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Gingerbread Pear Cake


"Gingerbread and pears are combined in a beautiful and tasty upside down cake that is a delightful blend of fruit and spice."
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1 h servings 372 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 372 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 14.9 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 59g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 377 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix the melted butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Slice pear halves in half lengthwise. Place a pecan in the center of each pear quarter. Place pears cut side down in the cake pan, arranging them like spokes radiating from the center of the pan. Sprinkle any remaining pecans around the pears.
  3. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, and pour over the pears and pecans in the cake pan.
  4. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before turning out onto a serving dish.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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  1. 49 Ratings

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I'm giving this 5 stars because it was the hit of my dessert buffet for Christmas. However, I had to make a few mods. Couldn't find gingerbread cake mix, so I used the spice cake as another us...

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Beautiful cake. I used canned pears and cut up one fresh pear to fill in. Personally I thought the cake was too heavy, sweet and rich and actually may have liked it more using a spice cake mix...

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I'm giving this 5 stars because it was the hit of my dessert buffet for Christmas. However, I had to make a few mods. Couldn't find gingerbread cake mix, so I used the spice cake as another us...

This is a quick & delicious cake that can be personalized endlessly to suit anyone's taste. I made it as written except for replacing the water with pear juice. It made the whole house smell lik...

Good holiday flavor. My husband and I both agreed that it needed more pears. Next time, I'm planning to cover the entire bottom on the pan with the pear slices. I think that will make it look...

Well, this just throws off the ole diet!! Delicious cake, Mallinda!! I had to use Spice Cake instead of Gingerbread as it appeared the grocer was out of it and I took Cheepchick's suggestion o...

Wow! I made this for a dinner party and was told that I had outdone myself. Really great cake for the holidays. I didn't have corn syrup so I used a little bit of honey. I also used 2 cans of pe...

I loved this recipe! It was SO easy and delicious. I chopped the pecans so it didn't look as beautiful as Cheepchick's photo, but it disappeared so quickly, no one even noticed. I wouldn't ch...

This recipe was super easy and delicious. The pears were an excellent compliment to the gingerbread. My kids really gobbled this cake up. As an extra bonus, the house smelled great while it was ...

I didn't have pears, so I sliced an apple and used that. It was very good. I would like if it had been gooier caramel top. And would use apple or pear juice instead of water next time in the ca...

Mallinda, this was great! That caramel was genius! My family loved it. Thanks!