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chocolate pear cake

Chocolate pear cake

Pears and chocolate cake work really well together in this easy-to-prepare, everyday cake. Perfect breakfast or dessert recipe. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 225 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate , chopped
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 pears ripe, peeled, cored, and chopped into large chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 9×9 inch square pan or 9 inch round springform pan. If using a springform pan, line the bottom of the springform pan with a round piece of parchment paper.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt - mix to combine.
  4. Melt the butter and dark chocolate in a small bowl, using a microwave, or on a stove top in a small pan over low heat. Stir well.
  5. Transfer melted chocolate mixture to a large mixing bowl, add granulated sugar, and, using electric mixer, beat on medium-high speed for a couple of minutes until the mixture is light in color. Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating to combine. Add flour mixture and milk, alternating between the two in two additions, into the chocolate mixture.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the baking pan and place chopped pears on top of the cake batter. Alternatively, you can fold in chopped pears into the cake batter before adding the cake batter into the baking pan.
  7. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out reasonably clean and the cake bounces when touched.
  8. Cool on a wire rack for 15-30 minutes. If using springform pan, release the cake when completely cooled.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar before serving: it will make this tasty cake look really pretty!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Epicurious

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate pear cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.