Cardamom Pear Cake


This cardamom pear cake recipe comes from Andrew Schloss, the author of Almost from Scratch: 600 Recipes for the New Convenience Cuisine.  Though this cookbook is not exclusively dairy-free, it offers many recipes and ideas for those who are interested in cooking with convenient ingredients.

Special Diet Notes: Cardamom Pear Cake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

Cardamom Pear Cake
Serves: 12
  • 6 under-ripe pears, cored and cut in eighths
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, large or extra-large
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan, preferably with a removable bottom.
  3. Toss the pear wedges, cardamom and one-third cup of the sugar in a mixing bowl until the pears are thickly coated with sugar and spice. Set aside while preparing the cake batter.
  4. To make the batter, beat the remaining sugar and eggs until thick and creamy. Beat in the oil, one-quarter cup at a time, followed by the orange juice, and the vanilla and almond extracts. Don't worry if the batter splits; it will become smooth once the dry ingredients are added.
  5. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, and beat into the batter just until the batter is smooth and thick.
  6. Spread one-third of the batter across the bottom of the prepared pan. Layer with one-third of the pears, and repeat the layers two more times.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 50 minutes, until a tester comes out barely moist.
  8. Cool in the pan on a rack.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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