Pear Cake {Pear Upside Down Cake}

Quick and easy pear cake recipe (pear upside down cake) that’s soft, moist and made with simple ingredients. Perfect Fall/Autumn or Thanksgiving dessert.

If you have a tonne of pears lying around, you are going to LOVE this pear cake recipe (pear upside down cake).  It was inspired by this Homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Also, since it is Fall, check out this  Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake or this Apple Cake or this Apple Pie Cake.

Easy Pear Cake Recipe

Pear upside down cake recipe:

The melted brown sugar mixture creates a CARAMEL-LIKE topping on top of the cake, which compliments the natural sweetness of the pears in a way that is PHENOMENAL!  The upside down pear cake is 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.

Fresh pear cake:

Don’t make pear cake with canned pears/ canned pear cake. Fresh pears must be used in this recipe because that creates the best texture and flavor.

When this cake came out of the oven, it was looking so NAKED that I tossed some white chocolate shreds and shredded coconut on top to make it look more attractive. After all, we eat with our eyes first!

Italian pear cake/ French pear cake:

My version is upside down and neither French not Italian. In those version, fresh pears are chopped and added into the cake batter. There is also the addition of sliced almonds and powdered sugar on top after baking.

Pear Upside Down Cake Recipe

Variations of easy pear cake:

  • Pear Cake with Caramel Sauce– Drizzle caramel sauce on top of the cake, once it has fully cooled down.
  • Chocolate Pear Cake– Drizzle chocolate ganache on top of the cake, once it has fully cooled down.
  • Apple and Pear Cake– Use a combination of pears and apples in this recipe.
  • Almond Pear Cake– Stir in 2 tbsp sliced almonds in the cake batter.
  • Ginger Pear Cake– Add 2-3 tbsp chopped crystallized ginger pieces in the cake batter.
  • Spiced Pear Cake– Add allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, based on your preference.
  • Apple Upside Down Cake– Replace all pears with apple slices.
Upside Down Pear Cake Recipe

Tips for easy upside down pear cake:

  • This is NOT a pear bundt cake recipe. Don’t use a bundt pan! You must use a springform pan so that it’s easy to remove the cake from the pan.
  • The cake must completely cool down before it’s removed from the pan or else it will break.
  • This is NOT a healthy pear cake. It’s a rich cake and you must use butter in this recipe, not margarine or coconut oil e.t.c.
  • Don’t replace brown sugar with granulated sugar because that’s what gives this cake its caramelized flavor.
  • You can add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice to enhance the flavor of this cake further.
  • For an added crunch, you can toss sliced almonds on top of the cake, prior to serving.
  • Pair this cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to make it even more delicious.

Other Fall Cakes/Thanksgiving Cake Recipes:

Pear Cake Recipe (Pear Upside Down Cake)
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Pear Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Quick and easy pear cake recipe (pear upside down cake) that’s soft, moist and made with simple ingredients. Perfect Fall/Autumn or Thanksgiving dessert.
Yield: 9 slices


Caramel-like Topping

  • ¼ cup Butter, Unsalted
  • cup Brown sugar
  • 3 Pears, Peeled and cut into ½ inch wedges

Cake Batter

  • 1⅓ cup All-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp Coconut, Desiccated
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Eggs, Large
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Milk, Whole


  • 1 tbsp Coconut, Finely shredded
  • 3 tbsp White chocolate , Shreds


  • 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 pan from the oven.
  • Now, sprinkle brown sugar all over the melted butter.
  • Arrange your pears on top of the butter and sugar mixture. Keep this pan aside while you prepare the cake batter.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Then, add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla extract and mix everything until smooth.
  • Add flour, baking powder, coconut, milk and mix until just combined. Don't over-mix! 
  • Pour this batter into the pan you had prepared earlier.
  • Bake for about 50 minutes at 325 degrees or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let this cake cool for an hour on a cooling rack and then release the sides of the springform pan and flip cake over gently on a serving dish or a cake board. 
  • Top it off with finely shredded coconut and white chocolate shreds. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Calories: 362kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 98mg, Potassium: 221mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 475IU, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Calories: 362
Author: CakeWhiz

46 comments on “Pear Cake {Pear Upside Down Cake}”

  1. Do you mean coconut flour?

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