Pear Cake

Baking By Katiekatiekatie Updated 22 Jun 2009 , 12:30am by Katiekatiekatie

Katiekatiekatie Posted 11 Jun 2009 , 5:29pm
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Okay I have seen this more than once now and I NEED the recipe!!! Who nows one that they are willing to share with me?


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madras650 Posted 11 Jun 2009 , 11:25pm
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Katiekatiekatie Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 3:32pm
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Thanks soo much, I have that document and thats one of the places I have seen it mentioned. I was hoping to find someone who has actually tried it.


drakegore Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 5:54pm
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i am going to try it (or close version of it this weekend).
if you would like me to let you know how it was, i'd be happy too!

Katiekatiekatie Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 7:33pm
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That would be awesome!

I was going to attempt it (but next week)

I love pear pie, pear jelly beans everything with pear is great! so pear cake.... how can it be bad?

drakegore Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 7:38pm
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me too, lol. i can't figure out why EVERYBODY doesn't love pear like i do icon_smile.gif

it's in the oven now.

i used pureed pears and kerns pear nector.
i also added the beans of one vanilla pod.

batter was quite subtle...i am not a big fan of subtle....
so i added 1 1/2 teaspoons of pear extract.

i have toriani pear syrup here too, so if this cake is not "peary" enough, that will be my next attempt.

will keep you posted.


Katiekatiekatie Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 8:53pm
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My thoughts exactly!

My mouth is watering!

I can hardly wait!

maryjsgirl Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 10:24pm
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Pear cake?

That sounds so good! I have seen recipes calling for pear to add moisture, but not as the main flavor.

drakegore Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 11:29pm
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it's done! and it's really good icon_biggrin.gif
flavor is still on the subtle side, but i am betting the flavor will get stronger by tomorrow like a banana cake does (i will report back).

i adapted the wasc (half-recipe) as follows (and it was enough for 2 8x2 rounds):

1 white cake mix (i used betty crocker)
1 cup + 2 tbs cake flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups pureed drained lite pears
1 cup kearns pear nectar
1 teaspoon real vanilla
seeds of one vanilla bean
1 1/2 teaspoons pear extract

i will wait until tomorrow to decide if it needs more pear flavoring. it is lovely as it is but sometimes i crave PEAR, not pear, lol.

i would love to make this from scratch...if only i knew how....


sadsmile Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 11:39pm
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That sounds really refreshing! I know in juice they use white grape and it really brings out the pear flavor-just a thought. It might add a crispness and enhance acidic balance that compliments pear so well.

Katiekatiekatie Posted 13 Jun 2009 , 11:43pm
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I think I may just be making another cake tommorrow!!!

What can be put in flour to make it "cake flour" is that possible?

Or its off to the store for me again!

drakegore Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 12:19am
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sad smile - i like the grape juice idea! i am going to make a note on my recipe for next time.

katie - normally the wasc has ap flour, so i bet you can use that. 1 cup ap=1 cup plus 2tbs cake flour. i don't think there is anything you can add to make it cake flour, i think cake flour is just more finely milled.

any suggestions for a scratch recipe we could modify for pear?

maryjsgirl Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 1:46am
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For scratch I would just make a white cake and then infuse it with a syrup using pear liquor or the nectar. Maybe make a pear curd with the nectar for the filling. I've never tried making curd with anything other than lemon, but I've seen recipes using all different fruits.

Or maybe find a good applesauce cake and sub some pear puree. I wonder if roasting the pears first will give a greater pear flavor?

Katiekatiekatie Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 5:42pm
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Well I am testing out some ideas...

I am testing the difference between canned pears that I put thru the processor and pear "applesauce" that I got at publix. The premade sauce has quite a pear flavor!! I think I may try that hummm.... I just finished my cakes for this weekend. Now I have to take a nap and get ready for work tonight. Tommorrow I will make this cake.. wondering what filling.. and I love cupcakes so maybe some of those with a nice bold frosting.... hummm decisions decisions....

Have fun ladies!

drakegore Posted 14 Jun 2009 , 11:57pm
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i bet "pearsauce" would probably have more pear flavor than pureed can pears. please let me know how that works out!

my cake WAS more flavorful today and even better, i could not really taste the cake mix base today! i still want more pear flavor though, but this cake was really fabulous (i am on my third piece today, lol).

i will let you know how my next pear experiment goes! maryjsgirl, thank you for the applesauce cake suggestion (i have been toodling around these recipes today looking for my victim recipe icon_smile.gif )


Katiekatiekatie Posted 15 Jun 2009 , 6:00am
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Diane- did you put any filling or frosting with your cake?

I have 5 little taste testers and one big one at home and they all agree that the pearsauce tastes the best so that is what I will make my cake with...

Cookies4kids Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 12:07pm
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I have recently come across 2 different pear cake recipes. One is in a 9 x 13 pan and the other in 8" rounds. Don't know if the 9x13 could be done as cakes for decorating but it is really awesome. I have taken it to 2 different ladies events and everyone said it was the best cake they had ever eaten. I am a huge fan of chocolate, but this pear cake is almost as good.
Thanks for these new recipes which I will certainly try.

drakegore Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 12:37pm
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katie, i was waffling between brown sugar smbc and vanilla and i went with vanilla for both filling and frosting. i am glad i did because the pear taste is delicate and i think the vanilla was just right for it without overpowering it. omgosh, it was even better on day 2. i don't even think you have to be a pear lover to enjoy it icon_smile.gif

lilybird, would you feel comfortable sharing your favorite pear recipes?


Katiekatiekatie Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 5:41pm
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I finally had time to make up this cake!!

Still havent tasted it... IM DYING!!!

I need a bite!!!

I made a dozen cupcakes to just to taste!!!

Cant wait for them to be done!

Katiekatiekatie Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 8:41pm
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Diane- where did you find the pear extract? I think thats wha mine is missing!!! icon_cry.gif

drakegore Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 9:37pm
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hi katie,

i got mine from amoretti. it is kind of expensive...about $35.00 for their smallest size. it smells so wonderful, yum! they also have a pear compound. i have a sample size and i think i am going to break down and buy the $35.00.

i am also going to buy some from to play with as it is pretty affordable (and they have lots of other great and unusual extract flavors).

most of the pear cakes out there that i found rely heavily on cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. for flavor, but i really just wanted a cake with the clear taste of pear and no distractions!

sometime this week, i will probably make another attempt using monin pear syrup. that HAS to be loaded with pear flavor i would guess icon_smile.gif


chefjess819 Posted 21 Jun 2009 , 9:47pm
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for a good pear flavor i would hit up a farmers market for some homemade pear preserves. that way you don't have the preservative flavor or the jarred extract flavor. i've used homemade apple butter in spice cupcakes and they were gone within the day. lol. the homegrown/homemade goods are the greatest! thumbs_up.gif

Katiekatiekatie Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:30am
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Funny... I have a note to return a call to amoretti!!! I guess I will have to let them know I want to try the pear extract!

I will let you know!

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