Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake

Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake

I’m a huge fan of quick and easy cakes that use the best, seasonal produce. One of said cakes, my Easy Rhubarb Cake is one of the most popular recipes on the blog! I have a feeling this Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake might soon follow suit!

This cake is one of the uncomplicated ones, ready for the oven in about 10 minutes and you don’t even need a mixer. To prepare the batter I’ve used the same method as for most of my muffin recipes. All you need is two bowls – one for dry and one for wet ingredients, combine two together gently without overmixing and you are well on your way.

The combination of fresh, juicy, seasonal pears and fresh, spicy ginger is absolutely divine! Add to it my favourite spice of all time – cinnamon and you are in heaven! I have seen recipes for pear and ginger cakes before but it wasn’t until I got some pears in my weekly fruit and veg box couple of weeks ago that I actually thought about making one myself! I’m so glad I did!

Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake

Quick word about ingredients!

The pears I used were still quite firm and as they were on the small side, I have only quartered them. If your pears are bigger you might want to get couple of slices per each quarter, it’s entirely up to you. Personally, I do prefer thicker, chunkier slices here.

I decided to go for grated fresh ginger instead of the ground variety for that fresher and spicier flavour! It worked a treat! I thought that two teaspoons of fresh ginger will make for quite a spicy cake but it wasn’t the case. All you get with that amount is gentle warmth and flavour of ginger so if you want some serious spice you might want to up the quantity to 3 teaspoons or alternatively add some ground ginger spice too. I think grated or really finely chopped stem ginger would work really well too!

I would really encourage you to try this super easy cake for yourself and with the abundance of seasonal pears around,  there really isn’t any reason not to! It is perfect on its own (well nice cuppa wouldn’t go amiss) but if you’re after more elaborate dessert, simply add a scoop or two of good vanilla ice cream!

For some more seasonal, fruity bakes try this Best Buttery Apple Pie with a Twist  – classic but with extra dimension of flavour added to it! Or how about this Italian Plum & Almond Cake with Amaretti Crunch? If you love using ground almonds in combination with seasonal fruit – this one is for you! These Healthier Date and Banana Flapjacks would make perfect addition to any lunch box or as an after school snack too! Last but not least, try this Easy No Bake Stem Ginger Cheesecake – gently spicy and so wonderfully creamy, it’s a dream!

5 from 6 votes
Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake
Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Easy Pear and Fresh Ginger Cake is quick to make, light & beautifully moist. Combination of sweet, sticky pears and hint of spice from fresh ginger is divine! Perfect on its own with a cuppa or with some ice cream for more elaborate dessert!

Course: Afternoon Tea, Cake, Dessert, Treat
Cuisine: British, International
Keyword: fresh ginger, pear cake
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 403 kcal
Author: Jo Allison
  • 180 g (1 1/4 cup) plain flour or white spelt flour or mixture of both
  • 95 ml (1/3 cup) full fat plain yogurt
  • 95 ml (1/3 cup) rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger or more for extra spice
  • 130 g (2/3 cup) light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 small pears (approx 400g) cored, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Tbsp Demerara sugar to sprinkle over the top
Non-stick 20cm/8inches cake or springform tin (bottom lined with baking paper)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.

  2. Put flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl and mix gently with a whisk. Alternatively, sieve all the dry ingredients with the exception of sugar onto a large bowl, add sugar and give your dry ingredients a quick mix to incorporate sugar. 

  3. In another bowl mix together yogurt, oil, eggs and freshly grated ginger.

  4. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients mixture. Fold in gently until fully incorporated but don't overmix. Pour in your batter onto prepared cake tin.

  5. Arrange sliced pears gently on top of the cake batter, pushing them in ever so slightly. Sprinkle over some Demerara sugar and bake in the preheated oven for approx 40 min or until skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. 

