Rum Drenched Pear & Yogurt Coffee Cake

October 25, 2015

Author Notes: 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

Makes: 5 six inch cakes or 2 large cakes


Rum drenched pears

  • 2 pears, sliced fairly thin
  • 1 1/2 cups rum
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Yogurt cake

  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons room temp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons from the pear drenching rum
In This Recipe


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

More Great Recipes: