Pear Upside-down Gingerbread Cake

Pear Upside-down Gingerbread Cake


This is an old family recipe, that’s been handed down, and is always such a delicious treat. The cake is dense and moist, and when you turn it out of the pan upside down after baking, the pears embedded in the bottom (now the top) offer a beautiful sweet surprise! It’s a great way to use canned pears, for a fruit treat in the middle of winter.


1 cup flour

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon (heaping of course)

1 tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 egg

1/3 cup + 5 tbls brown sugar

¼ cup molasses or honey

½ cup sour milk or buttermilk

¼ cup shortening, melted

¼ cup butter

halved pears to cover bottom of dish


mix dry ingredients

combine egg, 5 tbsp brown sugar, molasses, milk, shortening

melt butter into bottom of a cake pan

sprinkle 1/3 cup sugar, lay pears

pour batter over pears


bake at 350F for 40 minutes

let cool, and then flip upside-down onto a serving tray.

eat and enjoy!!

luscious served warm with vanilla ice cream, or cinnamon-spice whipped cream


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