Saturday, April 3, 2010

Upside Down Caramel Pear Cake

I normally have little luck in baking, either look pretty & not edible OR edible & look terrible.
Here's my 1st successful attempt of baking a cake that is edible & look pretty fancy !!

Source : Sydney Morning Herald (Good Living magazine 02/03/2010)

This cake is easy to make & looks devine, The sticky brown caramel glazes the pears & seeps into the cake, making it moist & delicious. SErve warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 firm pears
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 100 gr unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup self raising flour

  • Preheat fan forsec oven to 170C (190C conventional).
  • Grease a 20 centimetre cake tin with removeable base & line the bottom with baking paper.
  • Put sugar & water in a small saucepan & warm gently until sugar dissolves.
  • Increase the hear & cook until the liquid is a light caramel colour.
  • Pour into the tin & swirl around to cover the base.
  • Peel, core & quarter pears & arrange on top of the caramel, with points facing towards the centre.
  • Beat eggs with raw sugar, vanilla, orange & lemon zest.
  • Add melted butter.
  • Mix in flour.
  • Place spoonfuls of batter over the top of the pears & gently spread, so as not to disturb the pears.
  • Bake in oven for 30-40 mintues or until the cake is set in the centre.
  • Remove from oven & turn out on to a plate while cake is still hot.

My little Tips:
  • 2 pears is sufficient if they are medium-large size ( I did it with 2 pears - cut into 6 for each)
  • I found it is easier to peel the pears before starting to make the cake, we can stick the pears to the caramel based cake tin
  • Making the caramel is a little tricky, do not leave them to dissolve by itself/ you might burnt the sugar
  • Place cake tin into another cake tray, just in case the caramel run a little wild
Original Recipe - Sydney Morning Herald (Good Living)

Cake tin with removable base
Arranging the pears
My masterpiece - Upside Down Caramel Pear Cake - not bad for 1st attempt


  1. Gaya lil bikin pear cake.. Mau dongggg..

  2. hahahaha..yeah..pan abis invest beli baking tin nih.