My Clean Treats’ Pear Upside-Down Cake

Pear Upside-Down Cake, adapted from My Clean Treats
Pear Upside-Down Cake, adapted from My Clean Treats

One thing I love about social media is its ability to bring people together who share similar passions. I met Jess of My Clean Treats on Instagram and after scrolling through her feed of healthy desserts I was dying to try them for myself.

I tried out Jess’s Pear & Date Upside-Down Cake and it was delicious. Her original recipe included chopped dates, which would be really tasty but I left them out to make a Pear Upside-Down Cake (because I can’t eat a lot of dates). I also used brown rice flour instead of wholewheat or spelt to keep the cake gluten-free and it worked out nicely! The recipe for my adapted version is below and you can check out Jess’s original recipe here. I loved the mixture of pear and cinnamon.

A bit about Jess

Jess doesn’t follow any particular diet, she just loves food and prefers to make healthier choices. She particularly loves desserts, so much so that she says “I may have spent the previous year heaping 3 teaspoons of Nutella into my mouth every night before I went to sleep (and also heaping on 3 kilos while I was at it).” So she decided to start experimenting with creating her own healthier treats using natural ingredients. She shares her creations on her blog, My Clean Treats, and says “if you pair these treats with a healthy lifestyle of fresh meals and regular exercise, I’d say you’re on the right track.” Agree!

Pear Upside-Down Cake, adapted from My Clean Treats
Pear Upside-Down Cake, adapted from My Clean Treats

Pear Upside-Down Cake

Adapted from My Clean Treats

Makes 10 slices


  • 4 pears
  • 6 x 20ml tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp (gluten-free) baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Extra cinnamon powder for dusting


  1. Peel and core the pears and cut them into halves. Poach the pear halves in simmering water for about 30-40 minutes or until soft. Set aside to cool.
  2. While the pears are poaching, preheat your oven to 170°C (fan-forced) and line the base and sides of a 20cm circular cake tin with baking paper. (If using a cake tin with a removable base, see note below).
  3. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil over the base of the tin, then arrange the pear halves cut-side down to cover the base.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, rice malt syrup and vanilla together until creamy. Add one egg at a time to the mixture, beating until well combined.
  5. Sift the flour, cinnamon and baking powder over the liquid mixture, then gently fold everything together. Add the almond milk and beat lightly to combine.
  6. Pour the mixture over the pears, then bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour – 1 hour 20 minutes (mine took 1 hour). Allow to cool. To serve, flip onto a plate and dust over some extra cinnamon.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


I use an Australian 20ml tablespoon. 1 x 20ml tablespoon = 4 teaspoons.

I used a springform cake tin, which meant that the coconut oil dripped through the tiny gaps in the base while in the oven causing a bit of a mess. So I ended up wrapping the tin in two layers of foil to stop the dripping. I’d recommend doing this from the start, or better yet, use a normal cake tin without a removable base.

Thanks to Jess for sharing her beautiful cake! You can find more recipes from Jess at

You might also like my Chocolate Peanut Butter Mud Cake.


  1. I love your recipes Lilian! Question – I can’t find brown rice flour (where normally they sell it); which would be the best gluten free substitute?
    Thank you!

    • Thanks so much Vicky! So happy you like the recipes 🙂
      You could use a typical gluten-free flour blend from the supermarket (they often sell boxes of them with the normal flours or in the health food section) or you could use white rice flour or normal wheat flour if you’re ok to have gluten. Buckwheat flour could also work, but it has a much earthier taste!


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