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Did you know that you can bake pretty much anything in your cast iron skillet? If you don’t already own one, a cast iron skillet is one of the greatest purchases you can make for your kitchen. I use mine more than any other pan and have baked everything in it from chicken pot pie, to lasagna, to bread and many desserts.

Here I show you how to make one of my all time favorite winter comfort sweets: a scrumptious upside down pear cake. Right now is the time to make this! Pears are in season and at their best, plus your family and friends are in need of some serious food comfort during these cold winter months. The sweet caramelized pears and fluffy light cake combo is a match made in heaven, especially with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream.

So grab your cast iron skillet, get some delicious, perfectly ripe pears from your local market and bake this immediately! If you’re not a baker and have never made a cake before, this is a great recipe to start with…especially since I walk you through it step-by-step. Enjoy!!

Note: if you don’t have a mixer, no problem! You can use a good old bowl and whisk. Just make sure you switch arms so you don’t get too bulky on one side from whisking ;)

Step 1: Gather the Ingredients

For the Pears:

  • 3 ripe pears (preferably Bartlett or Anjou varieties)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter

For the Cake:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional, but highly recommended!)
  • 1 stick of butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated, white)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (yolks and whites separated)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Special Equipment:

  • A large cast iron skillet
  • A mixer with paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a whisk)
  • Lots of love :)
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