Upside-down pear cake

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I had some really ripe pears that needed to be used and you had asked me to share some sweet baking recipe with chickpea flour, so I decided to share this Upside-down Pear cake recipe with you. Or maybe I should call it Upside down pear pie as I like to have mine more pie-like, with less cake. If cakes are more your thing, use small 16-20cm cake pan (or even bread loaf pan). I used oblong (30cm) cake pan for my pie and it was just perfect to my taste.

This Upside-down pear cake is vegan friendly and gluten-free, but for example my husband didn’t notice the difference compared to our “normal” upside-down cake.  Pears can be also replaced with apples, but I highly recommend trying with pears.

Ingredients for one small pie:

For the topping:

2 medium-sized, ripe pears, peeled and chopped

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp coconut sugar

For the base:

2dl chickpea flour

1 ¾ dl rice flour

2 tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

¾ dl maple/ agave/ coconut/ date syrup (you can also use honey, if not vegan)

1 ¼ dl almond milk or any other plant-based milk

1- ½ tsp vanilla extract

Optional: ½ – 1 tsp of cinnamon or cardamom


  • Preheat oven at 175°C.
  • Spread chopped pears evenly over the bottom of the cake/ loaf pan (covered with baking paper), drizzle with coconut oil and sprinkle with sugar. Set aside.
  • Mix the sifted flours with baking powder and salt in a big bowl.
  • In another bowl, stir in the coconut oil, syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and use an electric mixer to prevent lumps.
  • Pour the batter over the pears, beat the cake pan on the counter to make the batter fill the empty spaces.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t overbake, as it will dry easily.
  • Let the cake cool for a while.
  • Turn the cake over a cooling rack leaning on a piece of parchment paper and let it set.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard.

Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container for few days.

❤️: Sanna

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