A coffee cake that is unbelievably moist, fluffy, and fall-esque, is awaiting. The hint of rum via the method of soaking pears in it makes this reminiscent of cool afternoons and high noon tea with neighbors. —Ellie Betzen
5 six inch cakes or 2 large cakes
Rum drenched pears
pears, sliced fairly thin
1 1/2 cups
cinnamon stick (optional)
sifted all purpose flour
room temp unsalted butter
plain greek yogurt
from the pear drenching rum
In This Recipe
Soak the pears about 1.5-2 hours ahead of time. Place pear slices in a bowl, pour the rum, place a cinnamon stick, seal, and soak for 1.5-2 hours. Aim for 3 hours if you like it really bold.
reheat oven to 375F (191 celsius). For the cake, sift enough flour to make 2 cups. If you need to, sift it first into a large bowl to ensure you get 2 cups worth. Then gingerly transfer exactly 2 cups (since you might need more or less flour) to a mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir gently a few times. In a separate bowl, add cubed room temp butter, sugar, eggs, greek yogurt, vanilla, rum, and whisk until well incorporated. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and gently fold with a rubber spatula to incorporate. Don't mix too much or it will result in a dense cake.
Place the soaked pear slices through the bottom of your cake pans. Pour cake batter until it's about three-fourths of the way up to the top. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or a little longer until it's golden on top and the middle isn't jiggly. Let it cool and sprinkle with confectioner sugar or serve with mascarpone cheese, so good!