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5 from 10 votes

Fresh Pear Cake

This fresh pear cake is really easy to make and wonderful to enjoy with your family and friends.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pear Cake
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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.
  • 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.