Gingerbread Pear Cake

Hello holiday bakers,

“I’ll be home for Christmas…”

“All I want for Christmas is you”

The classic Christmas carols are loved by everyone, young and old. There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than to light the fire, cozy up with the family, singing and enjoying a holiday staple: gingerbread.

Traditional gingerbread is a combination of spices: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, or even nutmeg or cardamom. This classic combination can also be baked into many forms. It’s either a cookie (often cut into gingerbread men or used as slabs to construct edible holiday houses) or a cake (airy, spiced, tender and rich with butter).

My version is the best of both worlds: a gingerbread cake. This cake has a delicate crumb, light on molasses, and heavy on the spices.  With the addition of sweet diced pears, yielding a moist and fragrant cake, almost like the texture of a coffee cake. Finished with a streusel-topping that melts into the cake and provides a yummy appearance.

Serve this classic holiday flavor. It’s a simple cake, that bakes up deliciously, and tastes like no other! I just love this cake anytime…


For the Cake:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoons cloves

1/2 teaspoon cardamon

1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

1/4 cup vegetable shortening, (Crisco) or vegetable oil

1 egg

3 tablespoons molasses

1 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 pear (Bartlett, or Bosc), peeled, diced

For the Streusel:

1/4 cup flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter, cold, cut into pieces

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the bottom only of a 9-inch springform pan or a 9 x 9-inch square pan with cooking spray, set aside.

Peel and dice the pear, set aside.

For the Streusel: Add all ingredients in a bowl, using a fork or your fingers mix until the mixture clumps just slightly. Set aside.

For the Cake: In a mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, and spices, mix to combine. Add in butter and Crisco or oil to make a crumbly mixture.  

Mix until crumbs form. I used Crisco to form the crumbs

Add egg and molasses to flour mixture and stir. Separately combine the buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir well (there will be a few lumps). Gently fold the chopped pears, mix until combined. Pour into prepared pan; sprinkle with streusel mixture evenly over the top.

Sprinkle with the streusel topping

Place in the oven and bake about 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let rest for 10 minutes and then remove from the springform pan. Dust with confectioners sugar if desired.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bake some LOVE for this Holiday Season!


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