Upside Down Pear Cake Recipe

A extra delicious upside down pear cake recipe that is delicious served warm out of the oven

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10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan.
5 large ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and quartered
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons brandy
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons boiling water


Preheat oven to 350degrees.

Butter or line a 9-inch-circle cake pan.

In a large bowl, toss pears with lemon juice.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Add half the pears, cut sides down, in single layer; cook until brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Turn pears over; cook other sides until brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked pears to a plate.

Cook remaining pears; transfer to plate.

To pear juices in skillet, add brandy, and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Cook, stirring, until reduced to syrup, about 1 minute.

Pour into cake pan; swirl to spread.

Starting in one corner of pan, fan out pears in single layer. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.

In bowl of an electric mixer, beat remaining 8 tablespoons butter until fluffy.

Add brown sugar; beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. Add eggs; beat to combine. Beat in molasses and grated ginger.

Add half of flour mixture; combine on low speed.

In a small bowl, combine baking soda and boiling water; beat into batter.

Beat in remaining flour mixture until combined.

Pour into pan; bake 25 minutes.

Reduce heat to 325 degrees. bake until springy to the touch, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cool on awire rackfor 1 hour.

Once cool, run a knife around the edges and flip your cake to serve.

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