Spiced pear butter cake

Spiced pear butter cake

Rich, buttery spiced pear butter cake is an easy, delicious recipe perfect as a tea time treat served with a dollop of sweetened whippe cream.
Course Baked goods, Cake, Pound cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Author Alida Ryder


  • 250 g butter room temperature
  • 250 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 g flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch each ground cloves and ground cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 pears peeled, cored and chopped

to serve

  • sweetened whipped cream


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and line a 20cm cake pan with baking paper.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt and in a separate jug, mix together the milk and vanilla.
  • Add the flour and milk, alternating between the two, and mix well after each addition until the batter is thick and creamy.
  • Coat the pear in 1 tablespoon of flour. Dust off the excess and mix into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 60-75 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. If the cake is browning too fast, simply cover with a piece of foil.
  • When the cake is baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving with whipped cream.