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Pear–Upside-Down Cake

Harness the sweetness of seasonal pears into a beautiful yet easy upside-down cake that will impress guests and family.

Serves 8
Ready in 75 mins
Prep time 20 mins
Cooking time 55 mins
323 calories per serving

Ingredients

> Cooking spray
> 2 medium pears
> 5 tbsp butter, softened and divided
> 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
> 1 tbsp lemon juice
> 3/4 cup granulated sugar
> 2 large eggs
> 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
> 1 tsp vanilla extract
> 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
> 1/4 tsp baking soda
> 1/4 tsp salt

Steps

1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan with the cooking spray. Cut a circle from a piece of parchment to fit in the cake pan and add to pan. Peel, core, and cut the pears into ¼-inch slices. Melt 2 tbsp butter. Evenly coat cake pan with melted butter and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Place pear slices in circular pattern in pan. Drizzle the lemon juice over pears.
2
In a large bowl, with hand mixer or stand mixer, beat remaining 3 tbsp butter on high 1 min., until creamy. Add the granulated sugar and beat again on high 1 min. With a rubber spatula, scrape down sides of mixture in bowl. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on medium until combined, and then add the buttermilk and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. On low speed and in batches, add flour mixture to wet ingredients until combined.
3
Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan over pears. Bake 50–55 min., until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 20 min., then loosen the edges with a knife. Place a plate over the cake pan and carefully flip upside down. Peel layer of parchment off and serve.

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