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Upside Down Pear Cake may look all elegant and fancy pants, but don’t let it fool you. This pear cake recipe is so easy! It’s made with a moist, fluffy spice cake mix, which is the perfect foundation for slices of delicious caramelized pears lining the top. The perfect fall dessert that’s sure to impress!

upside down pear cake on a white serving platter

I am SO excited that the fall season is here! I love all the amazing desserts and comfort food recipes that always pop up this time of year. Pumpkin is definitely my first love when it comes to fall flavors, but apple and pear are very close behind! This weekend we had company over for dinner, and I wanted to come up with a dessert using some beautiful pears I picked up from the store. I decided to make an upside down pear cake, swapping the classic pineapple rings for delicious fresh pears!

I absolutely LOVE the way this recipe turned out! Not only does it look super impressive, but it tastes incredible as well. The rich, cinnamon-infused flavor of spice cake combined with the buttery brown sugar coated pears is absolutely divine! I could almost just eat the pears off the top and leave the cake on my plate… Well, ALMOST 😉

spiced pear cake served on a white serving platter

And how fun is this wine advent calendar box?! You’ve got enough bottles to enjoy for 24 days before Christmas. Inside, there are 13 reds, 9 whites and 2 roses. No duplicate wines within box, so each day will be a new experience! The wine makes quite a delicious pairing with the pear cake, but the wine advent calendar box is such a great gift idea too! I know what all of my friends are getting for Christmas! The wine advent calendar box can be found at Albertsons. Visit for more details. Must be legal drinking age to enjoy. Enjoy responsibly!

I shopped at Albertsons, but you can also find the wine advent calendar at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Albertsons also offers Grocery Delivery and Drive Up & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! These services are a major lifesaver during the busy holiday season!

spice cake topped with pear slices

Ingredients in Upside Down Pear Cake

I love that everything in this dessert is simple with no hard to find ingredients!

  • Butter. The small amount of butter needed for this recipe will be melted in the cake pan to make the pears buttery and delicious.
  • Brown sugar. Sprinkle this over the melted butter before placing the pears in the bottom of the cake pan. The butter/brown sugar combo caramelizes the pears and turns them into an irresistible treat!
  • Pears. You’ll want to use ripe pears that are not too soft. I like to use Anjou (red or green), Bartletts (red or green), or Bosc pears in baking recipes. We’ll talk about the pears in detail below.
  • Cinnamon. Added to give the pears the perfect fall flavor. You could try using pumpkin pie spice instead.
  • Spice cake mix. Use any 15 ounce boxed cake mix. I chose a spice cake mix because the warmth from the spices give me all the fall feels. This cake looks and tastes amazing, but it will save you time and effort in the kitchen.
  • Water & oil. My cake mix called for 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil and 3 eggs. Use whatever ingredients your cake mix instructs.
  • Eggs. You’ll need three!
adding sliced pears to a cake pan

How to Make Pear Cake

This pear cake really couldn’t be easier to make! Instead of baking a cake from scratch, I used a spice cake mix, and my family honestly couldn’t even tell the difference. It’s great to make things from scratch, but when you’re short on time and don’t have the patience for it, using a boxed cake mix is an awesome kitchen shortcut.

  1. Melt the butter. Place butter in a round cake pan and heat it in the oven until melted. Once the butter is melted, remove the pan from the oven and add the brown sugar over the butter.
  2. Arrange the pears. Slice the pears and toss in cinnamon. Then, place the pears over the brown sugar in the cake pan. You’ll want to slightly overlap the pears as you place them into the bottom of the cake pan. You can see how this is done in the photos.
  3. Prepare the cake batter. Mix the cake ingredients as the box instructs. Gently pour or spoon the cake batter over the pears. Carefully, without moving the pears around, spread the cake batter evenly over the pears.
  4. Bake and enjoy. This cake will need to bake for 45 minutes and until a toothpick comes out clean. I know 45 minutes seems like it may be too long, but trust me, it will take about that amount of time. Let cake cool for about 5 minutes and then invert the cake onto a serving plate. Now let everyone oooh and aaaah over your gorgeous creation before diving in! It really is something to be marveled at : ) Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
pouring cake batter over sliced pears

What Pears are Best for Pear Cake?

