Pear-Gingerbread Cake

“Recipe I've yet to try, but here for safe keeping. From Cooking Pleasures magazine, sent in by Nita Thedford, McKinney, TX.”
READY IN:
1hr 10mins
SERVES:
16
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350. Pour butter into 13x9 pan; arrange pears over bottom of pan. In small bowl, stir together brown sugar and 1 Tbs of the cinnamon; sprinkle over pears.
  2. In medium bolw, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, ginger, remaining 1 tsp cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  3. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup of sugar and shortening at medium speed 3 minutes til blended. Beat in egg. Beat in molasses. Beat in flour mixture in 3 parts alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  4. Pour batter over pears. Bake 35-40 minutes til toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean with some moist crumbs attached. Cook in pan on wire rack 30 minutes. Invert onto serving platter; remove pan.
  5. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat cream and remaining 2 Tbs sugar at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Serve cake warm with whipped cream.

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