Need a dessert that not only looks impressive but is easy to make? This Vegan Spiced Pear Cake is it! It’s the perfect dessert for any gathering and it has the WOW factor so your family and friends will think you spent a long time making it. Only YOU will know its so SIMPLE to make!
Not only is it easy to make but you can serve it at breakfast, brunch or even for a snack. If you’ve had apple pie for breakfast than you know what I mean. YUM!
Can we see a raise of hands for anyone who has eaten apple pie for breakfast? Ask my brother and he would be the first person to raise his hands. He always calls dibs on any leftover apple pie from Thanksgiving and he says it tastes better the next day.
All I know is this cake is delicious! There is something about the mix of cinnamon and nutmeg that goes so well with the sweetness of pears. You’ll love the addition of cardamon which adds an extra layer of warmth to its taste. I don’t know about you but anytime I can add cardamon to a recipe I am a happy woman!
We used red D’Anjou pears in this recipe but you can use Bosc red pear, green D’Anjou pears, and Bartlett pears. If you are using Bartlett pears make sure they are on the firm side. You want a pear that can hold their form and dooesn’t brown easily. I like to peel my pears but you could leave the skins on if you like. Here is another easy dessert recipe for pears; our Vegan Spiced Pear Crostata.
Don’t have pears? You can substituted other fruit for the sliced pears, such as thinly sliced apples, peaches, plums, or figs. In fact, we have a great recipe for a Vegan Autumn Fig Cake.
For our allergy substitutes we used Vegan Earth Balance Buttery sticks to replace the traditional dairy margarine or butter. Can’t have soy? They have a soy version as well.
The egg can be replaced using unsweetened applesauce. We used an organic brand but any applesauce will do. No applesauce on hand? You can also mix 1 tablespoon flax seed meal with 3 tablespoons lukewarm water. Make sure you let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken before incorporating it in your recipe. There are several milk substitutes you can choose from but we typically use the Califa Farms Oat Milk for our milk substitute.
Vegan Spiced Pear Cake
- 1½ c all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp cardamon
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 8 tbsp non-dairy margarine, softened
- 1 c granualted sugar
- ¼ c unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ c non-dairy milk
- 2-3 anjou pears (or firm bartlett pears)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9-inch springform pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon and salt. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the non-dairy margarine and sugar until creamed together. Add the applesauce, lemon zest and vanilla and beat on low until well combined.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, alternating with the non-dairy milk and beat on low until well combined.
- Spread the batter into the prepared batter and smooth the top with a spatula.
- Peel, core and slice the pears. Place the pears on top in a circular pattern. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
- Bake for 60 minutes until the top is golden and a toothpick comes out in the center clear. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and remove the cake from the springform pan. Let it cool and serve.