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a chocolate and pear cake on a cake stand

Chocolate And Pear Cake

A gorgeous chocolate cake made with in-season pears and dark chocolate. Keep this one bookmarked!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Traditional
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 346kcal
Author Peter G


  • 100 g chocolate 70% cocoa solids
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 100 g butter unsalted
  • 4 eggs separated (you can use 3 larger ones)
  • 100 g raw sugar caster or superfine
  • 100 g almond meal
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3 pears cleaned cored and sliced in half


  • Preheat your oven to 160 deg C using the fan force option. Grease and line a 20cm springform baking tin and set aside.
  • Using the double boiler method melt the chocolate and butter until well incorporated. Add the vanilla, stir and set aside.
  • In a spare bowl combine the egg yolks and sugar and whisk until thick, pale and creamy. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside.
  • To make the cake batter add the creamed sugar mixture, almond meal and sea salt to the melted chocolate combination and stir until combined. Finally, fold through the egg whites very gently, making sure they are well incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the baking tin and cook for 5 mins. Remove the cake and arrange the pears cut side down and bake for a further 40-45 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 mins before removing the cake and allowing to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar and serve with double cream, creme fraiche or yoghurt.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g