It’s time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors, and turn on the oven, and fill the house with delicious aromas of Honey Pear Cake!

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We hosted a cozy dinner party last Sunday evening and I served this yummy Honey Pear Cake recipe. Taking a quick trip up the street to support our local farmers, I bought a box of Bartlett Pears.

Suddenly the cooler evenings are here, and there is no turning back. I can’t believe how quickly the leaves are changing already, as I’m quickly preparing myself for chilly mornings.

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But, I am looking forward to a few more cozy Sunday night dinner parties, where we may turn the heater on, but we definitely snuggle up with jackets and maybe a few blankets!

Easy to make gluten-free.

This recipe today, using Bartlett pears, is an old recipe that has been sitting around in my recipe box for years. It’s been on my must-make recipe menu list, and for our gluten-free guest, I used gluten-free flour. It turned out a little gooier, but very tasty. Next time I’ll make it with regular flour, the way I remember eating it in past years.

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Don’t peel the pears.

Cozy flavors, such as honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and then sweet Bartlett pears? Pears are so sweet and succulent when ripe, and they have such a refreshing flavor … Oh, and did I mention, this recipe is quick and easy because you don’t have to peel the pears!?

Honey Pear Cake |

Honey Pear Cake.

Chop the sweet, juicy pears, add to the batter, and get the cake in the oven! One hour later it’s ready to serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Perfect to be served and eaten as your last course for a cozy dinner party, or even devoured privately, in the comfort of home, I think this cake is a highlight for any fall menu!

What’s your favorite way to bake with pears?

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Honey Pear Cake

Using sweet, juicy Bartlett pears, this cake is delicious served with whipped cream or Vanilla ice cream. You can even drizzle honey on top! I’ve made this with gluten-free flour–excellent!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 pears, diced in 1/2 inch cubes


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a 9×12 baking pan or 10-inch round cake pan by coating with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Add the eggs, honey, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Gently stir in the diced pears. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes (depending on the size of the pan you use), or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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