Recipe by Mallinda
"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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dark corn syrup
1 (16 ounce) can
pear halves, well drained
1 (14.5 ounce) package
gingerbread cake mix
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 user suggested. I made it the day before serving which probably wasn't a great idea since the topping soaked into the cake and made it soggy. To cover that mess up, I made another batch of the syrup-sugar-butter mixture and thickened it with cornstarch, heated it and poured it over the whole thing before serving. It was definitely the hit of the night... Highly recommend the additional thickened topping even if yours comes out great to start with. That put it over the top. Thanks for the recipe. I will probably make again, but will likely thicken the original sauce as well. Merry Christmas!
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 rather than the gingerbread cake mix the recipe calls for. I wouldnt make it again.
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 like Christmas & I was even inspired to take a pic which I'll post when I'm not having such a lazy day:o)
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 prettier too. ;)
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 of replacing some of the water for pear juice. That topping is sinfully delicious - I could eat the whole thing in one sitting, I am sure! Thanks Mallinda, this one was nice and easy even for a novice baker like myself!
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 pears instead of one. I decided not to use a cake mix and instead made the gingerbread cake using an old fashioned gingerbread cake recipe found elsewhere on this site. Put some minced ginger in the cake for some added zing and served with the option of whipped cream on top.
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 change a thing about this recipe! Thanks Mallinda!!!!
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 baking. Thank you, Mallinda, for sharing this recipe!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Gingerbread Pear Cake
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 134
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