Pear-Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Pear-Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Enjoy this sweet and perky cousin to classic pineapple upside-down cake.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

1:45

Hr:Mins

Makes

8

servings

Pear-Ginger Topping
1/4
cup butter or margarine
2/3
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon ground ginger
3
pears, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1/4
cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
Cake
1
tablespoon Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4
cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 1/3
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
cup packed brown sugar
6
tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2
eggs
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
cup milk
Ginger Whipped Cream
1
cup whipping cream
2
tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4
teaspoon ground ginger
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Grease bottom and sides of 8- or 9-inch square pan with shortening.
  2. In 1-quart saucepan, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2/3 cup brown sugar. Heat to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Pour into pan; spread evenly. Arrange pear wedges over brown sugar mixture, overlapping tightly and making 2 layers if necessary. Sprinkle 1/4 cup crystallized ginger evenly over pears.
  3. Toss 1 tablespoon flour and 1/4 cup crystallized ginger to coat; set aside. In medium bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups flour, the baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat 1 cup brown sugar and 6 tablespoons butter with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk, beating after each addition until smooth. Stir in ginger-flour mixture. Spread batter over pears and ginger.
  4. Bake 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes on cooling rack. Meanwhile, in chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream on high speed until it begins to thicken. Gradually add granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, beating until soft peaks form.
  5. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake. Place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Serve cake warm with Ginger Whipped Cream. Store cake loosely covered.
Makes 8 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Did You Know
Candied, or crystallized, ginger is fresh gingerroot that has been boiled in a sugar syrup and coated with sugar crystals. Look for it in the baking aisle or produce area of your supermarket.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 590
    • (Calories from Fat 235),
  • Total Fat 26g
    • (Saturated Fat 15g,),
  • Cholesterol 125mg;
  • Sodium 310mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 83g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
  • Protein 5g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 1 Fruit;
    • 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 5 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 5 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.