Upside down Pear Gingerbread cake

My girlfriend, Terrie, brought me this cake for my birthday years ago and I have never forgotten it!! It is delicious!!

10″ cake or springform pan or 9″ square

1 1/4 c. butter, soft

2 T. sugar

2 large pears, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 cup molasses

2 t. baking soda

1 cup boiling water

3 c. flour

1 T. ginger, ground

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. salt

Spread 1/4 cup butter on bottom of pan. Sprinkle with sugar and arrange pear slices on top. Cream 1 cup of butter with brown sugar. Add egg until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Dissolve baking soda in 1 cup boiling water and set aside. Stir dry ingredients together. Add flour mixture alternately with the baking soda/water. Mix just until blended and pour over the pears. Place springform on a papered sheet pan to avoid any dripping in your oven. Bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes. Cool 15 minutes and invert. Serve with whipped cream.


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