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!
1Preheat 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.
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.
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.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.Set aside.
Pour the milk and vanilla into measuring cup. set aside.
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.
5Pour 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.
6Immediately 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.