Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake

I don’t care if it’s been 90+ plus degrees here in Southern California, I’m going to force that Fall feeling. Or at least I tried to with this Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake.

Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake

But somehow firing up an oven while while wearing a tank top and wiping away beads of sweat was a complete Fall-baking buzz kill.

Although it kinda started with the rotten pear; see below. Sucky. From there I had to walk back up to the store to get some more. That was a mistake. Hot, hot, hot—like the kinda hot that makes you mad you didn’t drive and realize, screw the few minuscule calories burned walking there, so you pick up a Frappuccino for the walk home to cool down.

Now mad, agitated and sweaty, there’s hell to pay from the baby, whose screaming from the blazing sun on his tiny little toes, you know when the awning on the stroller doesn’t quite reach far enough. Let’s chalk that one up to poor design rather than poor decision making from mom.

The buzz kill at this point is cutting deep.

Pear Cake Prep

But forever stubborn, I wouldn’t let this cake beat me. Nope. Onward and upward.

Re-measure, re-sift—mise en place. Let’s do this. And I do. I skip the peeling and the poaching out of laziness.

The end result, not too much different as when I made this previously, where I took the extra 20-25 minutes to peel and poach. But keep in mind I used very ripe pears, so peeling them wasn’t necessary because once baked, the skin is very soft like the body itself.

And that, friends, is the story of this cake and why it is a one picture post. I couldn’t muster up any more love for it by the time I finished.

#lazybaker #badphotographer—Yup, I’m hashtagging within the body of my post. #rulebreaker #dontcare #hashtagoverboard

For instructions on how to make this, hit the jump over to Better Homes and Gardens’s blog Delish Dish.

Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake Prep via Bakers Royale 210x260

this recipe

Chocolate Pear Loaf Cake

Recipe adapted from here

Yield: 10 servings


  • 3 8 ounces Bartlett pears, halved
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, melted
Finely shredded orange peel (optional)


For the remainder of the recipe, click here. 



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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonNicola Miller Editor of The Millers Tale says

    This is a wonderful variation on the chocolate pudding/cake with a melted chocolate centre. I love the softness and graininess of pear. This really is one for me and I might add a few slices of preserved stem ginger too.

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonEmilie@TheCleverCarrot says

    Girl… how did you manage to pull off pear & chocolate without one single smudge? It’s perfection! My loaf would’ve looked like bread pudding 😉 Have a beautiful weekend it that gorgeous CA weather!

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonThe Blonde Chef says

    I have to say I know that feeling. But this looks incredible! Definitely worth the pain, sweat, and tears for such a stunning cake!

  4. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonMedha @ Whisk & Shout says

    This is beyond gorgeous! How on earth does your brilliant mind come up with this stuff?! :)

  5. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonNora @ Savory Nothings says

    So pretty, I love whole pears inside cakes! And wow, that was some commitment to get this cake together – totally justifies this being a one (beautiful) picture post!

  6. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonPhi @ The Sweetphi Blog says

    I absolutely love pears but don’t bake with them nearly enough…but in this chocolate loaf cake? Um, yes please, going to be making this right away!

  7. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonAmy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says

    One picture is all we need to know that this is going to be delicious! We are definitely well into a warm spring here in the southern hemisphere, but I am sure that this will be just as welcome!