Cranberry Pear Upside Down Cake

Cranberry Pear Upside Down Cake

Cranberries, pears, oh my! This delicious cake recipe is made with fresh fruit and honey for a mouthwatering dessert that will become your guilty pleasure. Baked upside down so the top has a delicious caramelized layer, it's simply heavenly.


  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 can pear halves in juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup rye or regular flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9-inch round pan.
  2. In pan, stir brown sugar, margarine and lemon juice. Spread evenly over bottom.
  3. Drain pears, reserving one cup of  juice. Cut in half lengthwise. Place on top of brown sugar with rounded sides down, arranging like spokes of a wheel.
  4. Scatter cranberries in single layer around pears.
  5. In medium bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk sugar, honey, oil, egg whites, lemon rind, lemon juice and pear juice together until well blended.
  6. Add half flour mixture to liquid. Stir just to blend.
  7. Add remaining flour and blend, being careful not to overmix. Scrape into pan, spreading evenly over fruit. Bake 30-35 minutes.
  8. Place pan upright to cool for 5 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Serve warm.

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