Chocolate And Pear Upside-Down Cake Recipe

apple Oct 13, 2021

  • Serves 12
  • 20 mins to prepare and 1 hr 25 mins to cook, 10 mins to cool
  • 393 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 6 small ripe pears (roughly 600g), peeled, quartered and cored
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 30g caster sugar
  • single cream, to serve (optional)

For the sponge

  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 190g salted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 100g low-fat natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas 4) and 160°C (fan). Toss the pears with the melted butter and caster sugar in a baking dish to coat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 25 minutes, or until vegetables are barely soft.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and set it aside until it is cool enough to handle.
  4. Grease and line a 20cm round springform cake tin with nonstick baking paper.
  5. Arrange the pears over the base in a tight circle, with the thin ends in the center. Drizzle any juices from the baking dish over the top.
  6. To make the cocoa, combine 100ml boiling water and the cocoa powder until smooth.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, yogurt, cocoa mix, vanilla, sugar, flour, and baking powder for 2 minutes with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time.
  8. Pour over the pears and gently shake to even them out.
  9. To make the cocoa, combine 100ml boiling water and the cocoa powder until smooth.
  10. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, yogurt, cocoa mix, vanilla, sugar, flour, and baking powder for 2 minutes with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time.
  11. Pour over the pears and gently shake to even them out.

Tip: The cake can be baked up to two days ahead of time, making it ideal for a dinner gathering. Refrigerate until ready to serve in an airtight container.
You can skip step 1 and use tinned, quartered pears instead if you're short on time. Drain the juice from the tomatoes and lay them straight in the tin as shown above.

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