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Pear Spice Cake

  • 4 cups peeled, cored and chopped pears
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Combine the chopped pears with the sugar and let stand at room temperature for one hour.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together.
  3. Add beaten eggs and oil to the pear and sugar mixture.
  4. Add to the dry ingredients folding gently to incorporate all the dry ingredients. 
  5. Pour the cake batter in a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 for 80 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning the cake into a cake rack to cool.
  7. Serve with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.
Cinnamon Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cups of chilled whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar also known as confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Whip all the ingredients together until stiff peaks form. Serve over pear spice cake.


  1. I must try this recipe. Thanks!

  2. How would this cake freeze?

    1. Yes, this cake freezes very well. I freeze cake cut in serving pieces, but take it out of the bag or container to thaw at room temperature to avoid it from getting soggy.

  3. What is the oven temperature?

    1. Sorry that I had forgotten that detail. I added the temperature at Ocean Soul is right, it is 350.

  4. I had to try this recipe right away (since I have an abundance of ripe pears from my pear tree) and as a note to Nancy... I baked it at 350F…and I have to say…this will now be my "go to" pear recipe. FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! Thank you Charlotte!

    1. Karen, I am glad that you liked it. Next time I think I am going to add ginger to the recipe too :)

  5. This looks so good and I love the Cinnamon Whipped Cream idea!

    1. Rosella, Cinnamon whipped cream is a must have with any spice cake or coffee cake in my books, it just raises the bar on a simple dessert :)


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