Chocolate and pear cake

    1 hour 10 min

    This cake is a must for any baker. The pear adds a lovely sweetness and makes the cake very moist.


    Greater Manchester, England, UK
    5 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 220g wholemeal pastry flour
    • 4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
    • 12 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 180ml strong brewed coffee, cooled
    • 180ml buttermilk
    • 125ml vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 to 3 large pears (peeled, cored and sliced)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Put a circle of baking parchment in the bottom of a 25cm (10 in) cake tin and lightly oil the parchment and the inside of the tin.
    2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
    3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Mix thoroughly until blended.
    4. Line the bottom of the tin with the sliced pears in a circular design and pour the mixture on top of the pears. Bake for 55 minutes, or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.
    5. Place on a rack and let it cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of tin to loosen it and gently turn it out. Allow to cool completely before serving.

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    Has anyone made this? 12 tblsps cocoa powder seems an awful lot. Won't the cake be black and bitter? Is it a typo? 2 would be plenty  -  26 Oct 2014


    Delicious - added chocolate (dark) bits and almond slices  -  24 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Altered ingredient amounts. Reduced the sugar by a 1/3 Added 1/4 block of dark cooking chocolate (broken into pieces) Added 2/3 packet of almond slices Kids loved  -  24 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)