Chocolate Pear Cake

Chocolate Pear Cake
  • 1Hr 10M Total Time

  • 40M Prep Time

  • 25 Ingredients

John Kanell

Preppy Kitchen

Ingredients and Directions

Poached Pears


  1. Add the water, brandy, sugar, vanilla, cardamom and lemon juice to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add the diced pears and lower temperature to a simmer. Cook until softened, about 20 minutes, and move the pear pieces to a bowl and allow to cool.

  2. Reserve 1/3 cup of the poaching liquid and bring the rest back to a simmer and cook until reduced by about half. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Reserve 1/4 cup of the reduced liquid for the buttercream and then whisk in confectioners’ sugar into the remaining liquid until the desired thickness is reached for a glaze.


  • 4 cups peeled and diced pears d'angou
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour three 8″ pans. I use cake strips to aid in even baking but these are optional.

  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a small bowl. You can use a double boiler or microwave at half power in 20 second spurts.

  3. Sift the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and soda into a large bowl and whisk together.

  4. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment add the eggs and sugar and mix on high for several minutes. Add the yogurt and melted chocolate mixture, brandy and 1/3 cup of poaching liquid and beat until well incorporated.

  5. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined. Fold in the poached pears carefully using a spatula.

  6. Distribute the batter evenly to the three pans and bake at 350F for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 6 oz butter
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1/3 cup poaching liquid
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar


  1. Melt the chocolate, cream and brandy in a double boiler or microwave. Remove from heat and stir until all the chocolate is melted.


  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 tsp brandy


  1. Add egg whites, sugar, cardamom and salt in a bowl. Give the mixture a brief whisk.

  2. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the bowl.

  3. Whisk the egg whites occasionally while it warms up. When the mixture has warmed, whisk it constantly. You will heat the mixture until it reaches an internal temperature of 160ºF or until it’s not grainy between your fingers.

  4. Transfer the bowl to a stand mixer, mix with a whisk attachment until you get room temperature glossy peaks.

  5. Switch to a paddle attachment and while the mixture is running on low, add tablespoon sized dollops of room temperature butter making sure to let the butter incorporate before you add the next piece. Mix in the reduced poaching liquid and vanilla.


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3 tbsp reduced poaching liquid
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom


  1. Use a spatula to place a generous amount of buttercream on the first layer. Liberally drizzle the ganache on top and place second layer on top. Repeat steps and cover cake with a thin coat of buttercream. Scrape the vertical side down and pipe dollops on top using a star tip. Drizzle some ganache on top of the dollops then spoon glaze on the center to form a pool and serve.

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