Upside down pear and coconut cake

You know when you go to the market and buy some fruit, simply out of habit???

For me, that fruit happens to be PEARS!

I am not even sure why I buy pears coz I DON’T like them.

Hubby doesn’t like them.

But every time I go grocery shopping… a whole bag of pears MAGICALLY appears in my freakin cart! lol

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Yesterday, I was cleaning out my refrigerator and there they were… FIVE pears staring back at me!

Darn it… I must have picked them up over the weekend :(

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

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

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So, I went ONLINE and found an upside-down pear cake recipe. 

Quite frankly, neither option really appealed to me but an upside-down pear cake seemed BETTER of the lot. 

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So, I got BUYS gathering all the ingredients, measuring, mixing, baking.

And imagine my SURPRISE when I took my first bite and DIDN’T puke…lol.

This cake was surprisingly GOOD!

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

The cake was 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.

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When this cake came out of the oven, it was looking so NAKED!  lol

I didn’t like that at all!

So, I tossed some shredded white chocolate and shredded coconut on the top and VOILA! It looked so much better instantly 😀

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To make this upside down pear and coconut cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Caramel-like topping:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup brown sugar (the recipe called for more but I thought 1/3 was enough) 
3 pears (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch wedges) 

Cake batter:

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt (the recipe called for more but I used less)
1 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp butter
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract (the recipe called for less but I adore vanilla and added more)
1/4 cup fat-free milk 


1 tbsp finely shredded coconut
3 tbsp white chocolate shreds

My recipe was modified from I Betty Crocker’s Pear-ginger upside down cake. god rid of all ginger from the recipe (coz I don’t like it in cakes). I also added desiccated coconut (coz I love coconut Smile). And lastly,I didn’t top it off with ginger whipped cream. The caramelization on the top of this cake was good enough for me. However, I sprinkled some powdered sugar and white chocolate shreds. That gave this cake some “character” plus it made it pretty…hehe.

And here are the steps:

Step 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.

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Step 2:
Now, sprinkle brown sugar all over the melted butter.

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Step 3:
Arrange your pears on top of the butter and sugar mixture. Keep this pan aside while you prepare the cake batter.

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Step 4:
In a deep bowl, add butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Then, add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla extract and mix everything properly. 
Now, add flour, baking powder, salt, coconut and milk. Mix until everything is blended properly. 

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Step 5:
Pour this batter into the pan you had prepared earlier.

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Step 6:
Bake 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees  or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

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Let this cake cool for 20-30 minutes 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. 

And you are done!

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Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this recipe, you may also like some of these other cake recipes…

Best pineapple upside down cake


Mango cake with mango frosting


Cranberry, coconut and candied nut cake

cranberry coconut and candied nut cake

Until next time, tata my lovelies :)

32 thoughts on “Upside down pear and coconut cake

  1. Wendy Irene

    I love the powdered sugar and white chocolate. It looks like snow! I think that is so funny you don’t like pears :) I don’t either. Maybe if you accidentally buy pears again you could make some kind of crumble mixed with berries. This cake does look beautiful and delicious! Have a great day! :)

  2. john@kitchenriffs

    I think we all sometimes buy something and never get around to using it. I hate it when that happens! Next time you buy too many pears, trying poaching them in wine – delish! And this cake looks delish, too. Love the idea – it never occurred to me to do an upside down cake with pears. Good stuff – thanks.

  3. MaryMoh

    I don’t quite like pears too. But a friend once served me poached pear with cheesecake and I thought that was nice, much to my surprise. Love your cake. I’m sure I will eat it 😀

  4. Becky

    I love the coconut and white chocolate addition to the upside down pear cake. I made an upside down pear cake last year, but I left mine "naked". Next time I’ll add the "snow".

  5. I Wilkerson

    I distinctly remember the first upside down cake I ever tried–despite it being 30 years ago. Yours is so beautiful I may finally have to try baking one. Well, as soon as I lose my Christmas weight :(

  6. Medeja

    Yeah.. I often gave left over fruit.. usually few different fruit and I find them when they are already gone bad :)

    Your pear cake turned out really great!

  7. EA Stewart

    Looks quite delicious to me! I’m usually "neutral" on pears, but sauted in a little butter w/ brown sugar and cinnamon, and cooked into a Dutch Baby Pancake-divine! Would love to try a gluten-free version of your cake for sure :-)

  8. grace

    i’m not crazy about raw pears, but when you poach them or stick them in a cake, i’m all for it. this one’s lovely, and i love the coconut addition!

  9. Laura Loves Cakes

    I almost feel sorry for pears…they’re generally not very popular and usually get overlooked for rather more glamorous fruit! But I think you’ve done them justice with your upside down cake…the carmaelised brown sugar sounds delicious! :-)

  10. Tiffany

    Your story had me cracking up! I totally buy things in the store out of habit… AND out of curiosity half of the time, or just because they are on sale :) Well, these pears went to fantastic use my friend! 😀

  11. Coffee and Crumpets

    Ha! I love pears! To eat and to bake with. I love them on salads and I love pear clafoutis (recipe on my blog) and I love a pear frangipane tart too. I prefer to bake with tinned pars though, more uniform in sweetness and flavour.
    this looks delicious to me and I will make it one day to satisfy my pear cravings :)

    Nazneen xx

  12. Jeannie

    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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