Pear Upside-Down Cake

55 16 servings, 1 piece (103 g) each
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16 servings, 1 piece (103 g) each

Move over, pineapple—pears are having a moment. Turn a packaged cake mix into a pound cake-like confection featuring pumpkin spice and cranberries (and pears, of course!). Our Pear Upside-Down Cake is a must-try recipe!

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  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Cut pears lengthwise in half; remove cores. Cut pear halves lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices; arrange on bottom of 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Mix sugar and spice; sprinkle over pears. Top with berries.
  • Beat next 5 ingredients with mixer until blended; pour over berries.
  • Bake 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean and cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool 10 min. Run knife around edges of pan to loosen cake. Place large platter over cake; invert cake onto platter. Gently remove pan. Cool cake slightly. Serve topped with Cool Whip.

Special Extra

Stir additional 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice into Cool Whip before serving over cake.


If you don't have a large platter, you can invert the cake onto a baking sheet instead.

Make Ahead

Cake can be baked ahead of time. Cool completely, then refrigerate up to 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator about 1 hour before serving.


  • 16 servings, 1 piece (103 g) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings, 1 piece (103 g) each
Calories 310
% Daily Value
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 3g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 320mg
Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary fibre 2g
Sugars 36g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 2 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • msjude |

    Easy and delicious! My daughter asks me to make it for every occasion. It's up again for Thanksgiving. :)

  • sostwald |

    My husband loved this cake! And he usually does not eat my baking as he is not big on desserts. My kids loved it too, except they picked off the cranberries, so I leave them out now. I use canned pears and it works out great, I find the fresh pears can sometimes be too firm or have little flavour. This is my most requested dessert from my family!

  • Klenz |

    Very sweet cake, suprisingly easy to make. I think I would prefer apple, but it still worked great with the pears. Tasted better the next day.