Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Most Versatile Spice Cake Recipe Ever

It may look plain, but this tasty recipe is my go-to dessert for parties, family gatherings, and cold Sunday mornings. It has the texture of bread, the sweetness of spice cake, and can be made with apples, bananas, or even raisins and figs. On top of that, it's super easy to make. You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry.

Fresh Pear Cake


4 cups fresh pears, peeled, cored and diced (or apples or bananas)
3 eggs beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup broken pecans (optional)
1 cup oil (or apple sauce; I always use this substitution)
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour (I use spelt flour, which has a denser texture)
1/2 tsp. clove
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda


Combine fruit (and pecans, if desired) in large bowl. Mix sugar, spices and salt; pour over fruit mixture. Set aside for one hour, stirring several times. Sift together the dry ingredients, and then sift them again over fruit mixture and mix thoroughly. Combine eggs, vanilla, and oil or apple sauce in a separate bowl and pour over fruit mixture and stir.

Pour batter into greased and sugared 13 x 9-inch or bundt pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert into cookie sheet, turn top up, and dust with cinnamon.


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