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Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake

Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake is a beautiful, dense, moist, nutty flavored cake that is flavored with the juice of Bosc pears.  Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo friendly and Vegetarian recipe.

Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake a beautiful dense nutty flavored cake that is sweetened with the flavor of Bosc pears | ahealthylifeforme.com

Several years ago I planted a small fruit tree orchard in our backyard.  I planted four apples, four pears, four peach and four cherry trees.

All the trees did well for the first few years but have been hit or miss on the size of their production since then.  That is except for my pear trees.  I consistently get a good harvest, sometimes more than one girl can handle.  I mean really how many pears can a family eat.

So I  look for ways to enjoy them besides as mid-day snack.   I give some away, preserve some and bake with the rest.

Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake a beautiful dense nutty flavored cake that is sweetened with the flavor of Bosc pears | ahealthylifeforme.com

Hence why you are seeing an upside down pear cake.  Pears are such a sweet juicy fruit that they help make a moist cake that is flavored with all that wonderful pear juice.

Giving the pears a quick poach helps to release their juices and add flavor to the caramelized topping of orange juice, maple syrup, and coconut sugar. Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake a beautiful dense nutty flavored cake that is sweetened with the flavor of Bosc pears | ahealthylifeforme.comNot only is this cake made with nut flours which increase the % of protein and fiber.  Of course, those sweet delicious pears are one of the highest fiber fruits. A diet high in fiber can also keep your cholesterol levels down, which is good news for your ticker. Getting your fill of fiber from fruit is also linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

What is your favorite way to enjoy pears?

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Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake

5 from 2 votes
Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake is a beautiful, dense, moist, nutty flavored cake that is flavored with the juice of Bosc pears. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo friendly and Vegetarian recipe.
Prep Time22 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 12 mins
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients


Pears:

  • 3 Bosc pears {about 1 1/2 pounds} peeled, halved lengthwise, cored
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice {about 1/2 orange}
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons palm shortening {you can use unsalted butter if you are not worried about dairy free}


Cake Batter:

  • cup almond flour
  • ? cup + 3 tablespoons tapioca flour/starch
  • ? cup + 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest {organic orange}
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • cups coconut cream
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 11/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Pears:

  • Preheat oven to 350?. Butter a 10"-diameter cake pan and line bottom with a parchment paper round; flour sides of pan.
  • Cook orange juice, maple syrup,cup coconut sugar, and palm shortening in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is slightly reduced, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add pears, cut side up, and cook (undisturbed) until they begin to release their juices, about 2-3 minutes. Turn pears over and cook just until slightly softened, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer pears to prepared pan, cut side down.
  • Return skillet to medium heat and cook liquid in skillet until thickened and syrupy, about 2-3 minutes, depending on juiciness of pears. Pour syrup over pears and place pan in freezer to help quicken the set of the syrup. Just the time that it takes you to prepare batter.

Cake Batter:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, eggs, coconut cream, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the coconut cream mixture all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined and no lumps remain. Spoon batter into the prepared pan over pears.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool to room temperature before removing from pan.
  • Cake will last well wrapped in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

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31 comments on “Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake”

  1. hi amy,
    it looks so so so so so yummy normally we have stued fruit with pears so i dont know what a cake would taste like. im 8 yrs old, im gf, sf and nut free. im not allergic to nuts but i react a little. am i allowd to change the almond flour? and what do you think we sould do insted of almond flour? me and my mom love baking new things and lovely treats. from Caragh Xxx

    1. Hi Caragh,
      How about you use 2 1/2 cups of gluten free all purpose flour in place of the almond, tapioca and coconut flour. Would that work? I hope you and your Mom love the cake. Let me know how it turns out. xo

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth

    This looks so amazing! I haven’t made a whole cake in a longggg time, but I seriously want to give this one a try. Pinning!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    How incredibly pretty! Bosc are always my fave because I don’t have to sit around waiting for them to ripen.

  4. This recipe sounds yum, I love that this is paleo too! Unfortunately I can’t tell.. how many cups of tapioca and coconut flour should be in the recipe? It just shows little boxes for me 🙁

    1. I am sorry Whitney, Here are the ingredients:
      Pears:
      3 Bosc pears {about 1½ pounds}, peeled, halved lengthwise, cored
      3 tablespoons orange juice {about ½ orange}
      4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
      4 tablespoons coconut sugar
      2 tablespoons palm shortening {you can use unsalted butter if you are not worried about dairy free}

      Cake Batter:
      1¼ cup almond flour
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      ⅔ cup + 3 tablespoons tapioca flour/starch
      ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon coconut flour
      2 teaspoons baking powder
      ½ teaspoon baking soda
      ½ teaspoon salt
      ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1 teaspoon grated orange zest {organic orange}
      ½ cup pure maple syrup
      2 large eggs
      1½ cups coconut cream
      ¼ cup melted coconut oil
      11/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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    Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Such a great dilemma to have. . .what to do with so many pears? I’m wishing that I had all those fruit trees in my yard. But such wishes will remain just that when you live in the concrete jungle. Fortunately there are several good orchards a car ride away. . .and in a pinch. . .there is always Whole Foods. . .which means I don’t have to go another day without this beauty in my life. It looks absolutely stunning. . .and all the more special knowing that those pears were fruits of your labor.

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    Stella @ Stellicious Life

    I LOVE upside down cakes, and always thought poor pears were underappreciated despite being such a sweet, juicy and flavourful fruit. So perfect pairing in my book! And I love how airy the cake is.

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    I’m so jealous you have your own pear trees – what a wonderful source for delicious fruit and amazing new recipe ideas! And I just love the extra nutrition woven into this lovely gluten-free cake, thanks to the nut flours. Such a decadent, yet so much more nutritious, dessert for autumn!

  8. Hey Amy,

    This Looks like a fantastic recipe to me! I would love to make this one maybe making it a little bit thinner. Pears are great in cakes! Wish I had a tree garden 🙂

    Cheers

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    Christine | Vermilion Roots

    This cake looks amazing. I have all the ingredients to make this. Can I use coconut oil instead of palm shortening?

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