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Upside Down Pear and Coconut Cake

This soft and moist upside down pear and coconut cake recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients. It’s the perfect Fall/Autumn or Thanksgiving dessert.

If you have a tonne of pears lying around, you are going to LOVE today’s upside down pear and coconut cake recipe.

I wasn’t really planning on making this cake but yesterday, I was cleaning out my refrigerator and there they were… FIVE pears staring back at me!

Pears must be a HORRIBLE fruit coz even my cook books don’t have many pear-related recipes.

There was one recipe for a pear scone (eeks!) and another one for pear sauce (yuck!).

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Imagine my SURPRISE when I took my first bite of this cake and DIDN’T puke…lol.

This upside down pear cake cake was surprisingly GOOD!

The melted brown sugar mixture created a CARAMEL-LIKE topping on top of the cake, which complimented the natural sweetness of the pears in a way that was PHENOMENAL! 

The upside down pear coconut cake was rich and dense BUT in a good way.

I also added some finely shredded coconut in the batter, which gave this cake a NICE texture and fragrance.

upside down pear and coconut cake 02When this cake came out of the oven, it was looking so NAKED!  lol

I didn’t like that at all!

So, I tossed some white chocolate shreds and coconut on the top and it looked so much better, instantly.

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Upside down pear and coconut cake
Recipe type: Cake
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Serves: 9 slices
This soft and moist upside down pear and coconut cake recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients. It's the perfect Fall/Autumn or Thanksgiving dessert.
Caramel-like topping:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 pears (peeled and cut into ½ inch wedges)
Cake batter:
  • 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup fat-free milk
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp white chocolate shreds
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a round spring form pan (Dimensions- 9×3). Add butter and place this pan in the oven. Keep an eye on it. When the butter melts (in less than 5 minutes), remove the pan from the oven.
  2. Now, sprinkle brown sugar all over the melted butter.
  3. Arrange your pears on top of the butter and sugar mixture. Keep this pan aside while you prepare the cake batter.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
  5. Then, add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla extract and mix everything properly.
  6. Now, add flour, baking powder, salt, coconut and milk and mix until just combined.
  7. Pour this batter into the pan you had prepared earlier.
  8. Bake for about 50 minutes minutes at 325 degrees or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let this cake cool for an hour on a cooling rack and then release the sides of the springform pan and flip it over gently on a serving dish or a cake board. Top it off with finely shredded coconut and white chocolate shreds.
  10. Enjoy!

Until next time, tata my lovelies!


  1. Viviane Bauquet Farre

    February 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    For someone who doesn’t like pears, you did a pretty good job of making this cake enticing! I wouldn’t mind a slice right now 🙂

  2. Jeannie

    February 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Wow! That is a very lovely cake, I too am not partial towards pears but have them once in a while in my fridge. Most times ended up in the dog’s stomach! I could try this next time:D

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