Wednesday, January 8, 2020

#Pear Bundt Cake by Ellie Alexander

Happy new year! One of the best things about living in Ashland, Oregon is that Harry and David is right up the road in nearby Medford. That means that everyone in my family gets a box of their world famous Royal Riviera pears for the holidays. Forget candy. These luscious, sweet pears are such a treat. However they don’t last long in my house, so I swiped a couple to test a new bundt cake recipe.

The next book in my Bakeshop Mysteries, Nothing Bundt Trouble, comes out this spring and I’ve been testing a variety of ways to bake the perfect bundt—including this recipe that starts with a basic vanilla cake mix and is layered with juicy pears. It’s so light and filled with spicy pear flavor that no one will believe it started from a mix!

Pear Bundt Cake:

1 white or vanilla cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter melted
2 ripe pears

For the topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix and eggs in an electric mixer and beat on medium low until well combined. Add melted butter, sour cream, and vanilla. Beat on medium until batter is light and fluffy (approximately 3-5 minutes). Pour half of the batter into a greased bundt pan. Peel and dice pears. Spread on top of the batter. In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle over pears. Then pour remaining batter on the top. Spread evenly and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Invert bundt on cake plate and carefully free from pan. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Serve and enjoy warm or cool.

Coming June of 2020 the 11th book in the Bakeshop Mysteries, Nothing Bundt Trouble!

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  1. A pair of pear recipes -- and we didn't even plan two pear recipes in a row! What will tomorrow bring???

    1. I thought the same thing! Great minds, great pairs—or pears!

  2. Leslie, whatever it is, it will be delicious, as always!

  3. Sounds yummy and bundt cakes are so pretty! Both of my sons love pears so I thought I'd give it a try even though I don't have Harry and David pears🙁. Maybe I can find some with really good flavor for it. Thanks for the recipe. Renee