My daughter has been asking for an upside-down cake! When I spotted this seasonal recipe, and had all of the ingredients on hand, I made it to surprise her. 🙂 A springtime spice cake was such a nice change of pace. The spices worked nicely with the blueberries and pears too. The mini size was just the icing on the cake. 😉
This recipe was adapted from The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics. I used my pretty Daisy cupcake pan- so pretty!
Yield: 6 small cakes
- 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for tin
- 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 12 teaspoons packed light-brown sugar
- 3/4 cup fresh blueberries, picked over and rinsed
- 1 ripe Bartlett pear, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into thin wedges
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (I used freshly ground)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large whole egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees on convection.
- Generously butter the cups and top of a muffin tin with six 8-ounce cups. (My 8-ounce cup muffin pan is a Daisy Pan! I used cooking spray instead of butter to coat the details more easily.)
- Place 1 teaspoon butter in each muffin cup. Top each with 1 tablespoon corn syrup; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons light-brown sugar.
- Arrange 7 to 9 blueberries in each cup.
- Cut pear slices to fit the shape of muffin cups; place 4 or 5 pieces on top of the berries, spreading slices to cover berries.
- Arrange remaining berries over the pears, and set tin aside. (I didn’t have leftover berries!)
- Into a small bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat granulated sugar and remaining 5 tablespoons butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk; beat until smooth.
- Combine the vanilla with the buttermilk.
- With mixer on low-speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in two batches, alternating with the buttermilk mixture, and beginning and ending with flour.
- Pour 1/3 cup batter over fruit in each muffin cup. Gently tap bottom of tin against counter several times to evenly distribute the batter.
- Bake cakes until golden around the edges and a cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 17 minutes on convection, or up to 25 minutes in a standard oven. Remove from oven; let cool in tin.
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