Thursday, June 19, 2014

almond pear cake

almond pear cake
Did you know...
My last name translates as "Pear" in french
My sister and I have  matching pear tattoos  
I love pears and cake- together they make my mouth water

I originally had another recipe planned for non dairy month- Peanut Butter Waffles to be exact. However I had a few pears in the fruit bowl just begging to be put to good use.  I wanted a super simple cake with big vanilla and almonds flavor- thus, this cake was born.

almond pear cake
As you know, almond milk is the staple non dairy milk in our house. I don't normally use milk in my cake recipes, in this case it worked beautifully and no extra fat/oil was needed. The crumb on this cake is beautiful! Vanilla or plain almond milk would work, use whatever you have on hand.
almond pear cake
I need to get myself a pear tree, one of the neighbors down the road has one and apparently a few locals have been helping themselves to his pears, he now has it fenced off with large, bright DO NOT ENTER- NO TRESPASSING signs plastered all over....seriously, pears are irresistible!
almond pear cake
Thinly sliced pears top the cake - without the glaze it is totally passable for breakfast, the only added sugar is the pure maple syrup, speaking of maple syrup I absolutely adore baking with it. Maple syrup {pure} , if you buy the good stuff, has the ability to create caramel/amber undertones which is so drool worthy.

almond pear cake
Normally Justin would not be into a cake that features fruit as one of the main ingredients, surprisingly he liked this cake. He actually preferred it without the glaze.
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almond pear cake
We are attending a wedding this weekend and cake is definitely in order...the wedding we are attending is a Pig Roast {yup lucky us} so we will be fending for ourselves. I think this cake may be in order- mini-fied! Falafel, tabbouleh and other yummy goodness will be in tow along with a couple growlers of home brew and champagne! 

I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to hair and make-up, typically I throw some hair product in, my hair goes up in a side pony, side braid, top knot or just down and air dries. As for my make-up and mascara, that is the extent of my talents. So, this weekend I will be straightening my hair, which only happens about 3 times a year and getting my make up professionally done- look for pics on instagram and let me know what you think!

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almond pear cake
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 Leave a fun & random fact about yourself in the comments.....

also, would you consider yourself high or low maintenance when it comes to appearance?
almond pear cake
Almond Pear Cake
makes (1) 8" round cake

you will need:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup  stone ground cornmeal 
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 flax eggs or other vegan egg alternative
8oz Pacific Organic Almond Milk (Plain or Vanilla)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pear, thinly sliced

for the glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
2-3 tbsp almond milk
sliced almonds

pre heat oven to 350 degrees F

I a medium mixing bowl combine flours through salt and mix. Create a well in the center and add vegan  egg through vanilla extract, mix dry and wet ingredients together. 

In a greased and lightly floured cake or spring form 8" pan pour batter into pan. Top with thinly sliced pears in which ever pattern makes you happiest. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or so, pulling out once a cake tester comes out clean when tested in the center of the cake.

Remove from oven and allow to fully cool on a wire rack.

Make the glaze while the cake is cooling by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl. Once the cake has fully cooled, remove the ring if using a spring form pan and gently remove the bottom transferring the cake onto a serving platter or cake stand, do the same if using a normal cake pan by running a knife around the edges and gently transfer the cake to a platter (or if you son't trust yourself with this task simply keep the cake in the pan!). Drizzle cake with glaze and sprinkle with slivered almonds.

Cake will keep up to 3-4 days, can absolutely be served without glaze and still be amazing!



  1. This looks amazing! When can we just move in with you as your full-time taste-testers?

  2. This cake looks like JUST what I need right now! My husband loves pears too :) Sometimes I feel like I am high maintenance because I refuse to go anywhere without wearing blush, concealer, and eyebrow powder...yet that and mascara is all I ever, ever wear and very lightly applied. I like a natural look and my hair is rarely kept. In that regards I am quite low maintenance ;)

  3. Pear tattoos? SO FUN! And so is this cake! Love the recipe and love your little connection to pears :)

  4. Oooh, this cake looks amazing! Pear, almond, vanilla, maple syrup... all made for each other. I am not at all high maintenance about my appearance. I like to play with make-up from time to time, primarily when I want to do a fun, gussied-up photoshoot or something, but generally speaking I wear none at all or just mascara. As for a random fact about me, hmm... how about this: when I was little, I used to climb this tree in my front yard, and I'd sit there, singing at the top of my lungs, for hours at a time. Every time a bike or a car went by, I'd stop abruptly and wait for them to pass, then start right up again, thinking no one in the world could hear or see me. I should probably also mention that I was a terrible singer, but I didn't know or care at the time. :P

  5. I LOVE that you and your sister have matching pear tattoos! So cute. I also love this recipe. I would have never thought of making a pear cake, but it sounds amazing!

  6. I adore pears and this cake looks simply perfect! So cute that your surname is poire and that you have a pear tattoo!
    I'm definitely low maintenance! I never wear any make-up unless I really have to and even try and get away without shaving my legs for as long as possible...!

  7. This cake is exactly my style -- super simple and bursting with fruit! So good. I am the lowest possible maintenance -- I wash my hair once a week, use homemade deodorant, don't wear makeup unless I'm filming something or going to a fancy event, am totally incompetent with a blow dryer (think DJ Tanner circa 1992), and haven't shaved since my cousin's wedding last August. High five for low maintenance! :)

  8. It's funny. I'm super low maintenance, and I have two high maintenance daughters! It's so odd to me! But then, they do always look "put together." I don't! The only time I look decent is the day I get my hair colored, like my blog photo. But I'm only wearing lipstick. Can't deal with anything else. To me, it's just a waste of time. Beautiful cake. Beautiful photos, as usual!

  9. This cake is so beautiful with the glaze and almonds on top! I never eat pears on their own, but I do like them in desserts! As for hair and makeup, I'm pretty useless when it comes to trying to do anything fancy with mine, so I'd probably have to go to a professional if I had to look nice for an event. Speaking of which, both of my sisters are engaged so I've got two weddings in the future that I'll have to dress up for!

  10. I'm not sure what I did wrong. From the photos I was expecting something like the German apple cakes my mom makes, kind of dry and not very sweet. But mine came out cornbread-y and eggy, it just wasn't a good texture. I do like the almond flavor + pear combo though. I'll just chalk it up to my horrid baking skills.

  11. I love that your photos look blurry in some parts.How do you do that?it's incredible!!!

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