• That looks too luscious to resist!

    • It really is, in fact because of a big lunch yesterday it was the only thing I had for dinner!

  • this looks divine. u even caramelised those pear sliced! i bet the sweetness of the pear must have given the cake so much flavour.

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  • This looks wonderful. I have been looking at recipes for caramelised pear and almond tart and meaning to make it for some time. You have just given me the inspiration.

    • Happy that I gave you inspiration Corry! Really hope you give it a try – as it is wonderful. I am planning to make 2 for my dinner party this weekend!

  • Caramelized pears + almonds sound like a match made in heaven! I’ve never made any of Hugh’s recipes, although I’ve bookmarked a few. I think I need to remedy that soon!!

  • Fredo

    This is a typical frangipane recipe. You can use any fruit that has a fruitstone in it for variety.

  • Daisy

    This looks so yummy! Do you know if it will freeze well?

    • Daisy – I don’t know, I don’t have a big enough freezer to store cakes in (so I just have to eat them all quickly). In my opinion this cakes tastes much better straight out of the oven than it does on the second day, so maybe freezing wouldn’t be the best idea…

      If you do try it frozen let me know how it goes!

  • Daisy

    Thanks for a prompt reply, I have a glut of pears from my tree so am finding different ways of using them, and ways of trying to save some of the goodies for later. I will probably try freezing one and let you know what happens.

    • Well please do let me know how it works out for you! Lucky you to have so many pears, I’m very jealous!

  • mac

    Hi Lauren,

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I & my 11 year old daughter made this and it was fantastic! Sooo delicious! crunchy on the outside and soft and yummy on the inside. The family loved it. It has become ‘The pudding cake’ in our household. The best thing is that its so easy. Love it. I serve it with custard or next time I make it I will serve it with mascarpone. 🙂

    • Hi Mac, I am glad you and your daughter liked it. This recipe is probably my favourite cake recipe – it goes down well at dinner parties! I haven’t tried it with custard but that sounds delicious. and I am always a fan of mascarpone 🙂

  • jon wright

    Just made this wonderful cake and it’s turned out beautifully. Great recipe, thank you.

  • Magdelina

    I love this tasty recipe thank you for posting it 🙂 YUM…it makes me dribble when I think about it:) quite tender and fluffy my kid Nic adored it 😛

  • giac0m0

    Thanks for the post, it makes me want to try this even in the extreme heat! Your link to Hugh’s pear cake needs an update to:


  • Ushi

    Wow, really enjoyed this lovely cake, went down well with everyone and turned out great first time. Thank-you for sharing the tasty joy!

  • Great Stuff

    Mmmm, couldn’t wait for after dinner to try this lovely Pear cake and it’s delicious. I didn’t have any ground almonds so I sprinkled about 3 tbspns of dessicated coconut in at the end and it works really well. Will try with ground almonds next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Moi Moi

    Tried this recipe in November and again now in February 2012. Turned out brilliantly both times (I doubled the quantities for the cake in November as I was using a bigger tin!) and 2nd time did it in a small loaf tin that also worked well – I just buttered the tin well and it slipped out. I did it without any cinnamon both times as I prefer it without. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • thanks Moi, glad you liked it!

  • I’m pregnant and, trying to be healthy, I just bought some pears yesterday. Now I’ve found your recipe and it’s too tempting to resist! Might try it out tonight. Thanks. 🙂

  • John Mather

    Just found your recipe, and am another person with a glut of pears. Everyone’s comments along with your photos make me think that tomorrow is going to be fun.

    • Hi John, It’s a great recipe – remember to eat it warm thats when it’s best 🙂