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Pear Spiced Bundt Cake

You can taste fall in this beautiful bundt cake, filled with fresh pears and spices.
By Deborah Harroun

I love the flavors of fall. The apples, the pears, the pumpkin. And I especially love the sweet spices that usually accompany these flavors in fall baking. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves – I go through tons of them when fall baking season starts. 

I’ve never been a huge pear fan – just eating them plain. I really disliked them as a child, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve at least learned to appreciate them. I think it’s a texture thing. But once you stick them into something else? I’m all game! Like this bundt cake. I love the pear flavors, and the caramel icing just puts the whole thing over the edge. This has seriously been one of my very favorite cakes!! 

You need fresh pears, vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. For the icing, you’ll need butter, brown sugar, salt, and powdered sugar.

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Start off by peeling and dicing 2 of the pears.

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Stick them into a food processor or blender and process until they are smooth. Measure out 1/2 cup of the puree. You may have more than this, depending on the size of your pears. If you have more, reserve it for another use.

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In a mixer, combine the vegetable oil and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.

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In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.

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Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Peel and chop the remaining pears and fold them into the batter.

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Pour the mixture into a bundt pan that has been greased and floured. Bake the cake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake completely.

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Once the cake is cooled, make the icing. In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, salt and cream over medium heat. Cook until it starts to boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat to cool for 5-10 minutes. Whisk in the powdered sugar.

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Pour the icing over the cake. It will start to set up pretty quickly, so you want to add it all at the same time and fairly quickly.

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This is an easy cake that also looks – and tastes! – impressive!

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