Today’s recipe is one of my new all time favorites. What can I say, chocolate and pear just work together oh so well. I also find this cake to be particularly visually attractive. It just has that elegant feeling. I’m definitely going to make it for up coming holidays (Maybe even Thanksgiving? Even though it’s not all that traditional it might be fun to shake it up.) or company, or just because I keep craving it.
I’m a firm believer in giving proper credit where it’s due, so I have to tell you that the inspiration for this desert actually came from a cookbook I reviewed recently, Rustic Fruit Deserts. As you may hae figured out from my review I’m pretty much in love with this cookbook. So I’ve been flipping through it a lot lately and I keep eyeing a recipe for Chocolate Pear Upside Down Cake. And while other ingredient combinations in other recipes actually sounded better to me I kept coming back to this Chocolate Pear thing. Perhaps because the photo was just so visually stunning? After about the 99th time stopping at this recipes page I decided I must immediately make this cake. Unfortunately I was out of 90% of the ingredients called for. But at this point I HAD to have chocolate pear cake, so I completely winged it, to very good result.
So like Rustic Fruits’s recipe my cake has pears, chocolate, and you get to flip it, but there the similarities end. This is a completely new recipe created in a mad scientist frenzy in my kitchen! I think I mention this so emphatically because I’m actually really proud for this recipe… it nails it. I never post anything I don’t think tastes good but we all have our favorites, right?
Later with a better stocked pantry I had the opportunity to make Rustic Fruit’s Recipe and…confession…I totally made my own recipe again. So truthfully I have no idea how Rustic Fruit’s turns out. But if I had to venture a guess, since everything else I’ve tried from the book is fantastic, I imagine their recipe is fantastic too. I still highly recommend the book. But meanwhile go ahead and make some Chocolate Pear Upside Down Cake!Print