I made this cake a few weeks ago. It is one of those you make and want to eat immediately. I'm not sure where it came from. I found it scribbled in an old notebook, so apologies for the lack of credit. I had to share it though, it was so good!
It was my brother-in-law's birthday and this was just the right cake to bake. It's moist and very fudgey. The pear slices are just gorgeous paired or should I say pear(ed) with the chocolate. What a great combination.
1 large pear, peeled and sliced
125g soft butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g caster sugar
2 large eggs
200g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
150ml hot water
- Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.
- Line a 20cm cake tin. I like to use greaseproof inserts, it saves a lot of faffing about.
- Dissolve the cocoa in the hot water.
- Sieve the flour into a bowl.
- Using an electric hand whisk or stand mixer, whisk together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, cocoa and flour and whisk until you have a smooth cake batter.
- Pour the batter into your cake tin and arrange the slices of pear on top.
- Bake for an hour, insterting a skewer to see if it's ready. If it comes out wet it needs longer, if it is clean the cake is ready.
- Cool a little in the tin on a baking rack, then carefully remove and leave until completely cool.