Pear Upside Down Cake

Whenever I need a quick dessert I make some variation of Upside Down Cake. 

You can whip it up in no time using a yellow cake mix.  I prefer to make homemade cakes but I don’t always have the time. Today I wanted something different and easy and this Pear Upside Down Cake fit the bill.

The cake is not overly sweet, which is fine.  It is tender and moist and the pears and sugar offer a subtle topping that makes this a delicious and light dessert.


Here is my easy recipe, I hope you enjoy it~

Pear Upside Down Cake

Heat oven to 325 degrees
Line the bottom of a 9″ Springform pan with parchment paper

For the cake:
1 Duncan Hines Butter Golden cake mix which calls for:
3 eggs
7 Tablespoons Butter, softened
1/2 cup water
Follow the directions on the box to mix than gently stir in a little lemon zest or a few drops of lemon juice.

For the topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
a dash or two of cinnamon
2 large pears

In a saucepan combine the sugars, water and cinnamon and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.  When it starts to boil turn to low, just enough to keep it bubbling.  Be careful when stirring not to scrape the sugar crystals on the inside of the pan back into the mix. You can use a wet pastry brush to push them down but I don’t bother 🙂  Let it cook about 5 – 6 minutes, it will start to thicken a little and darken.  Remove from heat and stir in 1 Tablespoon of butter.

Peel 2 large pears and cut into quarters. Using your knife, carefully remove the core leaving as much pear intact as possible.  Slice thin.

Place the pair slices directly into the pan forming the fan.  The smaller pieces can be used to fill in the center.  Pour on your topping over the pears (it doesn’t need to be perfect).  Now spoon the cake mix into the pan and and spread evenly with a wide spatula.

Batter use

Place the cake in the center of a 325 degree oven.  The baking time will vary depending on your oven and altitude.  I baked mine for 50 minutes. Set your timer for 45 minutes.  When a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean you are done.  If not, set the time in 5 minute increments and check again. The top will be a golden brown.

Once done, let it cool 30 minutes or so on a rack then invert onto your favorite cake server and garnish with maraschino cherries.  Now eat it!

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12 Responses to Pear Upside Down Cake – Easy and Delicious

  1. Debra @ MsMoozys Open House says:

    Sound and looks delish! I can not wait to try this, thanks so much for sharing! Have a blessed evening. 🙂

  2. Sharon Davis says:

    Do you add the ingredients on the cake mix and the ingredients you have listed (butter, water and eggs)? Or just the cake mix and what you have listed?

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Sharon – sorry for the confusion. You mix it according to the package directions which use the butter, eggs and water listed. I have clarified that in my post. I can see why it would be confusing. Thanks for coming by!

  3. My mom is giving me a spring form pan! I know what I’ll be trying in it first. Thank You!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Wow! Nice Mom 🙂 Let us know what you think! Thanks for coming by Amanda. Best wishes! ~ Sharon and Denise

  4. Mmmmm… -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. Jill says:

    This looks delicious!

  6. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

  7. This pear upside down cake looks absolutely scrumptious! Glad you posted at the Let’s Get Social link party. I’ve pinned, liked, twittered and G+-ed your post. I’d love it if you dropped by for a visit. I look forward to seeing you over there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

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