FRESH PEAR CAKE

This Fresh Pear Cake is one of our favorite Fall cakes. It’s moist, delicious, and easy to make!

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If you love this one you have to try our Apple Spice Sheet Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s really a wonderful cake to enjoy during the Fall season!

❤️WHY WE LOVE PEARS IN THIS CAKE

We don’t cook with pears very often but they work really well in this cake. Pears are naturally sweet so they add a wonderful flavor and keep this cake very moist. This cake is also made with lots of delicious spices so it’s perfect for Fall when the pears come into season.

Another great plus to this cake is no mixer is needed! You simply mix it all with a spoon and we love a simple recipe. It’s also made from scratch and it tastes like it is!

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Pears – Any work for this cake, I try to buy ones that are stating to ripe and are a little soft.
  • All-Purpose Flour – we have never made it with gluten free or any other flour.
  • White and Brown Sugar – using both bring out a great flavor.
  • Butter, Sour Cream and Buttermilk – These add the fat you need and the moisture.
  • Eggs – You will need 3.
  • Spices – Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ground Cloves and Vanilla.
  • Nuts – Pecans, Walnuts or whatever you prefer. You can leave them out if you like.
  • Powdered Sugar – for topping, see swaps for other ideas.

SWAPS

As far as the topping you can use whatever you like. Cream Cheese Frosting would be delicious on this cake and caramel sauce would be too. You can also just add a powdered sugar glaze too. We love it with any of these!

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

This cake is easy to make since you don’t need a mixer! Just organize your ingredients and peel, core and grate your pears. Grating them really makes them consistent throughout the cake.

COOKING STEPS

Step 1
Whisk together flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves in a large mixing bowl until well mixed.  

Step 2
Add melted butter, sour cream, buttermilk, eggs,  vanilla extract and pears stirring with a spoon to mix well.  Fold in nuts. 

Step 3
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.  

Step 4
Cool for 20 to 25 minutes and remove from pan. Let cool.  

⭐TIP

After you grate your pears if there is a lot of moisture you can try to remove some with a paper towel. Just so they don’t make the cake soggy.

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❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of pears do you use?

I have made this cake with whatever is available at the store. I just make sure they are a little soft and not hard.

Can I use milk instead of buttermilk?

You can but the fat content will be changed in the recipe. We prefer it with buttermilk.

STORING

We just store this on a covered cake stand. We don’t put it in the fridge.

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SERVING SIZE

This cake makes around 8-10 servings depending on how big you cut the slices.

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Fresh Pear Cake

Judy Yeager
This fresh pear cake is really easy to make and wonderful to enjoy with your family and friends.
4.48 from 21 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.  Sprikle with powdered sugar. 
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