Gingered Pear Upside Down Cake

Picture of gingered pear upside down cake

Ingredients for Toppings

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 large ripe pear

Ingredients for Cake

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk

Directions for Topping

Combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until smooth. Pour evenly into 9-inch round or square cake pan that has been sprayed with no-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with chopped ginger. Set aside.

Directions for Cake

Place granulated sugar, shortening, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to Speed 2 and mix about 45 seconds. Continuing on Speed 2, add eggs and mix about 45 seconds longer. Continuing on Speed 2, add remaining cake ingredients and mix about 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl. Turn to Speed 6 and beat about 1 minute. Peel, core, and slice pear. Arrange pear slices evenly over sugar mixture in pan. Spread batter evenly over pear slices. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 to 55 minutes, or until center springs back when touched lightly. Let stand in pan about 3 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings.

* Recipe provided by Kitchen Aid.