Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake Recipe - A Healthy Twist on a Classic American Dessert

Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake

Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake Recipe - A Healthy Twist on a Classic American Dessert
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 40 minutes | Servings: 8


Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake
Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake

This Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake is a delicious and guilt-free dessert option for those looking to indulge without the added fats. The combination of sweet pears and spice cake creates a perfect balance of flavors that will satisfy any sweet tooth.


The upside-down cake has been a popular dessert since the early 20th century, with variations using different fruits and flavors. This fat-free version of the classic recipe provides a healthier alternative without sacrificing taste.


How to prepare

  1. Spray a 9-inch round layer cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice; stir to combine.
  3. Place the pan in a preheated oven at 350°F (177°C) for 3 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  4. Arrange pear halves, rounded sides down, over the melted brown sugar mixture.
  5. Prepare the batter for a fat-free spice cake.
  6. Carefully spoon the batter over the pears, smoothing the top.
  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not underbake).
  8. Immediately run a spatula around the edge of the pan and invert the cake onto a serving plate.


  • Try using different fruits such as apples or peaches in place of pears for a unique twist on this classic recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to properly grease the cake pan to prevent sticking.

- Be careful when inverting the cake onto a serving plate to avoid any spills or mishaps.

- Check the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center; if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this cake warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent treat.

Cooking Techniques

Baking, Inverting

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use fresh pears instead of canned pears if desired.

Make Ahead Tips

This cake can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the cake with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a drizzle of caramel sauce for an elegant touch.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea for a delightful dessert experience.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave for a few seconds before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 160 per serving


Carbohydrates: 38g per serving


Total Fat: 0g per serving


Protein: 2g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This cake is a good source of Vitamin C and dietary fiber from the pears.


This recipe contains wheat and may contain traces of nuts.


This Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake is a low-fat, low-calorie dessert option that is perfect for those watching their waistline.


This Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake is a delicious and healthy dessert option that is sure to please any crowd. With its sweet pear topping and moist spice cake, this recipe is a must-try for any food lover.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake. It was a hot summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Lillian. We were sitting on her porch, sipping iced tea and leafing through a worn, stained recipe book that had been passed down through her family for generations.

As I flipped through the pages, a photo caught my eye. It was a beautiful, golden cake topped with slices of perfectly caramelized pears. The caption read, "Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake." I couldn't believe it – a dessert that was both delicious and guilt-free? I had to learn how to make it.

Lillian chuckled as she saw the look of excitement on my face. "Oh, that old thing," she said. "My grandmother used to make that cake all the time. It's one of our family favorites."

I begged Lillian to teach me the recipe, and she happily obliged. As we gathered the ingredients and preheated the oven, she began to recount the story of how her grandmother first learned to make the cake.

"It all started during the Great Depression," Lillian began. "Times were tough, and families had to make do with whatever they had. My grandmother was a resourceful woman, always finding ways to stretch a dollar. One day, she found herself with a surplus of pears from the orchard. She knew she had to come up with a creative way to use them before they spoiled."

Lillian's grandmother experimented with different recipes, trying to find a way to make a delicious dessert without using any butter or oil. After several failed attempts, she finally stumbled upon the perfect combination of ingredients – a light, airy cake topped with sweet, caramelized pears.

The recipe quickly became a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Lillian's eyes sparkled as she recounted the memories of her childhood, watching her grandmother bake the cake in their cozy farmhouse kitchen.

As we mixed the batter and arranged the pear slices on the bottom of the cake pan, I couldn't help but feel a sense of nostalgia. I imagined Lillian's grandmother standing at the stove, carefully monitoring the caramelization of the pears, her face glowing with pride as she presented the finished cake to her family.

As the cake baked in the oven, the sweet scent of pears and cinnamon filled the kitchen. Lillian and I chatted and laughed, reminiscing about old times and sharing stories of our own families. By the time the timer dinged, we were both eagerly anticipating the moment of truth – would the cake live up to its reputation?

We carefully inverted the cake onto a serving platter, holding our breath as we lifted the pan. And there it was – a perfect, golden-brown cake adorned with glistening slices of caramelized pears. The aroma was intoxicating, and my mouth watered in anticipation.

We sliced into the cake and took our first bites. The texture was light and fluffy, the pears tender and sweet. It was a revelation – a dessert that tasted indulgent but was actually good for you. I couldn't believe that something so delicious could be made without any fat.

As we enjoyed our slices of cake, I knew that this recipe would become a cherished part of my own family's traditions. I would pass it down to my children and grandchildren, just as Lillian had done for me.

And so, as I sit here now, savoring the memories of that summer day with Lillian, I am filled with gratitude for the simple pleasures of life – good food, good friends, and the joy of sharing a delicious dessert with loved ones. The recipe for Fat-free Pear Upside-down Cake will always hold a special place in my heart, a reminder of the magic that can happen when we come together in the kitchen.


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