I like to use Anjou (red or green), Bartletts (red or green), or Bosc pears when baking. To avoid the pears getting overly mushy, look for pears that are slightly firm. I recommend purchasing about 4 pears, then place them in a paper bag for around 2 days to ripen up a bit. Keep an eye on them because we don’t want them to get too soft. You’ll only need about 2 pears for the cake, but I suggest picking up a couple of extras in case any develop soft spots.

serving of pear cake on a white plate with a gold fork

Tips for Making Pear Cake

  • Inverting the cake is easy, but timing is important. If the cake is too hot, the fruit layer is still too juicy to flip. However, if the cake cools for too long, you run the risk of the pears sticking to the pan. Cool the cake for 5-10 minutes and you’ll be good to go!
  • Brown sugar is a MUST for this cake recipe. It’s what gives the pears that caramelized flavor. Don’t replace the brown sugar with granulated sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Toppings are optional and honestly this cake is pretty amazing on its own. But I’ve never been one to pass up a scoop of ice cream! You can pair this cake with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce or a dusting of powdered sugar to make it even more fancy.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you like the cake warm (I do!) just pop a slice in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.

Cake Variations

  • Nuts. For an added crunch, you can toss sliced almonds or chopped pecans over the brown sugar before layering on the pears. Or sprinkle the nuts over the top of the cake, prior to serving.
  • Pear + apple cake. Use a combination of pears and apples for the top of the cake.
  • Upside down apple cake. Replace all of the pears with apple slices.
  • Upside down yellow pear cake. Switch up the cake and use a yellow cake mix instead of the spice cake mix.
piece of spice pear cake on a small white plate

A beautiful addition to your fall spread, this upside down pear cake is full of flavor and is sure to impress your friends and family. I hope you get a chance to make this easy pear cake recipe very soon because it’s truly one of my favorites!

More Fall Favorites 

Healthy Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Apple Turnovers

Pumpkin Dessert Bars

If you try this easy pear cake recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and if your family loves it as much as mine does, be sure to give it a five star ⭐️ rating! Also, tag @kimscravings on Instagram with a picture of your creation. It’s so fun to see what you’re cooking! Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list to receive more healthy delicious recipes straight to your inbox.

slices of pear cake served with wine
upside down pear cake on a white serving platter
5 from 4 votes
Nutrition Facts
Upside Down Pear Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 435 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 405mg18%
Potassium 258mg7%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 222IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:10 servings
Upside Down Pear Cake
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins

Upside Down Pear Cake may look all elegant, but it's so easy! It's made with a moist, fluffy spice cake mix, which is the perfect foundation for slices of delicious caramelized pears lining the top. The perfect fall dessert that's sure to impress!

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 pears, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) spice cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place butter in a 9″ round cake pan and heat in oven until butter is melted. Once melted, sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter.
  3. Cut peeled pears in half lengthwise and remove cores. Cut pears again lengthwise in 1/4″ thick slices and place in a large bowl.
  4. Sprinkle pears with cinnamon and gently toss to coat. Arrange pear slices over the butter mixture in pan, slightly overlapping.
  5. Prepare cake batter as directed on package using water, oil, and eggs. Carefully spoon and spread cake batter over the pears.
  6. Bake cake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake for 5 minutes on a wire rack, then carefully invert cake onto a serving plate.
Recipe Notes

Cake mix. I used a Betty Crocker Super Moist spice cake mix, but any cake mix will do. This mix called for 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil, and 3 eggs, but use the cake recipe as instructed on your package. Yellow cake mix works great too!

Storage. Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you like the cake warm (I do!) just pop a slice in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.

Find more tips for making this cake within the post. 

Author: Kim
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pear Cake, Upside Down Cake

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