If You Like Pears, You Will Love This Pear Pudding Cake Recipe

The first time I had this cake many years ago, it quickly became a favorite. For me, anyway:) My husband likes it, but he prefers pies and cobblers. But Pears just happens to be one of my favorite fruits.  And when you combine it into a cake, well shoot, that’s a win-win in my book. This pear pudding cake recipe is so so good that I wanted to share it with you.

Pear pudding cake recipe


Any kind of pear will work in this recipe.  I used fresh Bosc pears because they just happened to be the ones more on the ripe side in the store, and I wanted to make this cake the next day. I didn’t want to wait for them to ripen:) I am not a very patient person.

Of course, you could use drained canned pears, but I like to use fresh because I want to actually bite into the pear.  In my opinion, using canned pears, after baking them in the cake, makes the pears just a little mushy. 


Where does the pudding come in?  That’s a good question.  Because it really isn’t a pudding but more like a cake.  After you make the batter, you make a syrup made from water, butter, and brown sugar and pour this over the batter before baking.  This syrup thickens as it bakes therefore making its own sauce.  So Yummy!


I use real butter. No margarine in this house. But you could substitute margarine for the butter. But in my opinion, butter makes all things better:)

Pear pudding cake recipe

Pear Pudding Cake

If You Like Pears Then You Are Going To Love This Pear Pudding Cake that Makes Its Own Sauce. So Yummy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • small pinch ground cloves
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped pears
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup boiling water


  • Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and cloves
  • Add milk and beat until smooth
  • Stir in pears and nuts
  • Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole dish or 8×8 in square baking dish
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, melted butter and boiling water
  • Pour evenly over the batter
  • Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes
  • Enjoy!

Final Thoughts

If you like pears and cake, you will love this pear pudding cake recipe. Any kind of pear will work. I use real butter, but margarine will work as well. The sauce is really sweet, so you might want to reduce the brown sugar to 1/2 cup instead of 3/4 cup. That is entirely up to you. After all, it is your cake. But I like sweet!!

Please leave me a comment below with your thoughts. I love hearing from you!

And As Always

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