Spiced Pear Cake with Nutella Icing


A few weeks ago, my coworker posted a delicious looking Ferrero Rocher cake on my Facebook wall as a …subtle suggestion. Fortunately for them, I love suggestions! I liked the idea of the Ferrero and Nutella themed cake, but didn’t want a fully hazelnut cake. I poked around and found this delightful looking pear hazelnut cake from Style Sweet CA. I had grand intentions of decorating it with Ferrero chocolates, but as I started decorating I decided that simpler looked better. My poor coworkers will just have to unwrap the chocolates themselves to eat along with the cake. How tragic. 




  • 1.5 cups (~330 g) Bosc pears – ~3 pears*
  • 165 g (1.5 cups) pastry flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 225 g (2 cups + 2 tbsp.) granulated sugar
  • 111 g (½ cup) vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp. vanilla


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease two 6″ cake pans with shortening and line with parchment paper. *
  2. Peel and grate the pears, and leave in a colander to drain. Use a paper towel to soak out some moisture
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and sugar. 
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together oil, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. 
  5. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
  6. Take another paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible from the grated pears, and fold into the batter. 
  7. Split evenly between pans, and bake for 25 – 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out dry. Rotate pans at 20 minutes. 
  8. Let the cakes sit in their pans for 20 minutes, then let cool on a wire rack.
  9. Let cool completely before decorating. 


  1. I weighed the pears right after cutting them, so the 330 g is when they are still water-saturated. 
  2. I inadvertently used 8″ pans, so the cake that you see in pictures is shorter than it should be. 



  • 224 g (1 cup) softened butter, unsalted
  • 135 g Nutella
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk


  1. Cream the butter at medium speed until pale and creamy.
  2. Add in Nutella, salt, and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add in icing sugar and mix together.
  4. Add milk or icing sugar as needed to get desired texture

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