FOOD: Spiced Pear Cake & Crème Fraîche Glaze

Hi guys! Lauren from Perpetually Chic, back today to share one of my favorite cakes for the fall season. The basic pear cake recipe is a staple in my family, but I recently made a few adjustments and created a glaze that I think makes this treat even more irresistible.

 Packed with pears, walnuts and currants and laced with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, it's a cake that literally tastes like fall. Plus, it's equally delicious served with vanilla ice cream for dessert as it is enjoyed alone for breakfast! Keep reading for the easy recipe...

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For the Cake
  • 3 firm, ripe pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temp
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried currants (or raisins)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
For the Glaze
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg
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  1. Place the pears in a large bowl with the sugar. Stir and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a shallow, round pan.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Then sift the flour mixture into the bowl with the pears. 
  4. Add eggs, oil, vanilla, currants and walnuts to bowl with pears and mix well. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan on a rack. 
  6. Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, crème fraîche and water until smooth. Mix in vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread the glaze all over the top of the cake. Let stand until the glaze sets, then cut into wedges and serve.

-post & images by Lauren Craig



  1. Looks delicious! I can't wait to try it out! And I love that I've been given permission to eat it for breakfast!

    Luci's Morsels - fashion. food. frivolity.

  2. Oh my gosh. In the words of Rachel Zoe, "I die". This looks amazing, thanks for the recipe share, will give it a try. Stop by whenever you have time and have a great day :)


  3. I've been looking for something new to bake this weekend (I make something every Sunday) and this looks like it'll be it! So great & simple, thanks for sharing.

    Blonde In This City

  4. Looks so delicious -- but where is that CAKE STAND from?!?! I must have it!!

  5. That looks delicious!! But that CAKE STAND -- I MUST HAVE IT!! where is it from?

  6. Yummy! it looks so delicious

  7. Yummy! it looks so delicious

  8. This looks scrumptious! :)

    - Danya

  9. Beautiful pictures! The recipe looks amazing.

  10. Thanks, ladies! I can't wait for you to make it...and eat it for breakfast ;)

    JEK: cake stand is vintage from my mother-in-law. Search Fenton milk glass cake plate - lots on ebay!

  11. Lauren, thanks so much! I'm on the hunt.

  12. What a great cake for fall! The recipe looks perfect! Thank you for sharing it!

  13. seriously? I must try this. Looks so good.

  14. Yum! Beautiful pics, as always, Lauren!

  15. omg...that looks supper yummm....drooling at the mo!

    Love the presentation of the dessert too:)



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