Upside Down Pumpkin Pear Cake
2 tbsp vegan butter, melted (or whatever type you prefer)
1 tbsp Agave
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Two 15 oz cans of pears, drained (best to get the ones in 100% juice, not syrup)*
2 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour or 2 cups Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Gluten free flour
2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
2 cups cooked pureed pumpkin (can use one 15/16 oz can)
1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or another type you prefer)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (you can use another 1/2 cup of oil if you prefer)
1 cup Agave
1 cup liquid egg whites or 4 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 12 tbsp water (can use 4 whole eggs if you want)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 13 pan. (I would use “If You Care” parchment paper, but you can use Pam spray or oil or butter.)
2. Mix the melted butter with the Agave and cinnamon and spread over the bottom of the cake pan.
3. Cut the pears into fans and arrange over the bottom of the cake pan. (To make fans, simply put three to four cuts into the pear which only go about 2/3 down the pear. Hold the uncut portion and “fan” the cut pieces away from one another.)
4. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Set aside.
5. Blend the pumpkin, oil, Agave, and eggs.
6. Quickly mix the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Spread the batter carefully over the pears.
7. Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire cooling rack. Carefully flip the cake over onto a platter and remove the parchment paper. (You can also simply serve the cake from the pan and invert the slices onto a plate with your spatula.)
* If you do not want to use canned pears, you can use two ripe fresh pears. Wash and slice the pears into eight long slices. Coat a pan with 2 tsp grapeseed (or another type) oil. Mix 1 tbsp water with 1 tsp Agave or Truvia. Saute the pears in the Agave mixture until they’re softened. Arrange the pears on the bottom of the cake pan and proceed as instructed.