Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Save Recipe Print
Total:
1 hr 50 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
50 min

Nutrition Info

Ingredients

Pears:
Cake:

Directions

1. For the pears: Lightly butter a 9-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, and butter the paper. Put the butter, brown sugar, and lemon zest and juice in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until melted. Add the pears, cover, and simmer, turning once, until the pears are soft and juicy, about 4 minutes. Pour the pears and their syrup into a strainer set over a saucepan. Set the syrup and 1 pear quarter aside. Arrange the pears, cut side down in a spoke-like pattern in the pan. Cut the reserved pear and use to fill the center.

2. For the cake: Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Scald milk in a small saucepan; keep warm. Whisk flour with almonds, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and gradually add granulated sugar; continue beating until mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl. Add cocoa powder and vanilla and beat 1 minute. While mixing at medium-low speed, add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. While mixing slowly, add the flour mixture in 4 additions; turn off the mixer and fold in the hot milk with a rubber spatula. Spread the batter over the pears, taking care not to disturb the pattern. Tap the pan lightly on the counter to settle the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in the pan on a rack for 20 minutes, then invert the cake onto a serving plate. Cool briefly, carefully peel the parchment paper from the top, and then cool completely.

4. To finish the cake: Boil the reserved pear syrup until slightly thick and lightly brush the top of the cake with syrup. Whisk a few tablespoons of cocoa powder with an equal amount of confectioners' sugar, and sift over the cake; serve.

Get the Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring

Buffalo chicken dip finds a cozy home in crescent dough.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Recipe courtesy of Damaris Phillips

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Jars

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Upside-Down Citrus Ombre Cake

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Basic Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Latest Stories