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Pear Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze



For Pear Sauce:

  • 4 medium-sized ripe pears, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

For Cake:

  • 1/2c butter, softened
  • 1/2c brown sugar
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2c sour cream (I used light)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2c flour

For Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 3 Tbsp light cream cheese, softened (you can use full-fat)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3c powdered sugar
  • 24 Tbsp milk


For Pear Sauce and Cake:

  1. Make pear sauce by combining diced pears, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Cook 20-25 minutes over medium heat or until pears are softened and falling apart. Mash with a potato masher or fork until roughly mashed (does not need to be pureed). Set aside 1 1/2c to cool (should be about all of it).
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter and sugars 1-2 minutes on high speed or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, until well incorporated. Add vanilla and beat 3-4 minutes. Batter should be light in color and fluffy. Mix in sour cream.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together spices, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture until just combined (batter will be thick). Stir in pear sauce. This will loosen the batter up quite a bit. Don’t worry.
  4. Pour batter into two loaf pans that have been greased and floured. You can use cooking spray and then a tablespoon or two of flour. Shake flour around in pans to cover spray, then tap out any excess flour. Smooth tops of batter.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-37 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of one of the cakes. Allow cakes to cool 5-7 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edges of the loaf pans, and remove cakes from pans. Set on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  6. Top with cream cheese glaze (recipe follows).

For Cream Cheese Glaze:

  1. Cream together cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar. Add enough milk to reach your desired consistency (some want it thicker or thinner–I used 3 Tbsp).
  2. Makes 2 loaf cakes