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Pear and Walnut Upside Down Cake

Serves 8
Time 50 min
Make a boxed cake mix extraordinary with the addition of caramel and fruit. Serve with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, if you like.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pear, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (17.0-ounce) box all-natural yellow cake mix, plus the ingredients required to make the batter
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Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Generously grease a 9-inch round cake pan. 

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of the pan then use it to line the pan; set aside. 

In a small bowl, stir together heavy cream and sugar until combined. 

Spread mixture evenly over bottom of pan; set aside.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

Arrange pears in skillet in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until edges are deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. 

Remove from heat and set pears aside to let cool slightly. 

Arrange pears in the bottom of the pan in a decorative pattern then sprinkle with walnuts.

In a medium bowl, prepare cake mix according to package directions. 

Pour batter over pears and smooth out with the back of a spoon. 

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. 

Transfer pan to rack to let cool then run a knife around edge of cake to release it from pan. 

Invert cake onto a plate, remove and discard parchment paper, cut cake into slices and serve.

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  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pear, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (17.0-ounce) box all-natural yellow cake mix, plus the ingredients required to make the batter
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.