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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cinnamon Swirl Pear Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon Swirl Pear Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a moist and delicious cake, with tender pieces of pear and swirls of cinnamon and brown sugar throughout.  The top of the cake is crunchy and sweet, even under the layer of luscious cream cheese frosting.  This would be the perfect cake for a coffee date with a friend.

I made this cake last night, and it was just coming out of the oven as the kids were getting ready for bed, the aroma of pear and cinnamon filling the house. You can imagine their disappointment at not being able to eat it immediately.  They were good sports though and agreed that cake for breakfast would be fabulous, so I was able to hold them off.  I, of course, had to test it out last night, and I must say I was a little disappointed that it was falling apart as I was cutting it.  I had let it cool for 1 1/2 hours!  Surely that was long enough.  I decided to put it in sealed container, leave it to sit overnight and see what a little time would do.....I was not ready to call this cake a failure, because the flavour was so good.  When we woke up this morning my daughter said "I bet the cake is cool enough by now Mom", so with fingers crossed I removed the cake from the container and sliced a piece...Success!!!! The cake held together perfectly, it was easy to slice and serve.  My kids devoured it.  The frosting benefited from the extra time as well. 

Make this cake the night before you want to serve it, you will be glad you gave it some extra time.  I personally love recipes that I can make ahead of time for morning play dates or brunch.  Anything that gives me extra time in the morning is a winner with me.

This cake is so yummy, It will definitely become a favorite in our house.

Cinnamon Swirl Pear Cake

2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk

1 cup  fresh pear, chopped

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°.  Cream 2/3 butter and 2/3 cup of brown sugar until well mixed.  Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each. Add vanilla, mix well.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, baking soda and salt.  Mix thoroughly. 
Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix well.  Pour milk in while mixing.  Mix until well blended. 

Fold in chopped pear.Set aside.

Combine 1/4 cup melted butter with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.

Spray loaf pan with non-stick spray.  Spoon 1/3 of the cake batter into loaf pan.  Dot with brown sugar mixture. Spoon on more batter, dot with more brown sugar mixture. Repeat.

Top with remaining brown sugar mixture, this gives the cake a crunchy sweet top.

Bake @350° for approx 1 hr, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Remove to cooling rack. Allow to cool for 10 min. Run sharp knife around edge of the cake.  Leave to cool for 1-2 more hours.  Remove from pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp whipping cream

Cream together cream cheese and butter until well combined and free of lumps. Add icing sugar, vanilla and whipping cream.  Mix well.

Frost cooled cake.

Place frosted cake in a sealed container overnight.  Slice and enjoy!


  1. I can't wait to make this!

  2. I love Pears. I have always felt that they are an extremely under utilized fruit in baking. This sounds fantastic :-)

  3. I love pear cakes especially combined with spices. I am sure the swirls make this cake attractive and the cream cheese fristing adds great flavor to it.

  4. Looks like you struck a good balance between moist and light with this one! And the frosting sounds really good!

  5. Thanks for the feedback everyone!
    I think for sure pears could be used more in baking, and cream cheese frosting was indeed the perfect compliment to the warm slightly spicy flavour of the cake. It turned out beautifully moist. You won't be disappointed if you make it.

  6. Wow! Looks wonderful! Love pears. I'll have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks Christine, I love pears too. I'm definately going to use them in my baking more now that I know they work :)


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