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From my Swiss window’s Chocolate Pear cake recipe (recette)

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.

Chocolate pear cake

Chocolate pear cake

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

Dry ingredients
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of sugar

Wet ingredients
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 large can of pear halves

Powder sugar

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.

Chocolate pear cake

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  • milkjam July 17, 2009, 8:45 pm

    mayonnaise? really? ewww

    • Pumpkin July 18, 2009, 10:53 am

      Don’t knock it until you try it. :)

      I thought the same thing when one of my co-workers at the bank I worked at told me that was how she made such moist cakes. I tried the cake she had brought in that day (banks are full of food behind the lines) and it was perfect. You can not taste the mayo at all. It simply makes the cake moist. If you search online you will find recipe after recipe with mayo as an ingredient for homemade cakes. I think it is something people (that know) do but don’t really list in the ingredients. I decided to go ahead and list it for those out there that don’t know about it and aren’t afraid to try new things even if it is something they aren’t used to.

      Thanks for visiting!

  • anne July 17, 2009, 11:36 pm

    Delicious !!! Oh I wish I could bake cakes, not very good!

    • Pumpkin July 18, 2009, 10:55 am

      You can bake cakse! It is super easy. I promise.

  • expatraveler July 18, 2009, 3:12 am

    Happy Birthday! The cake looks incredible!!! And yeah for getting out.. I so want that.. :)

    • Pumpkin July 18, 2009, 10:56 am

      Thanks! It is raining so we are going to pick up some school clothes for the girls but I don’t think we’ll be able to really do much else. :c

      • expatraveler July 19, 2009, 3:53 am

        I’ve heard about the rain via facebook. I guess we’ve soaked up all of the sun for what it is worth. We have had virtually 2 straight months of no rain. I’m loving that of course, but it is not good for the fire season. I’ve had to take it easy as I’ve started having severe knee issues.

  • might i add...? July 18, 2009, 8:52 pm

    Happy birthday, Pumpkin!!!

    The cake looks yummy, and I can’t wait to try your recipe. I used to think that mayonnaise was pretty weird in a cake, but if you’ve ever made mayo from scratch, it’s not so weird! Eggs, oil, vinegar (helps the baking soda get fizzy, so it makes the cake lighter, although I don’t know if it works in this case, where the vinegar is already in the mayo). Anyway, it looks delicious and special, which is how I hope your birthday is!

  • sandra July 19, 2009, 11:40 am

    a belated happy birthday to you :)

  • birthday cake pictures July 21, 2009, 5:12 am

    Happy birthday and that is a great looking (and tasting, I can imagine it, oh yes!) cake :) The pears are an interesting ingredient I have not seen used before, bet that adds some freshness and goes well with the choc.

  • The Cowgirl July 21, 2009, 7:36 am

    Oh, I love this cake! Happy (belated) Birthday, Pumpkin!

  • Scooter July 29, 2009, 4:20 pm

    This cake is fantastic! Delicious…had to try it right when I found it. Thanks for sharing! I will share this one, too. Peace.

  • Pumpkin July 29, 2009, 4:26 pm

    Hello Scooter!

    I am happy that you liked it and thank you for coming back to let me know that it came out for you. :)

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