Raisin and Pear Upside-Down Gingerbread Cake

Keep these ingredients on hand in the pantry for a throw-together, rustic dessert.


Makes 8 to 10 servings

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 11 Minutes
Cook: 35 Minutes


1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (29-ounce) can pear halves, drained and sliced
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
12 maraschino cherries, halved
1 (14.5-ounce) package gingerbread cake mix
1 cup water
1 large egg


Melt butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over low heat. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Arrange pear slices over sugar; top with raisins, walnuts, and cherries.

Stir together cake mix, water, and egg until moistened; pour over pears. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Invert immediately onto a serving platter. Cool before serving.

Tip: Make sure pears are well drained before arranging in skillet.

Betty Gilbert, Cape Coral, Florida,

Southern Living Cook-Off Cookbook,

Oxmoor House

July 2004
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