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Pear Cake

  • Author: Lily Ernst
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10


This fresh pear cake is rich and buttery and incredibly moist. It’s filled with soft and tender chunks of fruit and has a crispy sugary crust on top.


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (114g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup (125g) sour cream
  • 3 pears (2 peeled and diced, 1 peeled and sliced)


  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9″ springform pan or cake pan.
  2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla and almond extract.
  4. Slowly mix in 1/3 of the flour mixture, alternating with 1/2 the sour cream. Begin and end with the flour.
  5. Fold in the chopped pears. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Spread the batter out evenly and top with sliced pears. Sprinkle with sugar (and almonds if using).
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


This cake can be stored tightly wrapped or placed in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Almond extract – A touch of almond extract adds this luxurious richness to the cake that is absolutely divine, so I highly recommend it. However, if you don’t have it on hand or it’s not your thing replace it with more vanilla extract a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Sour cream – Use full-fat or low-fat, not fat-free. Can be substituted with buttermilk or plain yogurt.
  • Pears – You can also use this recipe to make an apple cake. If so, add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the sugar topping.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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