i hope you all had an amazing long weekend!!! & by amazing i mean i hope you all ate your weight in turkey + pie. i will be eating left over turkey for the next week or so but it's okay, i am one of those people who loves to get creative with left overs. thanksgiving has made me a little bit behind on my blog, so i hope this pear ginger upside down cake will make up for the minor delay! now.. can we all take a minute to promise each other to bake with pears more often. pears are so damn delicious & i so often forget about them (apples are on the brain too much once fall hits). browsing the internet/pinterest i found very few interesting desserts made with pears that i knew i wanted to feature another pear recipe on the blog (don't forget about this spiced pear pie). i hope this cake is what you are looking for next time you are graced with a basket of freshly picked pears! it would be the perfect ending to a sophisticated dinner party. the pears featured in this post come from my family's pear tree so it makes the cake extra delicious.


for the sauce

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced

for the cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk


  • preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • sauce: in a sauce pan over medium heat add butter, sugar, salt, ginger and vanilla. bring to a boil constantly stiring and remove from heat. pour caramel sauce in an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan & arrange the pear slices in a circle.
  • cake: in a mixing bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt. in the bowl of a stand mixer using the beater attachment cream butter and brown sugar. add eggs one at a time until light and fluffy. mix in vanilla, ginger and milk until combined. slowly add your flour mixture and beat until the batter is smooth. carefully pour batter over the pears, ensuring you do not alter the design of the fruit.
  • bake for 20-25 minutes, until cake is cooked throughout.
  • let cool completely before flipping & serving.

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