Ginger-Pear Upside-Down Cake

An attractive, moist, and delicious cake that’s always a hit!

ginger-pear upside-down cake

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 firm ripe pears

11/4 cups  flour

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¾ teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons oil

¾ cup sugar

11/2 teaspoons grated lime  zest

1 teaspoon coconut extract

2 eggs

¾ cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease  bottom of 9" round  cake pan;  sprinkle brown  sugar  over bottom, shaking pan to coat  evenly. Peel, core and halve pears.  Slice pears  crosswise into 1/3-inch thick slices; spread  evenly in pan making sure bottom of pan is covered.  Mix together flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda,  and salt; set aside. With electric mixer, beat together oil, sugar,  lime zest, and coconut extract  in a large bowl. Beat in eggs  until thick. Alternately fold flour mixture and buttermilk into egg mixture until just blended. Pour batter over pears,  smoothing top to cover pears  completely. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes  out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer to wire rack. Let cake cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes, then  invert onto  a platter. Let cool slightly before  slicing.

Yield: 10 servings.