That’s all you really need to know about this cake. You need not feel guilty for having a second or even a third helping because as my friend put it so elequoently,
Don’t believe her? Well, maple syrup is full of antioxidants, if you didn’t know. And it’s a well known fact that the bourbon in a hot toddy is what cures your colds. And, hello, pears are fruit!! All the other ingredients are good for your soul. So my friend is right,
Maple and Bourbon Pear Upside Down Cake
1/3 c. maple syrup
1 jigger bourbon
3 peeled pears, cored and cut into 8 wedges each
1 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350°.
Bring syrup to a boil in a medium nonstick pan over medium-high heat; cook 2 minutes. Add pears and bourbon and continue to cook until syrup thickens (about 4 minutes), gently shaking pan frequently. Gently pour syrup mixture and pears into a 8 or 9″ cake pan. Arrange pears in a spoke like fashion.
Combine flour and next 4 ingredients stirring well with a whisk. Place sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl and beat until well-blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Pour batter evenly over pear mixture. Bake at 350° for 30 – 40minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Run a knife around outside edge. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Place a plate upside down on top of cake; invert onto plate. Serve warm.