Red Anjou pears are layered in the bottom of this Almond Pear Upside Down Cake recipe, with warm, fragrant spices that compliment the cake.

piece cut out of a Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

Friends, if you’re looking for a stunner cake recipe for this holiday season, then this Almond Pear Upside-Down Cake is it . Of course, upside down cakes are my all-time favorite cakes, because they remind me of my mom. My beautiful mom, Millie, was the best cook and person! I miss her so much, especially around the holidays.

Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

This moist Almond Pear Upside Down Cake will not disappoint. It’s elegant and beautiful for this festive season! You can top it many ways, but we love a soft whipped cream.

serving Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

Serve a breakfast cake for the holidays

Or serve with a maple-flavored whipped cream or serve the cake warm with vanilla ice cream.

We love this for breakfast or dessert. Breakfast cake is really yummy to serve, especially during the holidays! This peach upside down cake recipe you can use canned peaches, when fresh are not in season. This is my mom’s go-to recipe!

a piece of Almond Pear Upside Down Cake with whipped cream

Ingredients for Pear Almond Cake

  • All-purpose flour + almond flour
  • Butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Cinnamon + allspice + fresh nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract
  • White sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Red Anjou pear
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

a serving of Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

Ingredients to Caramelize the Pear

  • Butter
  • Kosher salt salt
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon + allspice

You can also make my mom’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream!

making a Almond Pear Upside Down Cake with red pear

How to make an upside down pear cake

Red Anjou pears, because of their firm texture, hold up well in this upside down cake. Warm, fragrant fall spices compliment the moist almond flour and vanilla, creating a decadently moist cake that you can serve for breakfast or dessert.

To cut your pear evenly, begin by dividing it into quarters, then quarter the quarters, cutting out the seeds as needed.

round Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

Use a 10’’ springform pan for this recipe, lined with a parchment paper round. We always keep a stash of parchment paper in our kitchen for baking!

Combine the butter, salt, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Heat and spread onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

Layer the pear slices in a spiral fashion on top.

Next mix the flour, almond flour, butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat until creamed, then add the sugar and baking soda and beat on medium-high until smooth.

Finally, beat in the eggs and pour the batter over the pears and gently smooth out.

up close picture of Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

How to serve upside down pear cake

Bake and then cool for 15 minutes until the sides of the cake begin to pull away from the pan.

Use a knife to release the cake from the outer ring, then invert the cake onto a serving platter or cake stand.

Serve warm with ice cream or chilled with whipped cream.

taking a bite of Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

Keep your fork, the best is yet to come

Also, picture this.

You’re sitting around with all your family and friends at a holiday meal. And the host says, “Keep your fork! the best is yet to come!”

And right away, you keep your fork, and you think of the most wonderful dessert.

Well, years ago I posted this inspirational story on my blog, and it’s the perfect read for today.

Happy hosting!

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Almond Pear Upside Down Cake

Red Anjou pears, because of their firm texture, hold up well in this upside-down cake. Warm, fragrant fall spices compliment the moist almond flour and vanilla, creating a decadently moist cake that you can serve for breakfast or dessert. Top with a maple-flavored whipped cream or serve the cake warm with vanilla ice cream. To cut your pear evenly, begin by dividing it into quarters, then quarter the quarters, cutting out the seeds as needed.

Ingredients

Cake Batter

  • c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 c almond flour
  • ½ c unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp Diamond Kosher Salt
  • 1 ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • A pinch of fresh nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ c white sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder

Caramelized Pear

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ c kosher salt
  • c brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1 medium Red Anjou pear, sliced into 16 equal pieces

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10’’ springform pan with butter or cooking spray, then line the bottom with a parchment paper round.
  • In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp of unsalted butter, 1/4 tsp salt, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Heat in microwave for 30-45 seconds until the butter has melted. Whisk together, then spread onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Layer the pear slices in a spiral fashion on top. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the flour, almond flour, butter, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Beat on medium until combined and creamed, 1 minutes. Add the sugar and baking soda and beat on medium-high until smooth, 60-90 seconds. Finally, beat in the eggs on medium one at a time, waiting 10 seconds before adding the next egg. Beat until eggs are incorporated. Pour the batter over the pears and gently smooth out.
  • Place on the center rack of the oven for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool 15 minutes until the sides of the cake begin to pull away from the pan. Use a knife to release the cake from the outer ring, then invert the cake onto a serving platter or cake stand. Serve warm with ice cream or chilled with whipped cream.
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Almond Pear Upside Down Cake with a slice

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