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Pear Streusel Cake

This Pear Streusel Cake is the perfect fall and winter dessert with an easy-to make tender cake base and a delicious streusel topping - make it with fresh or canned pears for an easy dessert! 

Course Baking, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Baking, Cake, European, German
Keyword Pear Streusel Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 365 kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature (full fat is best)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter for greasing the cake pan
  • 3-4 fresh pears, peeled and thinly sliced (alternatively, use an 850 ml large can of canned pears)

For the streusel topping:

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add the butter and the sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer and beat them together until the mixture is fluffy and becomes a pale colour (about 4-5 minutes). It's important that the butter is at room temperature before you begin. This will allow it to integrate properly with the other wet ingredients.

  3. Feel free to use a hand mixer and large mixing bowl if you prefer.

  4. Add the eggs and the vanilla and beat them in on medium speed until the mixture is smooth. It's a good idea to scrape down the bowl periodically to make sure everything is incorporated evenly.
  5. Add the milk and sour cream and beat in these ingredients on low speed until they're combined.
  6. To a separate bowl add the flour, the baking powder and the salt and mix these ingredients together with a fork or a wire whisk. Once they're all incorporated, dump the flour mixture into the bowl of the stand mixer with the wet ingredients. Turn the mixer on low and watch the batter come together. As soon as you see the batter form with streaks of flour throughout, turn off the mixer and remove the bowl.
  7. Over-mixing at this stage can cause an overly dense and dry cake with large air bubbles, which you definitely don't want. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl by hand and gently fold in the remaining flour. Be sure to stop folding as soon as everything is combined.
  8. Grease a 9x13 rectangular glass cake pan with some butter and pour the batter into the pan, using the spatula to push the batter into the corners and even out the surface. Don't worry, the batter will seem thick but it's supposed to be like that.
  9. Spread the sliced pears over the top of the batter.

  10. In a clean bowl mix together the flour, sugar and cinnamon for the streusel topping. Add in the melted butter and mix everything together with a fork until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  11. Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the cake and the pears, making sure to spread it at evenly as possible and into all the corners.

  12. Bake the cake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 47-50 minutes. When it's finished baking the topping will be slightly browned on top and when you insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake it will come out clean.

  13. Try to let the cake cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it...if you can wait that long!

Recipe Notes

This cake is best the day it's made, but it stores well at room temperature for up to 2 days in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts
Pear Streusel Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 107mg 4%
Potassium 202mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 28g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 7.5%
Iron 8.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.