Spiced Pear Cake

September 17, 2011
Author Notes

This cake was adapted from a recipe by John Barricelli for Everyday Food. I had planned on entering in the pear contest but missed the deadline. He made it with apples I have made it with both. Actually pears and apples are almost interchangeable for me I often mix them in recipes. The cake is so moist and delicious and so easy to make. No stand or hand held mixer it's only gently stirred and poured into your cake pan or cupcake tins, The pictures you see are the cupcakes I made with this recipe proudly iced by my grand daughters Maia 6 and Laila 3. They feel that adding copious amounts of multi-colored sanding sugar is necessary and encouraged. I am going to make it again and post more pics later. I generally don't ice this cake I find it unnecessary just a dusting of powdered sugar, served warm with ice cream or whipped cream. When I do ice it I make either a brown sugar swiss meringue buttercream or a cream cheese icing —sdebrango

  • Makes a 9 inch layer cake or 16 cupcakes or bake in a rectangular 12x16 pan
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick melted butter
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 4 pears (I used starkrimson) 2 grated 2 diced (If using apples I like granny smith
  • softened butter for pans
In This Recipe
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 9 inch round baking pans, brush bottom with butter and lay parchment round, butter bottom and sides and flour. If you are making cupcakes this makes 16 so line 2 cupcake tins.
  2. Wash and peel your pears, grate 2 and dice 2. In medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and powder, spices and salt. In a large bowl whisk melted butter, brown sugar, eggs together then add pears, stir until well combined. Add flour mixture and stir just until combined. Divide batter into pans or cupcake tins.
  3. Bake cake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. For cupcakes approximately 20-25 minutes, but start checking at 15 minutes. Remove from oven let cool in pan for 10 minutes then invert onto cake rack to cool.

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