Upside Down Buttermilk Pear Cake

Upside Down Buttermilk Pear Cake


This moist and luscious cake is reminiscent of upside down pineapple cake. Spiced pear takes this version to a whole new level. Save this one for a special gathering.

1 hr 20 min
10 Servings


cooking spray
1 cup
sour cream
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
canola oil
1 pkg
yellow cake mix
1 pkg
vanilla pudding mix
2 tsp
ground cardamom
1 tsp
ground ginger
4 Tbsp
unsalted butter (melted)
1 cup
light brown sugar
2 can
pear halves (14 oz. cans; drained and diced into ½" squares)
confectioners sugar (for dusting)
vanilla ice cream
Prep Time:
1 hr 20 min
Total Time:
1 hr 20 min


Preheat your oven to 350° F. Prepare an 8" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. In a mixer or large bowl, combine the wet ingredients (sour cream, eggs, buttermilk, and oil) and whip until smooth. Add in the cake and pudding mix, blend together well, and set aside. Combine the cardamom and ginger with the melted butter and pour into the baking pan. Sprinkle all the light brown sugar over the butter. Layer the diced pear evenly over the sugar and pour the batter over the pear.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Let cool completely, then cover the pan with a dish and flip over. Dust with confectioner's sugar and serve with ice cream.

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Chef Michi Watarai