Spiced Pear Sour Cream Bundt Cake

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 4, 2011

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I don’t know about you, but when I get to the end of a big feast, the last thing I want to show up on my dessert plate is a super rich concoction that’s going to send my stomach into cardiac arrest.  Or rather gastronomic arrest.

I want light. I want tasty. I want fluffy. I want this Spiced Pear Sour Cream Bundt Cake.

Because it is all those things.

I want fluff-ilicous.

(I do believe I just made up a new word.  I’ll be emailing the folks at Webster shortly.  Because this word definitely deserves to be in the dictionary!)

This Easter dessert is perfectly sweet, perfectly spiced, and perfectly balanced.  I love the combination of the pears and the spices.  I love the moistness and fluffiness that comes from the Breakstone’s Sour Cream. And I love the way that my husband’s face lit up when he took the first bite.

It’s perfect for your Easter table.

And speaking of Easter tables…don’t forget, Breakstone’s is hosting a big sweeps on Better Homes and Gardens where one lucky winner will win $2,500 to create the holiday table of their dreams! Go enter now!

Now it’s your turn to try some of this fluff-ilicious-ness!

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Spiced Pear Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 pears, peeled, cored and cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup of Breakstone’s Sour Cream
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the brown sugar and water and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add the cut pear pieces and return to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and let bubble for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Strain off the excess water and then mash the pears with a potato masher or fork.
  6. Let cool while you prepare the batter.
  7. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, applesauce, sugar and vanilla.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the side of the bowl each time.
  8. In another mixing bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.  Add it to the wet ingredients and beat until the batter forms.
  9. Beat the sour cream into the batter on low, and then fold in the cooked (and cooled) pears.
  10. Pour into the greased and floured Bundt pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake.
  11. Let cool for about 10 minutes before flipping onto the serving plate or cake plate.
  12. Dust the top with powdered sugar and serve.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Breakstone’s Sour Cream.  All ideas, thoughts, experiences, photos are my own.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan April 4, 2011 at 10:19 am

looks delicious! i can’t wait to try it!!!

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LisaE April 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

I am definitly going to try this cake-it looks so great! I am always looking for a new cake to try.

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Carina April 18, 2011 at 3:06 am

Could I use canned pears and skip the cooking step? Just mash and add?

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Ibidun June 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Delicious…made this for Father’s Day yesterday. It is almost gone today on Monday. Since we have the ingredients and I wante to add a little something , I did a cream cheese glaze instead of the powdered sugar (this probably would change the cost buying outright though)….This is super moist, but not too heavy cake. I also did not have cake flour so I used all purpose flour (read that if you minus 2 tablespoons per 2 cups, that this gives this is comparable to using cake flour and it turned out fine).

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