Dec. 15, 2023

Poached Pear Caramel Cake

Yield: 6 servings

Festive and elegant, this yummy poached pear cake is like nothing you've seen before. This dessert combines Bosc pears' sweet and nutty flavors with a moist and fluffy cake. It's a wonderful dessert that can be enjoyed at any time!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh pear puree
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup crushed macadamia nuts
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Pinch of Turbinado sugar
  • Caramel Sauce

Poached Pears

  • 6 Bosc pears, peeled and with the bottoms cut
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom



  1. Add fresh pear to the food processor and purée.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease two small cake pans.
  4. Add all-purpose flour, white granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt to a mixing bowl.
  5. Mix until combined.
  6. Add the pear puree, vanilla, oil, and apple cider vinegar and mix into a batter.
  7. Leave at a thick consistency.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the small cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let the cake cool in the trays for a few minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool before frosting.

Poached Pears

  1. In a large pot, combine water and sugar over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the lemon juice.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  4. Submerge the pears in the simmering liquid, adding more water, if necessary, to cover the pears.
  5. Simmer the pears for about 30 minutes. You'll know they are ready when you try to insert a knife and there is some resistance.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat and cool the pears in the poaching liquid.
  7. Once the pears and cake have cooled, spread a generous amount of cream cheese between the two cake layers so they stick together.
  8. Remove the pears from the liquid, drain, and set 3-4 on top of the cake.
  9. Drizzle with caramel sauce.
  10. Top with crushed macadamias
  11. Sprinkle with cardamom and turbinado sugar.
  12. Serve.

Recipe created by Azure Farms for Superfresh Growers.

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