Upside Down Pear Ginger Cake

11Nov09

Pear and ginger cake

“YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!” That’s me screaming with excitement as I left university this afternoon (an internal scream of course). It was my final exam of the year and I have never looked more forward to the end of semester than I have this year. When I decided to go back to uni part time coupled with full time work, I didn’t think it was going to be a breeze, but I didn’t think it was going to be as tough as I have experienced. I have learnt a lot in my studies over the last two semesters and have thoroughly enjoyed the weekly discussion with my peers, but I spent way too many weekends reading and studying at the library and fighting peak hour traffic on Tuesday nights to get to lectures on time. There were also too many nights where I had to come home after a full day of constant meetings, emails and headaches to complete an assignment late into the night. Suffice to say, Linda was not a happy girl!

Now that school is over, I finally have some more time up my sleeve! I’m looking forward to summer, going to the beach, catching up on reading and exploring photography more (my camera has been idle and gathering dust on my bookshelf). More time up my sleeve means more time with Z, friends and family, lazy days and just having more time to do whatever the hell I wish to. I’m going to start another blog with a my sweet friend Amanda too which is rather exciting! I will also get to spend more time baking and blogging, sharing more yummy recipes like this upside down pear and ginger cake. It’s sticky, it’s moist and has just the right amount of sugar and spice.

So three cheers for finishing school and celebrating with yummy cake! Hip hip hooray!

Upside Down Pear Ginger Cake

Adapted from a recipe found on Taste.

1 and 2/3 cups brown sugar

250g butter, melted

4 medium pears, cored, peeled and cut into 2cm slices

1 cup golden syrup

2 eggs

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

big pinch of salt

2 and 1/2 cups plain flour

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

200ml buttermilk or sour cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C (140C if fan forced). Grease and line a 23cm square cake pan.
  2. Sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the base of pan. Pour 1/3 cup butter over the sugar and arrange the pear slices in a single layer over the butter and sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining butter, eggs, sugar and golden syrup. Sift in the flour, spices, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Fold through the buttermilk or sour cream. Pour this batter over the pears.
  4. Bake for an hour and half or until cooked through and tested with a skewer. Stand for 10 minutes before turning out. Serve warm or cold.
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24 Responses to “Upside Down Pear Ginger Cake”

  1. Finally you have a new post !!! yay!!
    the cake looks amazing!!

  2. That looks very tasty. It’s unusual to see a pear upside down cake cooked in a square pan but I think it looks much more attractive than using halves of pears arranged in a circle.

  3. Glad to see you are back, up and running, and done with school of course!
    That’s a great fall cake with nice pears and spices. Can’t wait to try it!!

  4. Great Cake!

    Congratulations on being done! Going to school and working full-time is definitely a challenge, but one that’s worth it!

  5. If it was possible, I’d send a big bottle of champagne your way because celebrations are definitely in order. Congrats girlie! I can’t wait to start our fun project.

  6. You deserve some you-time and congrats on finishing! The cake looks amazing.

  7. Yaay!!!! You are back with delicious cake. :)

  8. Congrats! Cake always makes things better. This cake looks amazing. The sweet pears sound great with the spicy cake.

  9. Oh my word. I am so insanely glad I have found your blog. This cake looks freaking awesome. I am going to take this recipe and turn it into cupcakes instead though. YES!

  10. summer break–how lovely! sounds like a well-deserved break. what a gorgeous cake…perfect flavors for the cold weather over in this neck of the woods. can’t wait to see what you and amanda are up to….

  11. Congratulations on completing your last exam!
    This cake looks beautiful. I think fruit based cakes are so underrated!

  12. YEEEEEEEEEEE!! Your recipe gave a “just finished my semester” feeling of excitement to my day!! Thank you!! Will add just the right love to our Thanksgiving menu!
    ~Kristin

  13. Congratulations on finally being free! I’m in my last year, so I can relate!! The cake looks amazing! And I can’t believe you’re taking on another blog!! When do we get to see it?

  14. Hooray for finishing school! Cake is always the best way to celebrate :D

  15. Don’t you eralize that anything upside down, drizzled with a little somethingsomething is just..always…good? :) yum tums!

  16. oh my, that looks amazing. i’ve been looking for a nice cake to have post-dinner with some coffee (as i’m still suffering through my final semester). this will be a nice incentive for the late evenings i have to stay awake studying.

  17. Wow i can imagine how great n releaved you feel …. freedom !! Yay for you :)
    The upside down cake looks fab !

  18. Can’t wait to try this out! And for your next update! Im suffering from Butter Sugar Flour withdrawals! :)

  19. Great recipe!

  20. Hi! Where are You! We are waiting for Your new sweet posts :)

  21. I’ve just found your blog and love it!

    This cake looks divine and absolutely perfect for this time of year. I particularly love the way you arranged the pear halves and that you used a square cake tin.

    I can’t wait to make it!

  22. YAY! Congratulations…such an amazing feeling to have the world at your fingertips. Or at the very least, this cake at your fingertips :) Looks fantastic! Happy to stumble across your blog today and eager to see what you and Amanda are cooking up :)

  23. 23 Fran

    Thank goodness your back Have missed your postings
    Just tried the Upside Down Pear cake…. abosolutely amazing
    Have just received a box of pears Will this cake freeze well ?

  24. I’ve been eye-ing pears in my grocery.. this cake looks phenomenal! I really enjoy browsing your blog :)


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