This almost effortless Upside Down Pear Gingerbread 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.
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.
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.
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!)
- Individual Pear Galette by Caroline’s Cooking
- Pear Pecan Cardamom Crumble by Cookaholic Wife
- Pork and Pears with Hard Cider Sauce by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Red Wine-Poached Pears in a Boozy Chocolate Sauce by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Roasted Pear Quiche by Palatable Pastime
- Upside Down Pear Gingerbread by The Gingered Whisk
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
whipped cream for serving
Preheat oven to 325
Grease 10″ cake pan with butter and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
Add the sugar and simmer 4 minutes.
Remove from heat, and then stir in salt.
Pour the caramel into pan and smooth evenly over the bottom.
Arrange pear slices on top of the caramel sauce. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
Add in the egg, vanilla, molasses and honey and mix until combined.
Add in the spices, salt, baking soda and flour.
Mix in the milk until combined and the batter becomes smooth.
Carefully pour over the pear slices and smooth to create an even layer.
Bake 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes, turn out onto platter.
Looking for other Easy yet Epic fall desserts? Try these out!