Upside Down Pear Cake


Upside Down Pear Cake

Upside Down Pear Cake
2 cakes, 6 to 8 servings each
30 Min

Bake up a little bit of fall flavor with our recipe for Upside Down Pear Cake. This cake is beautiful enough to serve for any special occasion, and easy enough to make when you've got cravings for fall favorites. It's got an ooey-gooey and crunchy topping that's unbelievably good! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 (15.4-ounce) cans pear slices, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (16.5-ounce) package spice cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar over bottom of two 8-inch round cake pans, and pour butter evenly over brown sugar.
  2. In each pan, arrange pear slices in a single layer over brown sugar and sprinkle with walnuts.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, oil, and eggs; beat until well combined. Evenly divide batter between the pans.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of each comes out clean. Let cakes stand 5 minutes.
  5. Loosen gently with a knife and invert onto 2 platters. Serve warm, or allow to cool completely before serving.



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Was very Good! I make mine with gingerbread - that's very good also!

Easy recipe to follow. Delicious!

I do not have round cake pans can this be put in a 9X13 pan

Hi there! While the Test Kitchen has not made this recipe this way before, we believe that you can make this recipe in a 9x13 baking dish. We recommend baking in a 350 degrees F oven for 20-28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy!

Can I use fresh pears instead of canned?

Hi there! While the Test Kitchen has not made this recipe with fresh pears, we do believe, as Howard suggested, that you can use them in place of the canned pears in this recipe. We recommend using a very ripe pear that is soft in order to make this Upside Down Pear Cake as delicious as it was when we made it for the first time. Enjoy!

Pear and walnuts? Love this combination!

My two round cake pans have a bottom one can take out. Would this work for this recipe or not?

We do not recommend using pans with bottoms that can come out as sugar butter have to go at the bottom of the pan, and will seep out and make a mess in your oven. Also, in this recipe, we invert the pan, so that the pears end up on top.

My wife made this today and it was pretty good. I want her to make it again, but I told her I think it would be a lot better with a white cake mix instead. The spice cake mix over powered the pears. Wish I wouldn't have read these reviews because I'm wanting her to make the apple version and the peach one also.

Could fresh apples be used in place of the canned pears?

Hello! - You can use fresh apples instead of canned pears, but be sure to peel and slice the apples thinly. We also have an Upside Down Apple Pie you might want to check out! - Enjoy!

my mom made this many years using peaches and spice cake mix. always one of my favorite with whipped cream and iced tea. I really like pears, so I think this will become a NEW favorite.......sure to be a 5 star dessert. and


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