This easy to make pear ginger cake is warm and zesty and loaded with chunks of sweet pears. Simple enough to make for an afternoon treat or a sweet dessert, this tender pear cake will surely become a go-to recipe for any occasion!
About This Recipe
This delectable Pear Ginger Cake is a delightful fusion of sweet Bosc pears, warm ground ginger, and fruity olive oil. The addition of the olive oil not only enhances the flavors of the cake, but also creates a decadent and moist cake that can be enjoyed straight out of the oven or at room temperature.
Each bite has the perfect balance of sweetness from the pears and subtle warm spice from the ginger and cinnamon and is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
- Bosc Pears: Bosc pears are sweet and firm and hold up well in baking, without being overcooked or getting too soft.
- Spices: A blend of ground ginger and cinnamon brings warm and spicy notes that works well with the sweet pears.
- Olive Oil: Fruity olive oil adds richness to the pear cake, keeping moist and tender.
- Sugars: A duo of white and brown sugars work together, providing sweetness and depth, balancing the flavors for a perfectly sweetened result.
- Orange Juice: Sweet and zesty orange juice brings a citrusy flavor that elevates the overall warm flavor profile of the pear cake.
- Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract adds a comforting background flavor, tying all the warm and sweet ingredients together.
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Step 1. Add the peeled pears to a bowl and toss with brown sugar.
Step 2. Add the flour, baking powder, ginger and cinnamon and whisk to combine.
Step 3. Whisk the wet ingredients together, including the olive oil, orange juice, eggs, vanilla, white sugar and brown sugar.
Step 4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined.
Step 5. Add the chopped pears with any accumulated juice into the batter and fold the mixture together.
Step 6. Pour the pear cake batter into a parchment lined springform pan and gently tap to even out the batter.
Step 7. Bake the pear cake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-55 minutes. Once done, let cool slightly then dust with powdered sugar.
📍 Recipe Tips
- Prep the Pears Ahead: If prepping the pears ahead of time, keep the peeled pears in a large bowl of cold water with a splash of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
- Test the Cake: At the 45 minute park, test the cake by inserting a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. But if there is some batter, continue baking for another 5-10 minutes.
Yes, use a trusted gluten free flour blend in place of all purpose flour.
Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or refrigerate for longer freshness.
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Pear Ginger Cake
- 3 Bosc pears peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9-inch spring form pan with oil or butter. Line the bottom with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a bowl, add the chopped pears and brown sugar and toss together. Set aside while you make the rest of the recipe.
- In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and, cinnamon and set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk the olive oil, eggs, white sugar and brown sugar, orange juice and vanilla extract. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and add the chopped pears with all their juices.
- Give everything a good stir and pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. At 45 minutes, take a peek at the cake and use a toothpick or knife to check for doneness by sticking the knife into the cake and if it comes out clean, it's ready. If there is batter, bake for a little longer.
- Let the pear cake cool slightly before cutting into it. Lightly dust the top with powdered sugar, if desired.
- This can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.
- Prep the Pears Ahead: If prepping the pears ahead of time, keep the peeled pears ina. larg:e bowl of cold water with a splash of lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
- Test the Cake: At the 45 minute park, test the cake by inserting a toothpick in the center, if it comes otu clean, the cake is ready. But if there is some batter, continue baking for another 5-10minutes.