A long, long time ago in the land of France I had a piece of chocolate cake with a pear halve in it.
I fell in love.
Recently, I went on a search for a recipe for a chocolate pear cake like the one that I had eaten in France. I couldn’t find one that was quite the same so I made up my own recipe.
We have been enjoying it so much I wanted to share it with you.
I made the cake today for my own birthday which is tomorrow. We decided to celebrate one day early since we hope to get out of the house on Saturday.
From my Swiss window’s Chocolate pear cake recipe
You will need to preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).
1/3 cup butter
100 grams of baking chocolate
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 large can of pear halves
Directions on mixing ingredients and baking
Note in regard to photos of the cake: I baked this cake as a higher cake (getting about four to five inches tall) by doubling the ingredients. The reason I did that is that I like higher cakes for birthdays. The cake is normally half as high as the one shown in the photos.
- Begin melting the butter and chocolate in a sauce pan on low heat stirring often.
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- In another bowl slightly whisk the eggs adding milk and vanilla extract afterwards.
- Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
- Once it is all mixed together add the mayonnaise.
- Add the melted chocolate and butter mixture.
- Arrange pear halves in the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan so that there will be at least a piece of pear in each piece of cake when cake is cut. Place the pears so that the rounded side is touching the bottom of the pan. Make sure it is a deep pan if you are doubling this recipe because the cake will rise up to about four to five inches tall or you could probably use a longer cake pan. The cake will double in height as it bakes.
- Pour the cake batter into the cake pan covering the pear halves.
- Place cake pan in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes at 177 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). Check to see if cake is done by lightly pressing the top of the cake to see if it is firm and place a knife inside the middle of the cake to see if it comes out clean. If the knife comes out clean then the cake is done. Caution: If you doubled the ingredients you will need to bake the cake for about an hour since the batter will be thicker.
- After cake has cooled completely you will flip it over onto a plate so that the bottom (showing the pears) is now on the top.
- Lightly powder the cake with powdered sugar.