Banana-Pear Upside Down Cake

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  • Cook Time: 55 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 Bosc pears
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch, round cake pan.
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  2. Mix brown sugar and melted butter in a small bowl. Spread on the bottom of greased pan.
  3. Peel, core and thinly slice the pears. Arrange pear slices in on top of brown sugar mixture in a spiral.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together the granulated sugar and stick of butter with a hand mixer.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas to the creamed sugar. Beat on medium speed for 5-10 minutes.
  6. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and salt.
  7. Slowly add flour mixture and milk to the banana mixture by alternating between the flour and milk. Beat slowly until just incorporated.
  8. Pour batter into cake pan, on top of the pears and brown sugar mixture.
  9. Bake for 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to cool for five minutes.
  10. After five minutes, turn cake out onto a serving plate.