Skillet Pear Upside-Down Cake

Skillet Pear Upside-Down Cake

Our amazing fresh pear upside-down cake, with its gooey caramel topping and cinnamon-spiced cake, will impress your friends and family.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Step 2

    Put the 1/4 cup of butter and brown sugar in a 10 1/4-inch skillet and place it over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth. Turn the heat off and set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Peel the pears. Trim the stem end and blossom end and then slice the pears in half lengthwise. With a melon baller or a 1-teaspoon measuring spoon, cut the core out of each half. Place the pear on a cutting board, cut-side down, and slice thinly. Arrange the pear slices on top of the brown sugar mixture in the skillet.
  4. Step 4

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  5. Step 5

    In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the 6 tablespoons of softened butter with 3/4 cup of granulated sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  6. Step 6

    With the mixer on low speed, add about one-third of the flour and half of the milk and mix until blended. Add another one-third of the flour and the remaining milk and mix until blended. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until well blended. The batter will be thick.
  7. Step 7

    Spoon the batter evenly over the arranged pears. With a spatula, gently spread the batter out, taking care not to disturb the pears.
  8. Step 8

    Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake. 
  9. Step 9

    Remove the cake from the oven to a rack and let it stand for 4 minutes. Place a plate or platter (heatproof) over the skillet and carefully invert the cake. 
  10. Step 10

    Serve warm with ice cream or drizzle some sweet cream over the cake.