Pear & Apple Upside-Down Cake



Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a 20 cm round cake tin.

Carefully slice pears into slices and arrange fruit on the base of tin in a fanned star pattern.

Combine the dry ingredients (excluding the brown sugar) in a bowl then add the oil, apple juice and vanilla extract, including the pear syrup, and mix well.

Pour over the pears and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until nearly cooked through.

Remove from tin by placing an oven-proof plate over the tin and turning upside down so you have the pears on top.

Sprinkle with the brown sugar and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Serve with vanilla coconut or soy ice cream.


  • 800g can pear halves in syrup, drained
  • 2 1/2 C self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C sunflower oil
  • 2 1/2 C apple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar, for sprinkling