5 from 1 vote
Pear Upside-Down Cake
Pear Upside-Down Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
This cake is not overly sweet, and is perfect with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee.
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Mary Gillespie
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml butter melted
  • 1/3 cup / 80 ml brown sugar
  • 3 ripe pears quartered, cored and cut into thin slices
  • 2 cups / 500 ml flour
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 ml baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon / 2.5 ml salt
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 ml ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 ml ground coriander
  • 3/4 cup / 180 ml plain yogurt sour cream or buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon / 5 ml vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F / 176 degrees C.
  2. Pour melted butter into bottom of 9" pie pan. Brush up sides of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the butter.
  4. Lay pear slices over the brown sugar.
  5. In medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, ginger and coriander.
  6. In separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla.
  7. Pour yogurt mixture into flour and fold in until mixture is smooth and there are no streaks of dry flour. The batter will be very stiff.
  8. Spread the batter over the pears and place the pie pan on a baking tray. Put in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden and the cake tests clean when a toothpick is inserted in the center.
  9. Remove from oven and immediately remove from pan by placing a serving plate or tray over the top of the cake and carefully turning it upside down. Gently lift the pie pan off of the cake. If any pear slices remain stuck to the pie pan, you can remove them and place on the cake.
  10. Serve warm or cooled.