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Pear Cake - TSLC

This Fresh Pear Cake recipe is easy to make and one you will enjoy many times in the future.

4 medium sized fresh pears, peeled, cored and grated or about 2 cups

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

12 tablespoons butter or 3/4 cup, melted

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup buttermilk

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped nuts, walnuts or pecans, Optional



1 cup powdered sugar

4 or 5 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves in a large mixing bowl until well mixed.  Add melted butter, sour cream, buttermilk, eggs,  vanilla extract and pears stirring with a spoon to mix well.  Fold in nuts.  Pour into a well sprayed 10 inch bundt pan.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 60 to 70 minutes checking to make sure cake is done on the inside.  Cool for 20 to 25 minutes and remove from pan. Let cool.  Combine the topping ingredients mixing well and drizzle over cake.  Enjoy!

Note:  You can frost this cake with cream cheese frosting or even caramel frosting would be good if you don’t want to use the powdered sugar topping.  It would also be good just sprinkled with powdered sugar. I have posted the cream cheese frosting and caramel frosting recipes below for your convenience.

Recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe for Caramel Frosting

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Peach Cake.

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  1. Excellent! Moist and not overly sweet. I made cream cheese frosting and thought it was just right for this cake! My cake took less time to bake than the recipe says. Thank you for this recipe.

  2. The cake was in the over for 2 hrs and did NOT cook!! Why??? I was so looking forward this!!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Clelia, I have no idea why it didn’t cook. You can see from the pictures the cake worked well for me and another from the comments. Not every recipe works for everyone, but I cant imagine why something in the over for 2 hours wouldn’t be done. So sorry.

  3. Hi, Can I use vegetable oil instead of butter?

    Tks! 🙂

  4. Can I use gluten free flour in this recipe. Love following you on Pinterest

    • The Southern Lady says:

      So glad you’re following! I have never made this with gluten free flour so I can’t really advise. Sorry.

  5. I made this cake this week as my husband loves pears and I had some that were too ripe for just eating, so I made this and it was very good! We both enjoyed the cake very much. It was very moist and the powdered sugar topping was also very good. Thank you for the recipe!

  6. Would it be possible to use canned pears in this recipe? I really need to use some canned pears I have before they expire. I hope so! This looks awesome.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I have not tried it with canned pears so I really can’t advise you. I would make sure they were drained really good.

  7. This recipe is very timely for me! I just discovered a pear tree, on a vacant lot down the street, that is teeming with pears. They’re even scattered all over the ground. I pick up a few each morning, when I’m out walking. They’re so sweet and juicy! I can’t wait to make this delicious-sounding cake!

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