Peach or Pear Upside-Down Ginger Cake

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Sometimes a dish looks like a piece of art and tastes like packing peanuts. Other times it looks like a blob of mush and makes your tastebuds want to cry for joy. And sometimes there is a dish that tastes as good as it looks, elicits ooh and aahs from the people you serve it to, AND tastes just as yummy the next day. I give you one of these dishes – a peach (or pear) upside-down ginger cake!

I drew from this original recipe, which I followed to the letter. The 2nd and 3rd time I baked the cake I took a few liberties, especially where the butter was concerned. I love butter, I really do (who doesn’t?), but with all the other strong flavors going on in this cake, it wasn’t adding a lot, so why bother with the calories? I leave it in where it matters (with the sugar and the fruit, on the bottom of the pan), and take it out where it doesn’t (replaced with Greek yogurt in the cake batter). I imagine this would be delicious as well with apples. All in all a perfect late summer or fall recipe, easily adaptable to whatever fruit you have on hand!

Peach or Pear Upside-Down Ginger Cake

Peach-or-Pear Upside-Down Ginger Cake |

Time: 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 mins                Serves 12
Per slice: 253 calories; 48 carbs; 6g fat; 4g protein; 17g sodium; 31g sugar


  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, divided into 2 half cups
  •  4 or 5 large peaches, or 3-4 pears
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 2/3  cups flour (you can mix up white and whole wheat if you like)
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (original recipe calls for butter here, but it is not necessary and this make the recipe much healthier)
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger root


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray non-stick cooking spray on a 10 inch round cake pan.

Mix together butter and sugar and pour in the bottom of the pan, or simply sprinkle sugar on bottom of pan and drizzle with the melted butter. It all melts together anyway.

Arrange fruit slices in the pattern of your choice over the bottom of the pan.

Dissolve together the boiling water and baking soda;  set aside.Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, and powdered ginger).
Cream sugar and yogurt together until light and fluffy; beat in molasses, then egg.
Add in the dry ingredients, the baking soda and water mixture, and the fresh ginger, mixing to combine.
Mix for another minute until smooth, then pour over the fruit in the  pan.

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Bake 40-50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Place a serving plate over the top of the pan, grab both sides firmly, hold your breath, and flip! Hopefully it comes out easily and looks like heaven with fruit on top – mine did, all 3 times I’ve made it!
If you like, serve with fresh vanilla whipped cream.
I recommend making this the day you intend to serve it. On my first try, I made it the day before a party, and although it still tasted delicious, the peaches looked a little sad and mushy on day 2.

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  1. I LOVE this website! Everything that you post looks so yummy & healthy. I am going to try to make Pasta with pear, arugula, and Gorgonzola cream sauce this weekend….. I see that your site advocates up-cycling (which I love to do), Do you have any suggestions on how to use old furniture to use for a homemade dressing room? I recovered a beautiful, short, round table that I would like to refurbish. Any ideas would be grateful. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Shannon! Let me know how the pasta turns out! For upcycling old furniture… I’ve only done it once myself, when I found an abandoned dresser on an NYC street corner (now, with bedbug fears, I assure you I will not do it ever again!) It looked awful and was missing a drawer, but I slapped on some black paint, painted the drawer pulls gold, and got someone to make me a replacement drawer. By the time I was done, it looked like, if not a million bucks, at least $100. So I would say to gather mismatched furniture that you like the looks of, paint them all the same color, and use a jazzy accent color (like gold) to make them pop!

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