Chocolate Pear sponge cake

Chocolate Pear sponge cake

By 04/03/2016

Having grown up in Italy I always find it hard in the UK during the winter months, the sun is lower, less stronger than in Italy and it is always so dark during the day! Sometimes I feel like going to bed at 5 pm!

As we approach spring and the days are getting longer, there is more light out there, the first daffodils are peeping out and the air feels less heavy too. It is nice to see some colour and some more sunshine. I bought some hyacinths to keep on my window cill: they seem to radiate happiness, I love their smell and their bright colour lifts my mood every morning when I come down to the kitchen. How wonderful that something as simple as keeping a bunch of flowers on your mantelpiece can improve your feelings and mood. Life is made of simple pleasures.

Today I wanted to make something nice to offer the kids for "merenda", their afternoon snack. I love picking them up from school with a nice homemade cake in my bag. They usually scoff the whole lot really quickly especially if it is made with chocolate! I use only organic flour when I bake for them now; there are far too many allergies thanks to our genetically modified wheat! Not great but buying good quality flour is probably a good idea.

What I baked was a soft sponge cake with fruit and chocolate. I chose pears this time which go heavenly with chocolate.. dark chocolate always for me please. Once you get used to it you will ditch the milk one forever: it is inferiour in quality, as it has more sugar and less cocoa content.

Sometimes I have chocolate with 90 % cocoa content and I am stunned by how much my children love it. You would think that it is far too bitter for a child's palate but there you go, children can be more food connoisseurs than we can imagine.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 50 minutes



Melt the butter over a low heat and let it cool down. Peel, core and cut the pears into cubes. Put them on a plate add the lemon juice, the brown sugar, mix well and set aside.


Whip the yolks with the caster sugar until pale and creamy. Add the melted butter, the vanilla, the milk, the lemon zest and the sifted flour. Mix well. Whip the egg whites until firm and gently add them to the mixture stirring from top to bottom.

cake mixture

Pour the mixture onto a well greased mould measuring approx 22 cm or 8 inch and put the diced pears on top. Chop the chocolate with a knife and sprinkle it over the pears.

chocolate pear cake in the mold

Cook for 50 minutes at 180C or 350F.

chocolate pear cake

I decorated with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

chocolate pear cake

If you like chocolate and pears have a look at this other version of chocolate and pear cake.

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17 Responses to Chocolate Pear sponge cake

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love how this sponge cake turned out…the colour, flavour and crumb..a perfect combination!

    • Alida

      I also love chocolate and orange, both great combos!

  2. Elisabetta

    I find the short season of daffodils in the supermarket really spesial. These beautiful yellow flowers are like little smiling faces; I love them. What an original cake Alida, a lemon scented sponge with fresh pears and dark chocolate in the top layer, yummy.

    • Alida

      Grazie cara.

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Mi piace molto l’abbinamento cioccolato e pera, immagino che bontร  questa torta! Felice weekend, ciao!

  4. Chiara

    adoro le torte con le pere piรน di quelle con le mele, questa tua poi con il cioccolato รจ irresistibile ! Buona settimana Alida, un bacione !

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    What a lovely cake! I used to pick my little one up with cake at the ready too…… There is something very satisfying about seeing their little faces scoffing great home-made treats!
    As for flowers…… I hate not having a vase of prettiness on the windowsill. And hyacinths (along with lilies) have such a divine scent…..

    • Alida

      Yes it is the best thing when your children appreciate your cooking and they do most of the time.

  6. Mila

    Deve essere deliziosa!!!!

  7. maria

    I have just found your wonderful website! There are so many recipes that are familiar to me and so many others that I cannot wait to try. The chocolate and pear combination are truly a treat. I agree with you Alida…it has to be dark chocolate. Thank you so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Thanks Maria for your lovely words. Thank you for visiting and let’s cook!

  8. Sarah Cooper

    I made this today – was delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Alida

      Thanks Sarah, I am pleased you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Neville Arthurs

    Dear Alida,

    I have made this cake twice and it has been a roaring success. Now I would like to make a similar cake with oranges. Do I simply use oranges instead of pears and perhaps orange zest and juice instead of lemon or is there a bit more to it than that?
    Thank you
    Your avid follower

    • Alida

      Dear Neville,
      You can use any fruit you like. Chocolate and pears go quite well together but of course oranges do too! The only thing is that they might release a little bit more liquid but I think they will go very well anyway.

  10. Mrs Jill Edwards

    Just baked this cake on a wet thundery afternoon with some pears I was given by a friend! Absolutely delicious and have passed the recipe to my friend with the pear tree!! Many thanks!

    • Alida

      That’s wonderful, I am very pleased thank you!

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