The Chocolate pear cake is an original German cake and is very easy to bake. If you don’t have the packaged vanilla sugar you can make it yourself – See Recipe below OR click here. The recipe is also using egg liquor which you can get in some special liquor stores. The alternative would be the Pennsylvania Dutch egg nogg. Or make the liqueur from scratch – Here’s the recipe: How to Make Egg Liqueur. Happy Baking!
600 g ripe pears
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp powdered sugar or maple syrup
100 g chocolate semi sweet
160 g butter (room temperature)
3 eggs (medium size)
110 g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar Dr Oetker, 0.3oz – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
15 g unsweetened cocoa
240 g flour
0.5oz baking powder (not baking soda) pref. from Dr Oetker
80 ml heavy cream or milk
70 ml egg liqueur (optional) – How to Make Egg Liqueur –
3 tbsp apricot jam
– Peel pears, cut in quarters, remove cores. Then cut the quarters again.
– Mix lemon juice with powdered sugar or maple syrup and pour over pears.
– Let pears sit for 30 min, have them covered and placed in the fridge.
– Chop chocolate coarse and with double boiler method melt it on low heat. Let cool off a bit.
– Mix soft butter with sugar and vanilla sugar until you get a cream.
– Add one egg after the other, mix well.
– Add warm chocolate (it should not be hot!). Mix until you get a thickened cream.
– Mix flour with baking powder and cocoa, sieve it, add alternating with heavy cream/milk and egg liqueur to the chocolate cream by using a wooden spoon.
– Grease a spring form (26cm) and layer it with parchment paper. Press the paper against the edges of the spring from. It will stick as the form is greasy.
– Pour dough into spring form and spread even.
– Place the pears in the dough.
– Bake in pre-heated oven for about 50 min (convection) on 160 C or 320 F (time can vary depending on the oven; do the test by poking the cake with a tooth pic or skewer to find out if it is done. It is done when no dough is sticking on the skewer).
– Warm jam on medium heat and when the cake is done, spread over hot cake.
– Let cake cool off in the form, then release and place on a plate.
– Serve the cake with whipped cream and sprinkle with a hint of cinnamon.