Caramelized Pear Skillet Cake


"This upside-down cake is deceptively easy even though its impressive appearance might indicate otherwise, Jocelyn says. Add vanilla ice cream to take it over the top.

Caramelized Pear Skillet Cake
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • ½ cup butter

  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • 4 Bosc pears, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cored

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup molasses

  • ¾ cup water

  • Bourbon Sauce


  1. Place 1/2 cup butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Place in cold oven; preheat oven to 350°F. Once butter has melted, whisk 1/3 cup brown sugar into melted butter in skillet. Arrange pears cut sides down in skillet. Roast 20 to 25 minutes or until just tender and starting to brown. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves.

  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the 1/2 cup softened butter on medium 30 seconds. Add remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar; beat until combined. Beat in eggs and molasses. Alternately add flour mixture and the water to mixing bowl, beating on low after each addition just until combined. Pour batter over pears.

  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in skillet 10 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate. Drizzle with Bourbon Sauce. Serves 8.

Bourbon Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan melt 1/4 cup butter over medium. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg yolk, and 2 tablespoons water. Cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or just until boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons bourbon. Let cool slightly. Makes 3/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

640 Calories
31g Fat
85g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 640
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 435mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Total Sugars 55g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2.5mg 13%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 493mg 10%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 73.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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