29 May 2011

Chocolate Pear Cake



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.








Chocolate Pear Cake
 
Ingredients
 
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

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.
  2. Line a 20cm cake tin. I like to use greaseproof inserts, it saves a lot of faffing about.
  3. Dissolve the cocoa in the hot water.
  4. Sieve the flour into a bowl.
  5. Using an electric hand whisk or stand mixer, whisk together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  6. Add the eggs, cocoa and flour and whisk until you have a smooth cake batter.
  7. Pour the batter into your cake tin and arrange the slices of pear on top.
  8. 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.
  9. Cool a little in the tin on a baking rack, then carefully remove and leave until completely cool.
  10. Enjoy!

34 comments:

  1. Wow, you can see how moist it is!

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  2. It really was Pam and I shall be making it again sometime :)

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  3. wow it does look divine (the sort of cake where a second slice is too much of a temptation to ignore!).
    A friend of mine make s a lovely pear and chocolate cake and finds it freezes really well. She makes a batch in loaf tins and reels them out when she hasn't time to bake. You'd never know they'd been made in advance. Although I don't think hers is quite as chocolatey as yours :o)

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  4. That is such a good idea Nic, I must try freezing some, if I can make some room in the freezer.

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  5. lovely cake - looks so pretty with the pears on top and the cake looks so rich and fudgy

    As for vegetarian week - I think that being vegetarian and having oodles of inspiring recipes on your blog is leading the way.

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  6. Awww thanks Johanna, you have made me feel better. You are such a sweetie!

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  7. Jac, that looks so blooming gorgeous!! Wish I could have a slice.

    Maria
    x

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  8. Certainly no need to apologize Jacqueline with a little one and company. I will take 2 slices of this cake thanks!

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  9. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I have ot admit, I don't think I've eaten pears in the past 6 months, they just seemed to have dropped off my radar.

    Enjoy your time with your father in law, time with family is precious.

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  10. Me too Maria, but it is long gone!

    I think I am going to have to make another one and ship it out Val :)

    It is Mangocheek, especially as we only tend to see them once a year. Just wish my mother-in-law had made the trip too. We do miss her.

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  11. Pear and chocolate - wow, I would have never thought of this combination.
    Its been too long since i had chocolate cake!

    Rose

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  12. It is definitely time then Rose :)

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  13. THAT is such a beautiful cake! Just beautiful!

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  14. Wow - this cake is gorgeous.

    And I think having a vegetarian blog is oodles of inspiration for vegetarian week right there :) I love your blog and find so many great ideas on it :)

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  15. That cake looks amazingly fudgy and I'm just going to bookmark it and then maybe use it for your challenge. Like the idea of this challenge so will try to participate. Just seems as though there are rather a lot of challenges around at the moment and I'm finding it hard to keep up.

    Now, tell me, what is your secret. I checked your blog an hour ago and this post wasn't there I'm sure, yet you already have loads of comments. You are one very popular blogger - quite right too.

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  16. Hey Choclette, a good chocolate cake always gets people's attention I think.

    And I know there are lots of challenges around. I think you shouldn't get to stressed about keeping up with them, just choose one now and again that suits the moment for you. I liked this one as it makes me go back and look at all those lovely recipes that I saved to make and never got around too :)

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  17. I'm so pleased that you've made it Jac, doesn't really matter how long it's taken. Your version looks fabulous and Choclette is right, you're very popular - definitely promoting the cause of vegetarianism!

    I'm writing a post about a long-bookmarked recipe right now as it happens, and I know what you mean - it's just too easy to ignore old recipes for something new!

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  18. Oooh it looks fudgy and delicious! Love the pear choc combo!

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  19. Chocolate cake looks delicious.

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  20. It was great C, I am so glad you posted it. I hope you add your bookmarked recipe to the linky :)

    It's a lovely combo Anne :)

    Thank you Nayna :)

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  21. I think it looks decadent and delicious.

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  22. I was rather disappointed it sank Pam, but I changed my mind once I tasted it :)

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  23. That looks just fabulous! I love chocolate and pear; so in a cake that would be dreamy. I totally understand the process of bookmarking something and sadly, forgetting about it until later. But this one is one I have to try soon!!

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  24. chocolate and pear is my ALL TIME fave combination so imagine how much I'm drooling at this beauty!

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  25. What a super combination! And your cake looks dark and dense, Jacqueline.

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  26. That looks absolutely divine - so fudgy - it almost looks brownie-like in the centre. My husband adores the chocolate/pear combination and I think this might well make a great 'alternative' birthday cake for him this year.

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  27. It is easy done Brittany, and such a shame. I am going to try and make an effort. Hopefully the challenge will help remind me :)

    It's one great flavour combo CC :))

    I was really pleased with it Barbara :)

    It was really brownie like in the middle Antonia, which I wasn't expected, but very pleased with :)

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  28. Chocolate and pear is such a nice combo and this looks so good!

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  29. thanks for adding the link - I have a mind like a sieve at the moment

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  30. Thanks Kevin :)

    That is ok Johanna, my mind is sieve-like also :D

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  31. Chocolate and pears sound like a great combo. I love that the cake is so moist both inside and out.

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  32. That cake looks so fudgy! Love chocolate cakes that are deep, dark chocolate like this one and the pears are a nice surprise! Thanks for hosting this event, we're happy to participate.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x