pear and blueberry upside down cake

Pear and blueberry upside-down cake

  • Serves 10
  • Takes 20 mins to make, 1 hour 15 mins to cook
  • Easy
Upside-down cakes are always popular; they're fruity, moist and look pretty. This one, made with pear and blueberries, is no exception.

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories413kcals
  • Fat24.7g (11.9g saturated)
  • Protein6.2g
  • Carbohydrates38.5g (34.5g sugars)
  • Salt0.4g

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  • 200g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar 300g caster sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 ripe but firm pears
  • 200g unrefined caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g blueberries
  • Double cream to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/fan160ºC/gas 4. Butter a 23cm round cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Sprinkle the cake tin with the brown sugar.
  2. In a saucepan, mix together 500ml water, the caster sugar and lemon zest, then add the cinnamon stick. Place over a low heat. Meanwhile, peel and core the pears and slice into wedges. When the sugar has dissolved, add the pears to the pan and poach gently for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and lift out the pears with a slotted spoon. Place them in the base of the cake tin.
  3. In a bowl, beat the butter and unrefined sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the ground almonds, flour, salt and mixed spice, then the blueberries.
  4. Spoon the mix over the pears and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (except where it pierces a blueberry).
  5. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate. Allow to cool a bit more before serving warm, with double cream. 

From September 2010

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