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Caramelised Pear & Almond Cake

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Caramelised Pear & Almond Cake

The whole family will love this Caramelised Pear and Almond Cake recipe from Thanks to the Panasonic HL151 Induction Heat Rice Cooker, this upside-down cake recipe is virtually fool proof, delivering a golden caramelised top and a moist cake bottom every time!


Caramelised Pear

  • 120 g brown sugar
  • 100 g unsalted butter melted
  • 3-4 green pears peeled & cored

Almond Cake

  • 170 g unsalted butter softened
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250 g plain flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 80 g almond meal
  • 250 mL buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • extra butter for greasing


  • Cut pears in half, vertically. Cut each half into quarters then set aside.
  • Grease the inner pot of the rice cooker with butter. Sprinkle brown sugar over the base then pour melted butter evenly to cover.
  • Arrange sliced pear on top. It should be a snug fit.
  • In a stand mixer, add softened butter and caster sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift together flour & baking powder the fold into the egg mixture with a spatula.
  • Add in almond meal and stir to mix through.
  • Add buttermilk & vanilla. Mix until you have formed a smooth batter. Pour this batter over the pears in the inner pot.
  • Close the lid and bake for 1 hour 40 mins. Do this by setting the rice cooker to bake for 1hr first. Reset the cooker to bake for a further 40mins as soon as the first hour is up.
  • Remove the inner pot and allow the cake to cool in the pot for at least 45mins.
  • To serve, place a large plate over the inner pot and invert the cake onto the plate. The cake is served ‘upside down’. Serve warm with a dollop of thick cream.