Chocolate Pear Cake

IMG_3794Hello cake eaters–  Some cakes are elegant fancy dinner cakes, some are colorful festive birthday cakes, but this little guy is a homely nubbly little everyday cake–the sweetest part is the pears tucked inside. And with double chocolate and a little mound of whipped cream, it’s just right.

1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tab. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup canola oil
2 pears, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
optional:  whipped cream & cocoa nibs** (or more mini chocolate chips) for garnish

IMG_3785In a mixing bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cocoa.  then mix in the vanilla, egg, milk and oil.  Finally fold in the pear chunks and mini chocolate chips.

Scrape the thick batter into a 9″ or 10″ cake pan* that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Put it into a 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes until it’s cooked through.

*I like to use a springform pan to make it easier to take the cake from the pan to serve it.
** If you live in CA, the cocoa nibs are available at Sprouts!



16 thoughts on “Chocolate Pear Cake

  1. I’ve been obsessed with pears in cakes/tarts lately. And the chocolate in this makes it so extravagant. I’d really have to resist eating this for dessert and then breakfast the next morning!

    • Mary Frances– I’m with you on that one. My Dad used to have the previous night’s desert the next morning and he said that if you don’t put ice cream on it, you can called it breakfast! xo

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