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Pear Upside-Down Cake

Using a packaged cake mix speeds up the preparation time of this tasty pear and pecan upside-down cake. This moist cake is pretty to look at and luscious, too. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spread butter in an 8-in. square baking dish. Arrange pear slices in a single layer over butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans.
  • In a large bowl, beat cake mix, milk and egg on medium speed for 3-5 minutes; pour over pears.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 236 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Sheila456
    Nov 6, 2014

    WHATEVER you do, stay away from Betty Crocker Extra Moist Yellow Cake Mix. I thought, hey, an easy recipe -- use a mix, quicker, less trouble! But that batter was DISGUSTING, all sticky and slimy, and the whole house smelled sickly, sickly sweet, and the cake didn't set and was all oozing and goopy and altogether a horrible disaster. Waste of good pears. YUCK.

  • tea-talk
    Oct 15, 2014

    Delicious! A little more mild than a pineapple upside down cake, but the flavor was excellent! I used a white Jiffy cake mix and walnuts instead of pecans (that's what I had), but it still turned out great! Will definitely make again, especially since I have a neighbor with a prolific pear tree :)

  • mlindab
    Mar 7, 2014

    I used a Jiffy yellow cake mix and it was divine!

  • BusterDoodle
    Jan 11, 2014

    Haven't made this recipe, but I think I see what the problem was for the previous reviewer: This recipe calls for a 9-ounce cake mix, which is for one layer, not the 18-ounce size that most of us usually buy. With the right size mix, the milk and egg measurements given would probably work just fine. It's too bad the recipe isn't more specific.

  • Maiden Faire
    Sep 30, 2013

    I find it odd that jerzeygirl70 mentioned the confusion with the directions close to a year ago, and the Taste of Home test kitchen still hasn't clarified the instructions. What a shame, my son loves pears and the picture looks like something he'd really like. I'm not willing to waste food in an attempt to figure out what should have already been cleared up.

  • jerzeygirl70
    Nov 22, 2012

    The recipe is not clear about preparing the cake as per the package, milk and do we prepare as the box says, then add the egg and milk?in addition to the 3 eggs, oil, and water that the box calls for? or is that used in place of something in the cake mix. I made it just as the package said without the additional egg & milk, and it ended up with a bubble in the middle and the center never cooked? Some clarification is necessary.