  6. Take your cake out of the oven and let it cool slightly in the tin before taking it out onto the rolling rack. Serve as is or with some vanilla ice cream! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Calories are approximate and per 1 slice of cake. 
  • You could substitute freshly grated ginger with the same amount of grated or really finely chopped stem ginger.
  • For more of a spice kick feel free to increase the amount of ginger to 3 tsp or add a teaspoon of ground ginger to your dry ingredients. 
  • Feel free to keep pear slices as thin or as chunky as you like. My pears were rather small and quartering them gave me small yet chunkier slices which worked really nice with a lovely fruit bite in each slice of the cake.

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Easy Pear & Fresh Ginger Cake is quick to make, light & beautifully moist. Combination of sweet, sticky pears and hint of spice from fresh ginger is divine! Perfect on its own with a cuppa or with some ice cream for more elaborate dessert! #pears #ginger #falldesserts #cakes #easybaking
November 6, 2018
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  • Reply Corina Blum

    This cake looks delicious Jo! I think it would be fantastic served warm as a dessert too. I’m craving some now in fact! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

    November 7, 2018 at 10:01 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Corina! I was so happy with how it turned out! In fact, I have got some more pears coming in this week’s fruit and veg box so I can make it again! 🙂

      November 7, 2018 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply mimi rippee

    Pear and ginger are such a wonderful combination. And the cake is obviously moist, which I love. Wondering if crystallized ginger bits would add something as well?

    November 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Mimi! I would say you can add stem or crystallised ginger instead of or together with fresh root ginger for that extra kick. Both stem and crystallised ginger will add some texture and sweetness too. I think that would be the main difference and I think it would work quite nice. I went for simplicity with this one but might go for some chopped stem ginger when I bake it next time.

      November 7, 2018 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Jacqui Bellefontaine

    I love the combination of Pear and ginger in a cake and this one looks delicious I could eat a slice now . Warm with icecream would be good.

    November 7, 2018 at 2:49 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Jacqui! They do work so well together and yes I wish I had some left for little mid week dessert too! 🙂

      November 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Choclette

    Oh my, that does look good Jo. I can attest pear and ginger work wonderfully well together. Love these sort of bakes and yours looks totally scrumptious. #CookBlogShare
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    November 7, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Choclette! I saw so many cake recipes before with pears and ginger and thought they sounded really good but it took me a while to give it a go myself! I really don’t know what I was waiting for! lol

      November 7, 2018 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Anca

    Your cake has a lovely texture and some really delicious sounding flavours. Delish!
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    November 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Anca! It was devoured in a day and I’ve got request for more as soon as fruit and veg delivery box lands on our doorstep with some more pears! 🙂

      November 7, 2018 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    this looks perfect Jo. I too love an easy cake that incorporates fruit and spice and looks so tempting too. I wouldn’t mind trying a slice……or two!
    Thank you for linking to #BakeoftheWeek x

    November 7, 2018 at 9:41 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Jenny! 🙂 I am a little bit in love with this cake at the moment lol x

      November 9, 2018 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Anna@onceuponafoodblog.com

    I love rustic autumn cakes like this and the addition of fresh ginger sounds gorgeous. I think I’ll have mine warm with custard!

    November 8, 2018 at 2:15 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Aww thank you Anna! 🙂 Warm slice with some custard sounds just the ticket! 🙂

      November 9, 2018 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Jenny walters

    Goodness this looks incredible. Warm fruited cakes with cream is perhaps my favourite dessert of all time. So I’m off to pin this beaut xx
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    November 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Jenny 🙂 Mmm, cream is definitely another delicious serving option. 🙂 xx

      November 13, 2018 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Mayuri Patel

    my mouth is literally watering looking at the so delicious, soft fruity cake. With ginger flavor, its just the right kind of dessert for a cold evening. Would love it with some hot custard.

    November 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Mayuri! 🙂 It is a perfect cold weather cake and some hot custard would definitely work a treat. 🙂

      November 13, 2018 at 7:47 pm

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