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Pear Cake with Olive Oil

This pear cake, a close cousin to a traditional Rosh Hashanah apple cake, is simple to make but will wow your guests with its unique twists and flavor profile. Sure to become a fall favorite!
4.54 from 15 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine Jewish Holiday Baking
Servings 10
Calories 260 kcal


  • 2 cups flour 1 cup All Purpose, 1 cup White Whole Wheat (2 cups AP ok too)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup olive oil no need to use your best finishing oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1.3 pounds Bartlett pears about 3 medium sized or 2 large, peeled (chop one pear for batter - about 1 cup, the balance sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon candied ginger chopped
  • ½ lemon for squeezing on pears after chopping/slicing


  • 1 tablespoon course sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prep your 9" round cake pan (springform if possible) with non-stick spray and a dusting of flour. Add a piece of parchment on the bottom if you have any concern that it might stick.
  • Measure your dry ingredients and combine them in a small bowl.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs and sugars together.
  • Then whisk in the olive oil and vanilla into the egg/sugar mixture.
  • Add the diced pears, crystallized ginger and dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine.
  • Pour the batter into your cake pan. Now decorate the top with the sliced pears and a sprinkling of the coarse sugar and cinnamon if you like.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 55 – 60 minutes – top should be golden brown and a cake tester should come out clean
  • Cool and serve with fresh whipped cream. Or wrap well and freeze for later use.


Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 147mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 3gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 112IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
Keyword olive oil cake, Pear cake, Rosh Hashanah
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