Pear and gingerbread upside-down cake

Serves: 8-10
Prep: 20 minutes
Cooks In: 55 minutes

Pear and gingerbread upside-down cake

An upside-down cake that celebrates Winter flavours is sometimes just what you crave. In this recipe pear and gingerbread is matched for a delicious treat of a cake.

Serve this upside-down cake warm with ice cream or whipped cream for dessert or a special afternoon tea.

Pears are a Kiwi staple – did you know that some of the first fruit trees were planted by Samuel Marsden in 1819 and one – a pear tree – is still growing today?

Another of my favourite pear recipes are these Baked pears with blue cheese, walnuts and thyme – perfect on a cheese platter.

This recipe is from NADIA magazine.


Print Recipe

  • butter 50 grams
  • golden syrup 2 tablespoons
  • pears 3-4, peeled, cored and quartered (I used Winter Nelis)
  • crystallised ginger 3-4 cubes, sliced


  • butter 125 grams
  • golden syrup ½ cup, plus extra for serving if desired
  • plain flour 1½ cups
  • baking powder 1 teaspoon
  • baking soda 1 teaspoon
  • ground ginger 2 teaspoons
  • brown sugar 1 cup
  • eggs 2
  • milk 1 cup


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease or lightly spray the base and sides of a 23cm cake tin with cooking spray.

  1. In a small pot melt the butter and golden syrup together and pour into the base of the cake tin. Arrange pear quarters and crystallised ginger slices decoratively over syrup mixture.
  2. For the cake, melt the second measures of butter and golden syrup in a medium pot. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ginger into a large bowl and stir in the brown sugar. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a separate bowl.
  3. Stir the golden syrup mixture and the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and keep stirring until smooth and glossy. Pour batter over pear base, place tin on a baking tray (to catch any syrup overflow) and bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden and a skewer can be removed cleanly from the centre of the cake.
  4. Invert cake onto a serving plate while warm and serve with an extra drizzle of golden syrup if desired.