Pear Walnut Upside-Down Cake Recipe

Pear & Walnut Upside-Down Cake

This classic dessert, upside-down cake, has been updated for the season using pears and walnuts.

15 min. prep time
8 servings
141 Rating



1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 medium Bartlett or Anjou pears, thinly sliced
1/3 cup chopped walnuts


1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Ice Cream

Vanilla or cinnamon ice cream, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Melt 1/4 cup butter in oven in 9-inch metal pie pan or 9-inch round baking pan. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar. Arrange pear slices over brown sugar in spoke-fashion, overlapping slices in center; sprinkle with walnuts. Set aside.

Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining cake ingredients; continue beating until well mixed. Gently spread batter on top of pears.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around inside of pie pan to loosen sides of cake. Invert cake onto serving platter. Remove pie pan. Cool completely. Serve with ice cream, if desired.

Recipe Tip

This cake, served upside-down, is even “created” upside-down! The topping is made first and put in the bottom of the pie pan. The cake is added next and baked until golden brown. The brown sugar-butter mixture caramelizes as it bakes giving the pears and nuts a delicate candy-like coating. After baking, the cake is inverted and served upside-down – or is it right-side up?

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 350

Fat: 18g

Cholesterol: 90mg

Sodium: 290mg

Carbohydrates: 43g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 4g

Recipe #12505©2002Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

this is better the second day then the first. it gets moister. The only thing I would do different next time is to peel the pears and to slice them real thin. Other then that it made a nice cake. Also thought about grating the pears instead Will make this again.

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