Pear and Ginger Cake

    1 hour

    This cake has an amazing combination of flavours and textures. Pears are baked with pecans, in a warmly spiced ginger cake batter. It's perfect for dessert with a dollop of whipped cream.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 30g unsalted butter, melted
    • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 (415g) tin pear halves, well drained
    • 60g pecan halves
    • 415g ginger cake mix

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Mix the melted butter, golden syrup and dark brown soft sugar in a 23cm round cake tin.
    2. Slice pear halves in half lengthways. Place a pecan in the centre of each pear quarter. Place pears cut side down in the cake tin, arranging them like spokes radiating from the centre of the tin. Sprinkle any remaining pecans around the pears.
    3. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions and pour over the pears and pecans in the cake tin.
    4. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly before turning out onto a serving dish.

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    I'm giving this 5 stars because it was the hit of my dessert buffet for Christmas. However, I had to make a few mods. Couldn't find gingerbread cake mix, so I used the spice cake as another user suggested. I made it the day before serving which probably wasn't a great idea since the topping soaked into the cake and made it soggy. To cover that mess up, I made another batch of the syrup-sugar-butter mixture and thickened it with cornstarch, heated it and poured it over the whole thing before serving. It was definitely the hit of the night... Highly recommend the additional thickened topping even if yours comes out great to start with. That put it over the top. Thanks for the recipe. I will probably make again, but will likely thicken the original sauce as well. Merry Christmas!  -  25 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a quick & delicious cake that can be personalized endlessly to suit anyone's taste. I made it as written except for replacing the water with pear juice. It made the whole house smell like Christmas & I was even inspired to take a pic which I'll post when I'm not having such a lazy day:o) Thanks Mallinda!  -  11 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Good holiday flavor. My husband and I both agreed that it needed more pears. Next time, I'm planning to cover the entire bottom on the pan with the pear slices. I think that will make it look prettier too.  -  07 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)