For the best presentation, cut in front of the stem: Walnut Pear Cake

When it comes to cake deco, there are silver balls, glitter, and every color of icing imaginable. Not to mention all kinds of non-edible items like flowers and paper streamers. But for this cake, you won't need any of that, and that's because the decoration is inside the cake...  

You will need:

  • 4 small pears
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ready made caramel sauce
  • parchment paper
  • powdered sugar (for garnish)

Here's how:

  1. Peel all 4 pears (leaving the stems intact on 3) and place these 3 in a saucepan with water and 1 cup of sugar. Simmer lightly for 20 minutes. Remove pears from the water and set them aside. 
  2. Divide the eggs and beat the whites with 1/3 cup of sugar in a large bowl with a handheld mixer until they are stiff.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and the egg yolks until the mixture is smooth. Add chopped walnuts, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Grate the uncooked pear into the batter. Mix again.
  4. Fold in the beaten egg whites, stir all the ingredients together with a spatula and pour the batter into a bread pan lined with parchment paper. Add the 3 cooked pears in the center of the form with a bit of distance between the pears. Drizzle 1 tsp caramel sauce around each pear. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.

Garnish with a generous layer of powdered sugar and a few halved walnuts. For presentation, slice just in front of the pear stem. Now pause for the oohs and ahhs. Enjoy!

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