Want to Wow Your Holiday Guests? Make This Cake

Your whole kitchen is about to smell heavenly.

This recipe is provided by Caren Sachs, RDN, of Elements of Nutrition in Wilmington.

Spiced Pear Upside-Down Cake


  • 3-4 organic pears
  • 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cloves, ground
  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar

Peel and core pears. Slice thinly using a mandolin or sharp knife. Place in a bowl. Mix spices and sugar, and massage onto pears. Set aside.

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Sauce topping:

  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons organic molasses
  • 1/4 cup organic butter

Blend sugar and molasses in a food processor. Grease the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with butter, then line with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper with butter to ensure an easy release later. Melt butter into molasses mixture on low heat, stirring constantly. Pour into parchment-papered cake pan, evenly coating the bottom. Arrange pears over the sauce in a fanned-out design. Heat your oven to 350 F. 


  • 1 ½ cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground organic cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic cloves, ground
  • 3/4 cup organic butter
  • 3/4 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Incorporate eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. After eggs are fully incorporated, add the vanilla. Beat until blended. Add the dry ingredients and coconut milk alternately in small batches. Use a rubber spatula to incorporate all ingredients. Mix for approximately 2 minutes.

Pour batter over the arranged pear slices. Bake at 350 F until a toothpick tester comes out clean (about 65 minutes). As soon as the pan is cool enough to touch, place a plate over the cake and invert the cake onto the plate. Run a butter knife around the sides of the pan, then gently shake the pan to release the cake. Carefully remove any parchment paper that sticks. Let cool and serve with ice cream, if desired (we like LaLoo’s Goat Milk flavor with this).

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