Caramelized pears upside down cake


pear-and-cardamom-upside-down-cake_6Autumn is for baking as summer is for making ice-creams and smoothies. So, let the baking begin 🙂  The first thing I baked this fall is this caramelized pears cake, which has 2 special ingredients that make it taste simply amazing.

The first one is cardamom, which I definitely loveeee 🙂 the second one is the most famous Albanian alcoholic drink, raki. In case you don’t like cardamom you may replace it with cinnamon. And in case you cannot find raki you can replace it with vodka or just leave it out. The cake will still be very nice.

Pears upside down caramelized cake

Time : 1 hour

Serves : 10 persons


  • 4 small to medium pears
  • 170 g butter divided (70 + 100)
  • 1/3 + ¾ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • 1 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 & ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ – 1 tsp ground cardamom (depending on how much you like it)
  • 1 tbs raki

* 1 cup – a standart cup of 240 ml


  1. Switch oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Butter a 20 cm round cake pan and leave it aside.
  3. Cream 100 g of butter with ¾ cup brown sugar and 1 tbs of raki.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and continue mixing.
  5. Add the yogurt and mix again.
  6. In another bowl mix the flour, salt, baking powder and cardamom.
  7. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until the batter forms.
  8. Leave it aside.
  9. Meanwhile peal the pears, cut them in small pieces and then place them in the bottom of the pan.
  10. In a small saucepan mix 70 g of butter with 1/3 cup of brown sugar in low heat and let them caramelize for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Pour the caramelized sugar and butter over the pears.
  12. At the end pour the batter and bake the cake at the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes.
  13. Let it cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then turn it upside down.

Serve it with some powder sugar on top, and a spoon of Greek yogurt.


Pears upside down caramelized cake


Pears upside down caramelized cake

Get Mandarina recipes via e-mail

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Leave a Reply