Upside-Down Spiced Maple Pear Sour Cream Cake is sweetly aromatic, warmly spiced, and perfect for fall.
If you’re looking for the perfect sweet treat to usher in fall, may I humbly suggest this cake. No, there are no apples or pumpkin in sight (sacrilegious, right?), but lovely pears are also in season right now and although they’re often overlooked, they’re the star of our show today. They deserve it.
What I love most about pears is their understated elegance. Their sweet fruity, floral flavor that’s somehow reminiscent of vanilla. Their aroma, which can be likened to the nectar of the gods. Their shape, which is sloping and graceful, like a swan. And the fact that even though they’re every bit as versatile as apples, they aren’t nearly as in-your-face as apples, constantly vying for your attention (and I have to admit, I nearly always give into the allure of the apple – they’re one of my absolute favorite fruits! But pears deserve a bit of attention too).
Pears are quiet, shy. They’re patiently waiting for you to meander by and pick one up to inhale its aroma, remember its lovely flavor, and buy a bag, imagining the possibilities.
Well, friends, this cake only uses a single pear, yet manages to showcase its lovely flavor. The sweet complexity of maple syrup is the perfect sweetener for this cake. A touch of warm spice compliments pear the same way it does apple or pumpkin. A touch of sour cream adds richness and density. All in all, it really is a beautiful fall cake.
What’s your favorite fall fruit?Print