Sarah Karnasiewicz
Hands-On Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 6-8

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oven to 375˚ F. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves and caramelizes, about 2-3 minutes. Place the pear slices into the pan, arranging them over the caramel in an overlapping circle. Melt remaining 8 tablespoons of butter in microwave or small saucepan and set aside.

Step 2

Make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a separate large bowl stir together the buttermilk and the melted butter. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring softly, until just smooth and combined.

Step 3

Spoon the batter into the skilled over the pear layer and gently smooth it to the edges. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes, then turn the cake over onto a large platter. Serve wedges slightly warm or at room temperature with whipped cream.

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