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cinnamon pear upside down cake

Cinnamon Pear Updside Down Cake

Stacey Thimmes - The Sugar Coated Cottage
Cinnamon Pear Upside Down Cake. Sweet juicy pears enrobed in butter and brown sugar then covered in a moist and tender cinnamon cake. All baked together in one pan.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Servings 1 - 9" cake


  • 3/4 cups + 1 Tbsp butter divided - 1/4 cup + 1Tbsp for glaze, 1/2 cup for cake
  • 2/3 cups brown sugar
  • 3-4 medium pears peeled, cored and each pear sliced into 8 slices.*
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour the inside edge of a 9" cake pan, no need to grease the bottom.
  • Melt 1/4 cups + 1 Tbsp of butter.
  • Add to the butter the brown sugar and combine.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  • Arrange pear slices on top of brown sugar mixture. You can arrange them snuggly.
  • Cream the remaining 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar together.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla, mix well.
  • In medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • With mixer on low slowly add in the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Alternating with milk as needed.
  • Once all added mix on medium for 1 minute.
  • Pour cake batter over the pears.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool 10-15 minutes before inverting onto cake plate.
  • Let cool additional 15 minutes.


* Cutting the pears. To get 8 even slices I cut my pears in half, then cut the halves in two (giving me four) and then cut each fourth in half.
** Before inverting onto cake plate, run a knife gently around the edge of the cake to help loosen any areas that may be stuck.
*** When greasing the edges I used the cake spray and flour in one, makes it super easy.
****Dont forget this dessert goes great with ice cream!
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