Pear Upside-Down Cake: Your New Favorite Fall Dessert

September 12th, 2018 by Desiree Smith

Sweet, buttery and with a hint of spice, pear upside-down cake is a perfect seasonal twist on the traditional pineapple — and it’s one of the easiest desserts you can make this fall! We recommend using juicy, yet firm pears like Bartlett or Bosc. These pears will hold their shape while creating a lovely caramel that will seep through the entire cake once flipped. Read on for the recipe!


  • 1/2 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Extract
  • butter, melted (4 tablespoons for topping, 1/2 cup for cake)
  • 1/2 cup firmly pressed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 cups Bartlett or Bosc pear (about 1 ripe pear, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch slices)
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • vanilla ice cream (to serve, optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 9 in. pan with vegetable pan spray.
  2. For topping, in small bowl stir together butter, brown sugar and ginger. Spread mixture in an even layer in pan. Arrange pear slices over butter mixture; set aside.
  3. For cake, combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until well-combined. Alternately add flour mixture and milk; mixing until just combined. Pour batter into pan over pear slices.
  4. Bake 37-39 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes and then turn out onto serving plate.
  5. Serve slightly warm with ice cream, if desired.

Looking for more autumnal inspiration? Check out our favorite fall recipes here!

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

One Reply

  1. Martin Vlcek says:

    My mom did this cake. So i will try to do one based on your recipe. Thanks!

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