Soured Cream Pear Cake

    5 hours 30 min

    If you're wondering what to do with pears when in-season, try this cake. It's deliciously moist, fruity and moreish. A sponge cake batter is enriched with soured cream, scattered with pecans and pears, then baked to perfection. It is then drizzled with caramel sauce before serving.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 15g unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
    • 500g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 175g unsalted butter, softened
    • 265g caster sugar
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 300ml soured cream
    • 3 medium pears, cored and finely chopped
    • 165g light brown soft sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 120g chopped pecans
    • 125ml caramel sauce

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:4hr cooling  ›  Ready in:5hr30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Generously butter a 23cm tube cake tin. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar into the tin and tilt to coat the buttered surface. Shake out the excess.
    2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl, cream together 175g butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in the vanilla and soured cream, mixing just until blended. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Fold in the chopped pears using a rubber spatula.
    4. In a small bowl, stir together the light brown soft sugar, cinnamon, ginger and pecans. Spoon 1/3 of the batter into the prepared tin. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the pecan mixture. Repeat layers two more times, ending with the pecan mixture on top.
    5. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the cake springs back when lightly pressed or a knife inserted into the crown comes out clean. Cool the cake in the tin for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the outside edge of the cake. Carefully invert onto a cooling rack. If the cake won't come out of the tin, tap it firmly with a knife on the bottom and sides of the tin. Set aside to cool completely.
    6. When cool, transfer the cake to a serving plate using two spatulas. Drizzle with the caramel sauce before serving.

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    I made a rookie mistake and didn't check my pantry and found I was out of nuts! I thought about chocolate chips but decided they would overpower the taste so I grabbed a half bag of skor bits and poured them in the brown sugar, cinnamon mixture. The strusel in the middle turned into a tasty butterscotch swirl. The topping was the best though as it was almost like a brown sugar sauce in spots where the mixture was blobbed. So good! I wouldn't make it any other way now.  -  20 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    my only changes were to increase the cinnamon and used all purpose flour. 1/4 tsp did not sound like much. However, there is the cinnamon suagr in the crust when it was buttered and it didn't really need the extra cinnamon after all. Great way to use up the too many ripe pears I had on hand! mine came out nice an moist. I did not use the carmel. I like carmel...but this cake is quite sweet as it is and added carmel would make it just too sweet for me.  -  06 Oct 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This cake was delicious. A great cake to make that's quick and easy and perfect for an afternoon snack with coffee. I used almonds instead of pecans as I didn't have them. I also used a loaf tin instead of a tube tin so I had to bake a little bit longer for the middle to cook. The cinnamon sugar coating used to greased the tin caramelised slightly which gave it a great texture. Didn't use the caramel topping..I think it's sweet enough.  -  27 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)