After lunch today I looked in the fruit bowl and instantly knew what I should be doing next – making my pear butter cake! These two suspicious looking pears were big ones and I knew nobody would want them in their lunch box for tomorrow, being so bruised and a little bit soft.

Bruised pears!

This butter cake recipe is such a good one because it is very moist and cuts well, so it’s perfect to make for morning tea at church or to take on a picnic. It is quite a dense cake and everyone in our house loves it.

So, I thought I would share this recipe with you despite having to drag out the mixer for it – it’s worth the effort!  Because really, once you have the mixer on the bench, the rest is so quick and easy. The melting the butter with the milk method is just gold.

Pear butter cake

Pear butter cake


  • 250g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 cups SR flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 or 3 large ripe pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Place butter and milk in a microwave safe bowl or jug. Heat in microwave until butter melts. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. In a mixing bowl, place eggs, caster sugar and sifted flour.
  4. Add milk and butter mixture.
  5. Beat with mixer on low speed until ingredients are combined.
  6. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour mixture into a baking-paper lined swiss roll tin.
  8. Top with sliced pears and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  9. Bake at 180°C for around 50 minutes or until skewer comes out clean and cake springs back when lightly touched.
  10. Leave in tin for 5 min before turning out onto a cooling rack.

This pear butter cake recipe can be varied, of course. You can make it plain and leave out the pears and cinnamon (the plain version is really good).  You can add cocoa and make it a chocolate cake.  You can substitute apples or tinned peaches or apricots if you like.

Once you have mastered this recipe, you will be unstoppable!

Give it a try.  Pack it in the kids’ school lunch boxes, take it to that family who have just had a new baby, make it for your friends when they come over for morning tea.  It’s even good to make for work if you have to bring a cake for your birthday! This one is quite a big cake (you could halve the recipe if you want a smaller cake). This recipe would feed up to 20 people (if they can stop at just one slice!).

Let me know if you make this pear butter cake.  I’m also interested in hearing about your own variations.

Trina xx


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2 thoughts on “Pear butter cake

  • October 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Yummy Trina.
    Wish I lived at your place..
    I think I’m going to start cooking all your recipes. Your stuff is so yummy and professional. Btw yesterday S and I realised our girls have grown up and our babies have gone, while we watched strickly CD. Sad day, but now I am so so glad I have done what I did…

    • October 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Our babies grow up so fast and soon they start baking their own cakes! Happy days. 😊


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