Gingerbread and pears are combined in a beautiful and tasty upside down cake that is a delightful blend of fruit and spice.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix the melted butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a 9-inch round cake pan.

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  • Slice pear halves in half lengthwise. Place a pecan in the center of each pear quarter. Place pears cut side down in the cake pan, arranging them like spokes radiating from the center of the pan. Sprinkle any remaining pecans around the pears.

  • Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, and pour over the pears and pecans in the cake pan.

  • Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before turning out onto a serving dish.

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Nutrition Facts

371.5 calories; 3.1 g protein; 59 g carbohydrates; 7.6 mg cholesterol; 377.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2007
I'm giving this 5 stars because it was the hit of my dessert buffet for Christmas. However I had to make a few mods. Couldn't find gingerbread cake mix so I used the spice cake as another user suggested. I made it the day before serving which probably wasn't a great idea since the topping soaked into the cake and made it soggy. To cover that mess up I made another batch of the syrup-sugar-butter mixture and thickened it with cornstarch heated it and poured it over the whole thing before serving. It was definitely the hit of the night... Highly recommend the additional thickened topping even if yours comes out great to start with. That put it over the top. Thanks for the recipe. I will probably make again but will likely thicken the original sauce as well. Merry Christmas! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/11/2010
Beautiful cake. I used canned pears and cut up one fresh pear to fill in. Personally I thought the cake was too heavy sweet and rich and actually may have liked it more using a spice cake mix rather than the gingerbread cake mix the recipe calls for. I wouldnt make it again. Read More
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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2007
I'm giving this 5 stars because it was the hit of my dessert buffet for Christmas. However I had to make a few mods. Couldn't find gingerbread cake mix so I used the spice cake as another user suggested. I made it the day before serving which probably wasn't a great idea since the topping soaked into the cake and made it soggy. To cover that mess up I made another batch of the syrup-sugar-butter mixture and thickened it with cornstarch heated it and poured it over the whole thing before serving. It was definitely the hit of the night... Highly recommend the additional thickened topping even if yours comes out great to start with. That put it over the top. Thanks for the recipe. I will probably make again but will likely thicken the original sauce as well. Merry Christmas! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2007
I'm giving this 5 stars because it was the hit of my dessert buffet for Christmas. However I had to make a few mods. Couldn't find gingerbread cake mix so I used the spice cake as another user suggested. I made it the day before serving which probably wasn't a great idea since the topping soaked into the cake and made it soggy. To cover that mess up I made another batch of the syrup-sugar-butter mixture and thickened it with cornstarch heated it and poured it over the whole thing before serving. It was definitely the hit of the night... Highly recommend the additional thickened topping even if yours comes out great to start with. That put it over the top. Thanks for the recipe. I will probably make again but will likely thicken the original sauce as well. Merry Christmas! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2007
This is a quick & delicious cake that can be personalized endlessly to suit anyone's taste. I made it as written except for replacing the water with pear juice. It made the whole house smell like Christmas & I was even inspired to take a pic which I'll post when I'm not having such a lazy day:o) Thanks Mallinda! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2008
Good holiday flavor. My husband and I both agreed that it needed more pears. Next time I'm planning to cover the entire bottom on the pan with the pear slices. I think that will make it look prettier too.;) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2007
Well this just throws off the ole diet!! Delicious cake Mallinda!! I had to use Spice Cake instead of Gingerbread as it appeared the grocer was out of it and I took Cheepchick's suggestion of replacing some of the water for pear juice. That topping is sinfully delicious - I could eat the whole thing in one sitting I am sure! Thanks Mallinda this one was nice and easy even for a novice baker like myself! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2009
Wow! I made this for a dinner party and was told that I had outdone myself. Really great cake for the holidays. I didn't have corn syrup so I used a little bit of honey. I also used 2 cans of pears instead of one. I decided not to use a cake mix and instead made the gingerbread cake using an old fashioned gingerbread cake recipe found elsewhere on this site. Put some minced ginger in the cake for some added zing and served with the option of whipped cream on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2007
I loved this recipe! It was SO easy and delicious. I chopped the pecans so it didn't look as beautiful as Cheepchick's photo but it disappeared so quickly no one even noticed. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe! Thanks Mallinda!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2007
This recipe was super easy and delicious. The pears were an excellent compliment to the gingerbread. My kids really gobbled this cake up. As an extra bonus the house smelled great while it was baking. Thank you Mallinda for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2007
I didn't have pears so I sliced an apple and used that. It was very good. I would like if it had been gooier caramel top. And would use apple or pear juice instead of water next time in the cake. But very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2007
Mallinda this was great! That caramel was genius! My family loved it. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/11/2010
Beautiful cake. I used canned pears and cut up one fresh pear to fill in. Personally I thought the cake was too heavy sweet and rich and actually may have liked it more using a spice cake mix rather than the gingerbread cake mix the recipe calls for. I wouldnt make it again. Read More
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