Susan Byrnes
12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

This attractive cake is a good choice to round out a fall menu. Use Bartlett or Anjou pears, if you prefer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, arrange pear slices spokelike in bottom of a 9-inch cake pan coated with cooking spray, working from the center of the pan to the edge.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and the next 7 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a bowl.

Step 4

Combine granulated sugar and 5 tablespoons butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Add flour mixture and 3/4 cup buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spoon batter over pears; spread evenly.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula; invert cake onto plate. Let rest 2 minutes; remove pan.

Step 6

To prepare glaze, combine 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon water, and juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until butter melts. Stir in brown sugar; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk. Let stand 2 minutes; pour glaze evenly over cake.

Ratings & Reviews

Sailorknight's Review

October 30, 2011
This was fantastic! The cake is really moist and flavorful, and the caramel is spectacular. Which is saying a lot because I hate caramel. I have to give it a 4 because I did make some changes. I didn't use the coffee because I didn't have any; I don't think it would add much to the flavor. I only needed two pears because I made it as a sheet cake instead of a round one (easier for me to store). On recommendation from another recipe, I used amaretto instead of water in the caramel (SO GOOD) and poured it over the pears before the batter, because that's how every other recipe has it. I would eat this all day every day if I could.