Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake

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This almost effortless Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake is tenderly spiced with fall flavors, drizzled with an easy salted caramel sauce and studded with perfectly cooked pears. It is the perfect cake to serve to guests (or have for breakfast) when you need a beautiful yet easy fall dessert.


Pear Gingerbread Cake - fall dessert


Yesterday was the first true day of fall for us. The winds blustered all night long, and when we woke in the morning it was actually cold in our house. After a semi-frantic search to find hats, mittens and coats for the girls, we stepped outside into the blustery, cloudy day amid swirls of colorful leaves. As morning turned to afternoon, the weather didn’t improve any. After days of 80 and 90 degree weather, I think fall is officially here to stay. There is no better way to celebrate the turning of the season then by baking a perfectly in-season and easy dessert. This one is like a big flannel hug – a salted caramel sauce, crisp pears, and a slightly sweet and slightly spiced gingerbread cake.


Slice of Pear Gingerbread


What I love most about creating dessert recipes is the ability to make a rather simple recipe but have it turn out looking and tasting like it needed hours and perfect technique. Epic in taste, yet almost effortless in the kitchen.


For this recipe, I wanted something a little milder and less “spiced” than the American Gingerbread I did before. So this time I used half molasses and half honey, and seriously cut down on the amount of spices that I used. The result is a tender and moist cake that is slightly spiced, drizzled in an easy salted caramel sauce, and studded with perfectly cooked pears.


Upside Down Pear Cake


How do you make a gingerbread cake?

This Gingerbread Cake is so easy to make its almost effortless.

  • Start by making the caramel sauce in a skillet. Melt the butter, brown sugar, and pinch of salt together until it starts to caramelize. Pour the sauce into a cake pan and arrange the pears in the caramel sauce and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, make the gingerbread cake by creaming the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, vanilla, honey, molasses, and mix until combined.
  • Mix in the spices and dry ingredients, and then add in the milk.
  • When the batter is smooth, carefully pour over the arranged pear slices.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack for a little while before inverting onto a serving platter.



How to make upside down cake


I am super excited to be celebrating National Pear Day with a fun group of bloggers! Make sure that you check out these other awesome uses for Pears! (See my other Pear Recipes here!)


upside down pear gingerbread cake



Yield: 8 Servings

Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

This almost effortless Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Cake is tenderly spiced with fall flavors, drizzled with an easy salted caramel sauce and studded with perfectly cooked pears. It is the perfect cake to serve to guests (or have for breakfast) when you need a beautiful yet easy fall dessert.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


Caramel Pear Topping:

  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 firm Bosc pears

Gingerbread Cake :

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup  molasses
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. Liberally grease a 10" cake pan with butter and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the 4 Tablespoons of butter.
  4. Add in the sugar and simmer for 4 minutes, without stirring.
  5. Remove the pan from heat, and then carefully stir in the salt.
  6. Pour the caramel into prepared cake pan, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the pan, and smooth evenly over the bottom.
  7. Arrange the pear slices on top of the caramel sauce in a pretty pattern. Set aside.
  8. In a large bowl, beat together 1/2 cup of room temperature butter and sugar untill light and fluffy.
  9. Add in the egg, vanilla, molasses and honey and mix until combined.
  10. Add in the spices, salt, baking soda and flour.
  11. Mix in the milk until combined and the batter becomes smooth.
  12. Carefully pour the batter over the pear slices and smooth to create an even layer.
  13. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  14. Cool the cake in the pan, on a wire rack, for 10-15 minutes, and then turn out onto platter by inverting the cake pan. You might want to loosen the edges with a dull knife first.
  15. Serve warm, with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. The cake is also good room temperature.
  16. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 498 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 71mg Sodium: 490mg Carbohydrates: 79g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 47g Protein: 6g


Looking for other Easy yet Epic fall desserts? Try these out!

Pumpkin Maple Gingerbread Cake with Earl Grey Whipped Frosting

Pumpkin Snack Cake


Apple Cranberry Crisp with Crispy Walnut Topping



German Chocolate Upside Down Cake 

easy german chocolate cake


  • Reply
    Wendy Klik
    October 25, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    OH my Jenni, this is a glorious looking dessert. Loving that caramel covering the entire thing.

    • Reply
      October 26, 2017 at 1:15 AM

      Thanks so much, Wendy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Felesha Bell
    October 25, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    I never would have thought to combine caramel and pears PLUS Gingerbread!!! Now I’m in love!!! Looks fantastic!!

  • Reply
    October 25, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    I love ginger and pear, I have never had them together but this sounds so good! Great twist on a classic.

  • Reply
    October 25, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    oh, ww! That looks and sounds delicious. Pear and ‘gingerbread’! Very smart.

  • Reply
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    October 25, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Love the pear gingerbread combo! Wish I had a slice to go with my coffee!

  • Reply
    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    October 25, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    What a gorgeous pear dessert! I love pears but do not cook enough wiht them! Now I know what I’ll be making for next national Pear day!

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    October 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    That sounds wonderful!

    I love all the upside down cakes. When I was a kid they were all tired things with canned pineapple and cherries (and not much flavor) but this just sings with flavor!

  • Reply
    Catherine @ Whine and Dancing
    October 25, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    This sounds so amazing! What a great combination for the season. I pinned it.

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    October 25, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    This looks so pretty and so delicious. I can almost smell the gingerbread spice. Love dark brown sugar in cakes so I love the color of this cake.. Saving for late. Can’t wait to try.

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    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    October 26, 2017 at 3:03 AM

    LOVE gingerbread. In fact, pumpkin and gingerbread are the best flavours for so many delicious recipes. This rustic looking dessert is elegant enough to serve to guests. Beautiful and delicious.

  • Reply
    Alicia Taylor
    October 26, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Oh my! I’m afraiid that wouldn’t leave my kitchen looking that pretty! I’d be too tempted to take a bite out of it!

  • Reply
    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    October 27, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    this sounds perfect for holidays!

  • Reply
    October 28, 2017 at 2:40 AM

    Wow, that looks amazing! I love pear & ginger together!

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    October 28, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    This is one of my all time favorite recipes to make, I think pear is so underappreciated in fall with all the apples and pumpkins going around!

  • Reply
    Amanda Mason
    October 29, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    It doesn’t look effortless by any means…it’s so perfect looking! What a great cake for the fall/winter season! I’ve never thought of using pears like this!!

  • Reply
    October 29, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    What a great idea. The flavors sound so good! I bet it would be so good with some vanilla ice cream. Yum!

  • Reply
    October 30, 2017 at 4:46 AM

    YUM! This looks so good and your photos are gorgeous!

  • Reply
    October 30, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    What a lovely cake. It looks so dense and rich. I bet the flavor is delicious.

  • Reply
    prasanna hede
    October 30, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    This is so pretty and sounds so yummy with all things going in! I would love to have a bite 🙂

  • Reply
    Lois. O
    October 30, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Ahh!!! This will be so good with a cup of ginger tea, especially with the cold weather I have been experiencing. The warmth of the spice plus the heat of the tea, talk about a breakfast hug.

  • Reply
    October 31, 2017 at 6:24 AM

    At least you guys got your first fall day, bc we, here in North California, are still living is some 85 degrees heat… love upside down cakes btw!

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