Chocolate pear cake

Ingredients – serves 8

For the cake:

  • 2 pears
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g butter
  • 125g sugar
  • 100 g flour
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 25 g unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting
  • 50 ml double cream

For the chocolate buttercream:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 100 g sugar
  • 135 g butter, cut into cubes
  • 100 g dark chocolate

Method

Make the cake:

  • Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  • Line 2 small springform tins with baking parchment.
  • Cream the butter with the sugar, then mix in the eggs.
  • Sift the flour and cocoa over the mixture and whisk in until well combined.
  • Add the cream and ground almonds and fold together.
  • Divide the mixture between the 2 prepared tins, then carefully put a pear in each tin and press down until almost covered.
  • Bake the cakes for 45 minutes. Take out of the oven and leave to cool.

Make the chocolate buttercream:

  • Put the egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl, simmer over a pot of water and whisk constantly but gently until the temperature reaches 60°C (if you don’t have a thermometer: until the sugar has completely dissolved and the egg whites are warm), then remove from the heat.
  • Whip the warmed egg withes for 10 minutes with the whisk attachment of the mixer, until the meringue is thick, glossy and cooled down.
  • Switch over to paddle attachment and mix in the butter cubes, one at a time. Keep mixing until the buttercream has reached a silky smooth texture.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, add to the buttercream and beat until incorporated.

Assemble the cake:

  • Cut the cooled cakes in half and core the pears.
  • Spread a thick layer of the chocolate buttercream on the bottom half of the cake, put the top layer back on and sandwich together.
  • Dust with cocoa powder.

3 thoughts on “Chocolate pear cake

  1. Beautiful photos and that cake is sure to be absolutely amazing. 🙂 BTW, I just discovered your blog and absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing such awesome recipes – I can’t wait to try them out!

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