I'm a huge fan of quick and easy cakes that use the best, seasonal produce. One of said cakes, my Easy Rhubarb Cake is one of the most popular recipes on the blog! I have a feeling this Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake might soon follow suit!
This cake is one of the uncomplicated ones, ready for the oven in about 10 minutes and you don't even need a mixer. To prepare the batter I've used the same method as for most of my muffin recipes. All you need is two bowls - one for dry and one for wet ingredients, combine two together gently without overmixing and you are well on your way.
The combination of fresh, juicy, seasonal pears and fresh, spicy ginger is absolutely divine! Add to it my favourite spice of all time - cinnamon and you are in heaven! I have seen recipes for pear and ginger cakes before but it wasn't until I got some pears in my weekly fruit and veg box couple of weeks ago that I actually thought about making one myself! I'm so glad I did!
Quick word about ingredients!
The pears I used were still quite firm and as they were on the small side, I have only quartered them. If your pears are bigger you might want to get couple of slices per each quarter, it's entirely up to you. Personally, I do prefer thicker, chunkier slices here.
I decided to go for grated fresh ginger instead of the ground variety for that fresher and spicier flavour! It worked a treat! I thought that two teaspoons of fresh ginger will make for quite a spicy cake but it wasn't the case. All you get with that amount is gentle warmth and flavour of ginger so if you want some serious spice you might want to up the quantity to 3 teaspoons or alternatively add some ground ginger spice too. I think grated or really finely chopped stem ginger would work really well too!
I would really encourage you to try this super easy cake for yourself and with the abundance of seasonal pears around, there really isn't any reason not to! It is perfect on its own (well nice cuppa wouldn't go amiss) but if you're after more elaborate dessert, simply add a scoop or two of good vanilla ice cream!
Some more bakes you might enjoy:
Dorset Apple Cake (Traybake) - moist and smelling of apples & cinnamon, delicious!
Best Buttery Apple Pie with a Twist - classic but with extra dimension of flavour and texture added to it!
Italian Plum & Almond Cake with Amaretti Crunch - if you love using ground almonds in combination with seasonal fruit this one is for you!
Healthier Date and Banana Flapjacks would make perfect addition to any lunch box or as an after school snack too!
Easy No Bake Stem Ginger Cheesecake - gently spicy and so wonderfully creamy, it's a dream!
Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies- perfect festive treats with most delicious, crumbly and buttery pastry ever made with the addition of some ground almonds!
Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake
- 180 g plain flour or white spelt flour or mixture of both
- 95 ml full fat plain yogurt
- 95 ml rapeseed or olive oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp freshly grated ginger or more for extra spice
- 130 g light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 6 small pears (approx 400g) cored, peeled and quartered
- 1 Tbsp Demerara sugar to sprinkle over the top
Non-stick 20cm/8inches cake or springform tin (bottom lined with baking paper)
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
- Put flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl and mix gently with a whisk. Alternatively, sieve all the dry ingredients with the exception of sugar onto a large bowl, add sugar and give your dry ingredients a quick mix to incorporate sugar.
- In another bowl mix together yogurt, oil, eggs and freshly grated ginger.
- Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients mixture. Fold in gently until fully incorporated but don't overmix. Pour in your batter onto prepared cake tin.
- Arrange sliced pears gently on top of the cake batter, pushing them in ever so slightly. Sprinkle over some Demerara sugar and bake in the preheated oven for approx 40 min or until skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
- Take your cake out of the oven and let it cool slightly in the tin before taking it out onto the rolling rack. Serve as is or with some vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!
- Nutritional information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
- You could substitute freshly grated ginger with the same amount of grated or really finely chopped stem ginger.
- For more of a spice kick feel free to increase the amount of ginger to 3 tsp or add a teaspoon of ground ginger to your dry ingredients.
- Feel free to keep pear slices as thin or as chunky as you like. My pears were rather small and quartering them gave me small yet chunkier slices which worked really nice with a lovely fruit bite in each slice of the cake.
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