This pear upside-down cake with honey ginger sauce is soooo good and surprisingly easy to make. My kind of dessert.

When you want a dessert that shows well, tastes great and is surprisingly easy to make (shhh!), try this Pear Upside Down Cake served with warm honey-ginger sauce. Made with organic pears, applesauce and honey, this cake lends itself well to gluten and grain free adaptations!

The secret to this pear upside down cake is in the honey glaze that the pears are simmered in.  You just slice your pears and simmer them in a mixture of honey, raw butter, and fresh lemon juice.  Then, arrange the cooked pears nicely in the bottom of your pan like this:

And mix up your cake batter. The recipe calls for only 1 cup of flour, so it’s easy to use a gluten or grain free mixture instead of wheat flour.

Just dump the batter over the pears, and pop it in the oven.  While it bakes, add butter, honey and fresh ginger to the pan the pears were simmering in and let it thicken into a sauce.  Invert the cooked cake, and serve with a generous portion of warm, tangy sauce. Easy! But pretty enough, they’ll think you slaved in the kitchen for hours.

Yield: 8 slices

Pear Upside-Down Cake with Honey Ginger Sauce

Pear Upside-Down Cake with Honey Ginger Sauce

You may have heard of pineapple upside down cake... but what about pear upside-down cake? And add in that honey ginger sauce and you have a delicious dessert.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp. organic raw butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. organic lemon juice
  • 3 organic pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup organic applesauce (make your own)
  • 1 cup organic, unbleached flour (or, 1 cup gluten free flour substitute, or use 1/2 cup almond flour mixed with 1/2 cup coconut flour for grain-free)
  • Honey-Ginger Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. organic raw butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated organic ginger root
  • 2 Tbsp. organic lemon juice



    1. Melt butter in a large skillet, add honey and lemon juice.
    2. Add sliced pears, simmer until the pears are transparent and soft (7-10 minutes).
    3. In a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, eggs, and applesauce.
    4. Remove the pears from the skillet and arrange the slices in the bottom of a greased 9 inch round pan, leaving the liquid in the skillet.
    5. Pour the cake batter over the sliced pears, and bake at 350 for 35 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
    6. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes, then slide a knife around the edges to loosen. Invert the cake on a platter.

    Honey-Ginger Sauce:

    1. Add the butter, honey, lemon juice and ginger to the skillet that the pears simmered in (add to the liquid left over).
    2. Simmer the sauce until it begins to thicken, remove from heat and set aside.

      Serve the upside down cake with the sauce drizzled on top.


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