Pear Cake (recipe)

We had a pile of pears left over last week and I needed a quick recipe to use the stash before our next box from Happy Child CSA ripened. Fortunately, there was a great recipe included in the weekly newsletter, Becky’s Pear Cake. It was easy to make, and I modified slightly with the addition of Ginger People ginger chips, which gave the cake a little more ginger-oompf. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the cake, and it was very suitable for one of the new holiday stencils I picked up at Michael’s.

Pear Cake

Inspired by Becky’s Pear Cake from Happy Child CSA


  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups diced pears (I did not peel)
  • 1/3 cup ginger chips (the Ginger People have a good product)
  1. Preheat oven to 305F. Line 9-inch square pans with parchment and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together flours, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, ginger, vanilla.
  4. Alternate adding dry ingredients and buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  5. Add pears and mix gently. Do not overmix.
  6. Pour into prepared pans and bake 55-60 minutes, until tops are golden and inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Preparation time: 1 hour(s) 30 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

4 :  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Gudrun Enger.
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  1. I subscribed to the Happy Child CSA after talking about it with you at Dena’s shower, but I never get recipes! Are they just on the website, or do you get a printed sheet? This cake looks lovely and I will definitely try it, thank you!

    1. Kitchen Gadget Girl

      This recipe was on the back of the sheet describing the contents of the box. A little half piece of paper with news of the farm. I don’t think they have recipes on their website, that would be a good idea!

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