Applesauce Pear Cake

  • Author: Dana Gerard
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 18+ servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast Bread
  • Cuisine: American
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Applesauce, a fresh pear and spices make the perfect breakfast cake, snack or dessert.


  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter (or vegan butter) + 2 tablespoons (to grease the pan)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose flour or gluten free flour blend + 1 tablespoon flour (to coat pear)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground or grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 large pear or apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks.
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • Optional: a few tablespoons of lemon juice, water or cream to make glaze


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly butter two small or one large loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Use an electric or handheld mixer to cream butter and two sugars together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.
  4. Stir in applesauce/ baking soda mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt and spices to break up lumps.
  6. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  7. Toss pear or apple with flour and fold into batter.
  8. Pour batter into pan and bake for 45- 50 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. When cool, sift over powdered sugar or make a glaze (see below).
  11. To make glaze, pour enough liquid into powdered sugar to make a thick, pourable glaze.
  12. Pour glaze into zip top bag, secure top with a rubber band and snip one corner to make a pastry bag. (See Old fashioned peach cake for demos.)
  13. When the cake is cool, place on a plate with a few small pieces of parchment underneath the cake to catch drips. Make a decorative pattern (crisscross or just poured) on top of cake, let dry, then remove parchment pieces where the glaze has dripped. Serves 18 – 20.


Adapted from Deborah Madison’s Applesauce Spice Bread,
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