Gluten-Free Upside-Down Pear Cake

If you’re looking for a delicious cake to bake, then look no further as this gluten-free upside-down pear cake is so good.

Gluten-Free Upside-Down Pear Cake

By the time you’re finished baking, you will have a fluffy and moist cake that has tender caramelized pears on top. It’s the perfect sweet cake for either afternoon tea or dessert.

There are a fair few steps to making this cake, but it’s well worth the effort. You can take some shortcuts, but I recommend sticking to the recipe.

I recommend using fresh pears for the best results. If you decide to use tinned pears, then make sure you dry them as much as possible. Too much liquid will ruin the caramel. Tinned pears also might cook to be very mushy.

There are so many extras that you can have with this cake. All the usual extras are great such as cream, hot custard, or even a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.

Upside down pear cake ready to serve

This cake is great for using up some pears. If you have even more that you need to cook then you can always try cooking some poached pears. They’re so incredibly delicious.

Any leftovers are worth keeping as the cake will stay moist for a few days, especially if it is covered and stored in the fridge. I love to have the leftovers for breakfast or as a snack.

You can find the full recipe for this delicious upside-down pear cake right below. There is also cooking tips and nutritional information that you might want to check out.

Gluten-Free Upside-Down Pear Cake Recipe

Caramelized Pear Upside-down Cake
Prep time
30 Minutes
Cook time
1 Hour & 30 Minutes
Total time
2 Hours


Pear Layer

  • 75g (2.6 oz) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 pears, peeled and cut into 5 mm (0.03 in) slices

Cake Mixture


  1. Preheat an oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Grease and line the base of a 26cm (10.2 in) cake pan with baking paper.
  3. In a pan, melt the brown sugar and butter. Stir until combined, then put to the side.
  4. Layer the sliced pear in the cake tin in a spiral pattern. Pour the sugar mixture over the top of the sliced pears.
  5. In a mixer, add the butter and caster sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the eggs one by one.
  7. Sift together the gluten-free plain flour, baking powder, spices, and almond meal. Gently mix into the wet ingredients while also slowly pouring in the milk.
  8. Pour cake batter into the prepared cake tin.
  9. Bake in the oven for 1 ½ hours.
  10. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the cake tin.
  11. Remove from tin and allow to cool.
  12. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • If the cake appears to be browning too much on the top, then cover with foil, so it’s able to finish baking without burning.
  • As I mentioned above, it's best to use fresh pears and not tinned for this cake.
  • Adding cold eggs into the butter mixture may cause it to split. If this is the case, simply continue with preparing as it will not ruin your cake.
  • Ensure your baking powder is gluten-free as there are some brands that do have gluten in them.

Nutritional Information

All the nutritional information that you might want to know about this upside-down pear cake is right below.

It’s important to remember that this information is just an estimate as I made use of an online calculator to work it out.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 267g (9.42 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 662 Calories from Fat 265.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.5g 45%
Saturated Fat 14.3g 72%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 93g 31%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 61g
Protein 10g 20%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

There are plenty of other gluten-free cakes that you need to try. If you feel like eating something a little less fruity, then the chocolate fudge cake is well worth baking.

Another dessert that you need to try is a gluten-free key lime pie. It’s deliciously creamy and has that citrus flavor we all have come to love with a traditional key lime pie.

That’s all I have to say about this gluten-free upside-down pear cake recipe. I hope that you do enjoy it and that it bakes to be as great as it did for me.

If you have any feedback that you would like share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

One Comment

  1. Catja F on

    Sounds wonderful! Deathly allergic to tree nuts – have you tried the cake using another flour to replace the almond flour?

    Thank you for posting!

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