June 30, 2021| By

Spiced Pear and Almond Cake

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
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This Spiced Pear and Almond Cake is one for the books! Riddled with chopped pears and bursting with cinnamon and cardamom flavor - this cake is super moist and tastes heavenly. It's easy to make and even easier to eat 🙂

Spiced Pear and Almond Cake on a white surface with pears

I love a good almond cake and this easy one layer cake is so good ya'll! It's such a simple cake but all of the flavors come together so well - soft pears, cinnamon, and cardamom surrounded by a fluffy cake and topped with sliced pears and almonds?! What!? This spiced pear and almond cake is nothing short of amazing.

It's easy to make and super impressive. This recipe incorporates anjou pears (the green ones) that are chopped and folded into the batter, a little almond extract, and then a lot of love :). The anjou pears can typically be found year round so no worries about sourcing of ingredients. That being said, this is the perfect recipe to make for any occasion. Especially with a scoop of ice cream.

Spiced Pear and Almond Cake on a white surface with pears

Spiced pear and almond cake - ingredients!

Last year, I made Pear Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting! Ever since, I've been obsessed with baking with pears because I then tried making a Pear and Gorgonzola Puff Pastry for a savory take on pears. They're so much fun for both sweet and savory recipes.

So, when I made this recipe, I knew that I wanted to add some umph with some spice. Not hot spice, but spicy spice - like warm and cozy spice. And I'm so glad that I did because it turned out incredibly. See the list below!

  • basic dry ingredients - all purpose flour, baking powder baking soda, and salt
  • spices - cinnamon and cardamom, brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • wet ingredients - milk, eggs, and almond extract
  • salted butter - specifically Minerva Dairy butter, my fave 🙂

A few simple ingredients goes a long way! Put everything together and this Spiced Pear and Almond Cake is ready in no time!

A slice of spiced pear and apple cake with pears in the background

do the pears need to be ripe before baking?

This recipe calls for 2 medium sized anjou pears. These pears are pretty juicy and have a nice hint of citrus. The pears should be slightly firm and green in color.

Because the pears will be baked, it's best that they're slightly firm. If the pears are ripe/too soft, they'll be pretty mushy and the cake's texture will be a little weird - like apple sauce. Firm pears will ensure that the cake has a really nice texture while still adding a lot moisture and flavor.

Spiced Pear and Almond Cake on a white surface with pears

what do I need to make spiced pear and almond cake?

spiced pear and almond cake with pears and almonds

how to make spiced pear and almond cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom in a bowl and whisk together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and sugar and add almond extract, milk, and melted butter. Continue to whisk until smooth.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold together. Then fold in chopped pears. Spray a springform pan with baking spray or line with parchment paper. Add the batter.
  5. Thinly slice 2 pears vertically. Place on top of the batter (like in the pictures) and add chopped almonds. Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 20 minutes.
  6. Optional - dust with confectioners sugar!
a slice of spiced pear and almond cake

how to serve this pear and almond cake

Incredibly enough, this spiced pear and almond cake is delicious by itself. I personally would recommend to serve this with a cup of vanilla ice cream, but that's if you want to add a decadent touch. Plus, ice cream makes literally everything better!

This cake is great with some tea or coffee too. It's one of the beautiful things about this recipe - it doesn't NEED to have anything with it. It speaks for itself and you'll be hooked at first bite!

Spiced Pear and Almond Cake on a white surface with pears

more recipes to try!

If you have leftover pears, you'll definitely want to give these recipes a go!

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Spiced Pear and Almond Cake

This Spiced Pear and Almond Cake is one for the books! Riddled with chopped pears and bursting with cinnamon and cardamom flavor - this cake is super moist and tastes heavenly. It's easy to make and even easier to eat.
Serving: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Calories: 280kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 4 tbsps salted butter, melted
  • 2 anjou pears, chopped 
  • ½ Lemon, juiced
  • 2 Additional anjou pears for topping
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Confectioners Sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom in a bowl and whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, almond extract, brown sugar, milk, and melted butter. Whisk together for about one minute, until smooth.
  • Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and fold together. Then fold in chopped pears.
  • Spray a springform pan with baking spray/oil and/or line with parchment paper. Pour in batter.
  • Thinly slice additional pears vertically and squeeze lemon juice on top to prevent pears from browning in the oven. Place pears on top of the batter and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool for about 20 minutes.
  • Optional, dust with confectioners sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    This cake stays moist for days! We made this for thanksgiving and had it the next day and the day after that and it was still so moist and delicious!!

  2. 5 stars
    This cake gave me all the fall feels and I already can't wait to make it again! The crumb is so tender and the flavors are perfect.

  3. 5 stars
    I'm so happy I found this cake recipe. It was pretty easy to make, and was the perfect addition to our brunch gathering this past weekend. I will definitely be making this again in the near future.

  4. 5 stars
    This was a delicious taste of fall! Tender, I loved the almond flavor and the pear combination together. I'll be making this again!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this spiced pear almond cake and it turned out incredible! Your instructions were absolutely easy to follow, certainly making this again!