Pear Almond Cake | Magnolia Days

Pear Almond Cake

A recipe for pear almond cake made with fresh pears, sliced almonds, and sweetened with brown sugar. It is a single layer cake garnished with a dusting of confectioners sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1 1/2 sticks, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pears
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • Confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. Note: you can also line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper for easier release.
  2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar in a large bowl using a hand mixer on high speed.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add vanilla and beat to combine.
  6. Add flour and beat on low speed until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  7. Stir in pears and almonds.
  8. Divide and spread batter evenly into prepared cake pans.
  9. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool cakes in the pans for 10 minutes.
  11. Turn out cakes onto wire racks and cool completely.
  12. Dust tops of cakes with confectioners sugar. For a lace design, place a paper doily on each cake before dusting. Carefully remove doily after dusting.

Recipe Notes

Cakes can be wrapped in freezer wrap or foil and frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw at room temperature. Dust with confectioners sugar before serving.