Everyday Dorie: Caramel-Pear and Five-Spice Upside-Down Cake

October 28, 2022 at 3:40 pm | Posted in cakes & tortes, everyday dorie, groups, simple cakes, sweet things | 5 Comments
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caramel-pear and five-spice upside-down cake

I do appreciate a good upside-down cake, and have made several here, using all different kinds of fruit. The bulk of them Dorie’s, of course, since this blog has for many years been basically a DG stan account (I think I used that term correctly). This Caramel-Pear and Five-Spice Upside-Down Cake uses a technique I don’t remember doing before with any of them– making the batter in the food processor– and it worked brilliantly!

Everything about this was good, from the soft texture of the blitzed cake, to the caramelized pear topping (no sticking!), to the flavorings. I did make a citrus switch. As I didn’t have a lemon, I used orange instead, which I think of as a natural partner to five-spice anyway. I made half a recipe of the cake and baked it my 7″ cake pan, which had space for a nice pinwheel of pears on top.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all of our cakes this week.


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  1. This cake is stunning, the smaller size actually makes it easier and more pleasing to arrange the pears in a circle. I also like how you leaves the skin on. Brilliant!

    • thank you!! if fruit or veg has nice looking skin, i usually just give it a good scrub and leave it on.

  2. A beautiful pinwheel of pears. You also got a nice caramelization. Love this fall baking.

  3. SO PRETTY!!!

  4. Your smaller size made for a perfect looking pear pinwheel…and your deep color looks great!!

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