Chocolate Pear Cake: A delicious and timeless combination

Chocolate Pear Cake: A delicious and timeless combination

By 17/09/2014

Chocolate and pear is one of those timeless elegant and classic combinations which can never go out of trend.

For this moist and scrumptious cake, which you can make in a relative short space of time, make sure you use good quality cocoa and juicy and ripe pears. For the topping I have used canned pears as I did not like the idea of raw pears on top but that's optional you can leave them out if you prefer or you could shave some dark chocolate on top or make a ganache with dark chocolate and cream for a richer and luxurious topping.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes



Peel the pears, remove the core and chop them into small cubes. Squeeze half a lemon over them and stir well. Set aside. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.

Whip the egg yolks with half of the sugar. Add the cocoa, the vanilla extract, the butter (cooled down) and stir well.

stirring egg yolks and cocoa

Add the flour and the chopped pears. Whip the egg whites until firm with a pinch of salt and with the remaining sugar then gently incorporate them to the mixture.

adding pears and egg whites

Pour it into a well greased round baking tray and cook at 180C for about 40-45 minutes. Check with a toothpick if the cake is cooked. If still wet inside leave it in the oven for a little longer.

Remove the cake from the oven, let it cool down then sprinkle it with cocoa powder. Slice the canned pears into quarters and arrange them on the cake. Dissolve the jam with a tbsp of water in a pan over a source of heat then brush it onto the pears. This will give them a shiny look.

Chocolate pear cake

Sprinkle with powdered (icing sugar) and serve!

Chocolate pear cake

chocolate and pear cake

chocolate and pear cake

As I have used jam in this recipe I am pleased to enter my cake into "We Should Cocoa" hosted this month by the queen of chocolate:ย  lovely Choclette! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also as the pears were local, I am entering it into "Shop Local" hosted by Elizabeth Kitchen Diaries and into "Bake of the Week" hosted by Casa Cosello.

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18 Responses to Chocolate Pear Cake: A delicious and timeless combination

  1. gloria

    Dear Alida this is winner absolutely!
    Usually Imake a lot of pears and chocolate desserts and this sounds delicious.
    I saved this recipe.

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Pears and chocolate go so well together. I love this recipe and it is simple to create. I also like the way you put the pears on the top, very attractive and luscious. This one is a keeper…for sure. Thanks Alida for sharing your delicious creation. Have a wonderful day!
    Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie!

  3. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Timeless indeed! Chocolate and pear cake is delicious. Always so moist and sumptuous. I love the little pears you have put on top!

    • Alida

      Thank you Kate, I think I will make this again. My children loved it.

  4. la cucina di Molly

    Pere e cioccolato si abbinano benissimo, e questo dolce รจ golosissimo e anche bello da vedere, complimenti! Un bacione!

  5. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    Guess what I just bought today, lol??? Yes indeed, nice ripe beautiful pears!!! Since I have been craving chocolate for days now, I think I may just need to bake me a Chocolate Pear Cake. Yours looks simply lovely:) Not to worry, I will share with Marion, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…

  6. Casa Costello

    I never thought of using canned pears as decoration – great idea! Love those flecks of pear throughout the cake. Thanks again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

    • Alida

      You are very welcome, thank you for hosting Helen! x

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  9. Choclette

    Oh how lovely Alida. You are right pear and chocolate is a great combination and your cake looks delicious. I like your clever use of jam in the recipe. Thanks for sharing it with We Should Cocoa.

  10. Katie @ The Perfect Brownie

    Looks great! I do love baked pears, but have never combined them with chocolate before. That’s something I’ll have to try. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Elizabeth

    What a beautiful cake! I love how you’ve arranged the pears on the top – simple but stunning. Thank you for sharing with Shop Local!

    • Alida

      Thank you for hosting Elizabeth!

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