Apple Pear Upside-Down Cake with Ginger Caramel Glaze

September 28, 2009
3 Ratings
  • Makes 1 10-inch cake
Author Notes

What can I say? I love ginger almost as much as I love garlic. This recipe is a take on my mom's rhubarb cake with some reworking to fit an upside-down cake. It's delicious as a brunch cake - not necessarily sweet enough for an after dinner dessert, but definitely delicious. —pipsplate

What You'll Need
  • Ginger Caramel Glaze
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Apple Pear Upside-Down Cake
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick) room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  1. Ginger Caramel Glaze
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat 1/2 cup sugar over medium low heat until melted and turning brown - about 15 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 boiling hot water and stir furiously (sugar will bubble and fuss when you add this).
  4. Add 1 tablespoon ginger and 1 tablespoon cream. Whisk together and remove from heat. Pour into a 10" oven-proof skillet.
  1. Apple Pear Upside-Down Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Peel and core the apple and pear; cut each in half.
  4. Dice the first half of each apple and pear.
  5. With the remaining halves of the apple and pear, slice into thin strips. Place on top of the Ginger Caramel Glaze in the skillet. Fan them out to make a nice design. Start with the pears on the outside, not overlapping. Then place the apple slices in the inner circle.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  7. To the butter+sugar mixture, add the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, flour, soda, and ginger. Mix on low speed until just combined OR mix by hand. Do not overmix.
  8. Stir in diced apple and pear to the cake mix.
  9. Pour cake mixture over apples and pears in the caramel sauce.
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Remove skillet from oven and let sit 5 minutes, then invert onto cake plate.
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1 Review

Sarah R. December 14, 2009
The cake batter recipe here seems like it's a little off. The caramel and pears were great but the cake was almost like a sticky pudding, with perhaps a bit too much soda in relation to flour and liquid (almost to the point of being able to taste the soda). It bubbled a lot while cooking and ended up very wet and dark. Would have loved for it to be more light and cakey with a more distinct textural division from the caramelized fruit..