3 addition , alternating with the milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat 2 minutes.
5
Pour the batter into the cake pan and spread evenly over the pears. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean , about 60-70 minutes.
6
Immediately place a plate larger than the pan, upside down on top of the cake. Carefully invert the cake with the plate, then carefully lift off the pan;gently shaking the pan if necessary to release the cake. Carefully remove the paper. Scrape any goo onto the cake. Let cool for 30 minutes.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American