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Pear & walnut upside down cake

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For the buttery base
  • 175g butter, melted
  • 45g caster sugar
  • 45g light brown sugar
  • 3 pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • walnuts to decorate
For the cake sponge
  • 45g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 60ml buttermilk
  • Serving
    Serves 6
  • Skill Level


Surprise surprise, another dessert which consists of pears...I just find them so tasty. So here is a spongy spiced cake, with yummy pears and walnuts, which you cans serve warm with chocolate sauce!! 
  1. Grease a 23cm cake tin with a little of the melted butter, the pour the remaining butter into the cake tin. Add the caster sugar and the brown sugar to the butter and mix well
  2. Arrange the pears nicely, curved side down, in the butter/sugar mixture. Then place the walnuts between each pear half
  3. To make the cake sponge, whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Stir together all the dry ingredients, then mix by hand with the butter and sugar mixture
  5. Add the egg and mix until incorporated, then add the vanilla extract and buttermilk and fold together
  6. Pour the batter over the pears, and spread evenly, then place into the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 40 mins (or until well risen and tooth pick comes out clean)
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for at least 10 minutes, then loosen the cake from the sides of the tin and invert it on to a rimmed serving plate. If any juices left, spoon them over the cake

Enjoy this yummy goodness :)


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