Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is so good.... a moist cake with sliced pears, skillet-baked in a brown sugar sauce, inverted onto a platter for serving, this is a winner.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9-inch cast-iron skillet.
  3. In a bowl, combine together the flour and the next 7 ingredients (flour through cloves).
  4. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, 1/4 cup butter and molasses; add to the flour mixture, stirring until smooth.
  5. In a cast-iron skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter.
  6. Stir in 1/3 cup brown sugar; cook over medium heat 1 minute.
  7. Remove from heat; sprinkle with walnuts.
  8. Place the pear slices in the bottom of the skillet.
  9. Pour the batter over the pears; bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake tests done.
  10. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack; invert the cake onto a serving plate.
  11. Serve warm, or at room temperature.


Most Helpful

This tasted like a gingerbread with pears to me. We liked it, but I don't know that I would make it again.

Chris Reynolds September 05, 2005

So quick, so easy and Oh so tasty! It lasted only 24 hours. Thanks for a great treat.

Craig Shrum January 26, 2005

I remember this cake oh so well because I was pretty worried how this would turn out when I'd first made it{you know, inverting the pears was sort of scary - this is about the time when I was quite new at baking}. I used honey as a substitute for the molasses. This was one heck of a good cake! Thank you for bringing back happy memories:)

Charishma_Ramchandani June 10, 2004

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