Currently, I am sitting at my desktop enjoying a caramel apple sucker thinking about how fast summer is going and how fall is fast approaching. So making a pear cake recipe has me holding onto summer a littler longer!
Pears are not typically my fruit of choice, but baked within a cake, makes them taste wonderful. Of course anything baked with a ton of sugar and butter, makes anything taste awesome!
This cake is super moist and the caramel in the pears really brings out its rich flavor. Serve alone, with coffee or tea, or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and your taste buds will be satisfied!
August is finally here and so are the dog days! One more month until school starts here in Muk town and I AM SO READY. My oldest Sam recently broke both of his wrists and is casted and is semi-limited with what he can do. However, his casts are both water-proof. He has no idea how lucky he is that he can still swim and shower!
Nonetheless, all kiddos are getting bored with the no routine and complain how they have nothing to do. When in fact they have every electronic device known to man, a ton of outdoor toys, and a small pool. Damn, kids quit complaining!
I tried to get them to bake this pear cake with me, but they weren’t having it. I get the eye roll or “cmon mom, that is so boring”. Baking is amazing! I don’t know what they are talking about! One thing is for sure, they didn’t complain when eating it!
ingredients for a pear cake
- All-purpose flour: cake flour can be used as well
- Granulated sugar
- Brown sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Baking soda and powder
- Vegetable oil
- Milk: 2% or whole
- Pears: fresh
How ripe should Pears be for baking?
When baking with pears, they should just be at the “firm-ripe” or just at the beginning of the ripening window. Look for a pear that yields only slightly when pressed near the stem
If you feel the pear is too firm, place in a brown paper bag for a couple of days to speed up the ripening process.
Tips for making the best pear cake recipe
- Only use real butter for this recipe, substitutes don’t add the same flavor
- You can add nuts or raisins to this cake. They compliment the pear really well.
- Make sure to butter your 10 inch springform pan well or the pears will stick to it.
- Don’t overwork the batter, just mix until combined.
How to make the best pear cake recipe!
First, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 10 inch springform pan with a parchment round and grease sides well. Peel and slice pears. Set aside.
Second, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and eggs until well combined.
Third, add in the dry ingredients and mix for about a minute. Slowly and gradually add in the milk and vegetable oil just until combined. Pour batter into the pan. Top with sliced pears and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Lastly, bake for 40 minutes, cover the top with aluminum foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Insert cake tester and when it comes out clean it is done. Remove from oven and cover with a loose towel. Let it cool to room temperature. Release spring from pan. slice and serve!
Fresh fruit desserts
Pear cake recipe
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 10 inch spring form pan
- Non-stick spray
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- ⅕ cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup 2% milk
- 3 large pears peeled and sliced
- 4 large eggs
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350°. Peel and slice pears. Line the bottom of a 10 inch springform pan with a parchment round and grease the sides. Set aside.
- In an large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs. Mix for about a minute until completely combined.
- Add in the baking powder, soda, salt, and all-purpose flour and mix until incorporated. While mixer is on a low speed, gradually add in the milk and vegetable oil until combined.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared 10 in springform pan. Top with sliced pears to cover the entire top of cake. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake for 40 minutes and then cover top of pan with aluminum foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Insert cake tester into the center and make sure it is completely clean before removing from oven.
- Once it is done, cover pan loosely with a towel and let it cool to room temperature (1-2 hours). Release spring on pan and dust with additional confectioner's sugar if desired. Slice and serve.
fun fact of the day!
McDonald’s once made bubblegum broccoli!