Honey Pear Upside Down Cake: Honey butter cake layers, baked with caramelized pears and filled and covered in a honey cream cheese frosting.
Honey Pear Upside Down Cake
As I’ve combed through Pinterest, Instagram and my go-to food blogs lately, I’ve noticed a trend in honey and fig cakes, especially for weddings. Seeing so many of these beautiful cakes, I wanted to make one for myself and see what the hype is all about. However, before even searching for recipes, I reminded myself that I don’t really like figs (why make a cake I wouldn’t love?). I do, on the other hand, love honey. So that ingredient was a keeper, and I just needed to come up with another fruit.
Pears were an obvious choice. They’re a perfect match for honey, in my opinion.
Before making this cake, I knew that I didn’t want to do a fruit filling and I didn’t want to put the pears into the batter (for no particular reason – just the mood I was in, I guess). That left me with one option: cooking the pears on top of the cake, just like an upside down pineapple cake.
I caramelized the pears a bit (I like to use slightly firm pears) and used some of the leftover sauce to pour on top of the pears before adding the batter to the cake pan. This step gives the cake a bit of a brown sugar glaze, another solid flavor addition to the honey and pears.
After you layout the pears between the three pans, you’ll want to carefully pour 16 to 17 ounces of batter on top. Use an offset icing spatula or the back of a spoon to carefully spread out the batter.
How good does this cake look? Even without the honey cream cheese buttercream, it’s already got great flavors and texture. You could cut a slice right now and walk away happy… but don’t… the honey cream cheese frosting is definitely worth waiting for.
And if pictures aren’t enough, here’s a quick video of this step: