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Pear, Chocolate & Cardamom Cake

Adapted from The Ethicurean Cookbook: Recipes, Foods and Spirituous Liquors, from our Bounteous Walled Garden in the Several Seasons of the year
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword Cardamom Cake, Chocolate Cake recipe, Pear, Chocolate & Cardamom Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 542kcal
Author Jennifer Schmidt


  • 315 g salted butter at room temperature, 11 oz
  • 315 g brown sugar 1 1/2 cups
  • 5 eggs lightly beaten
  • 315 g ground almonds 11 oz
  • 50 g gluten free flour or plain flour 1/2 cup
  • 1 tbsp ground cardamom
  • 2 ripe pears peeled and sliced (or chopped if you prefer)
  • 100 g dark chocolate roughly chopped, 3 1/2 oz, 70% cocoa
  • caster sugar for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 160 celsius (320 Fahrenheit) and line the base and sides of a 23cm springform cake tin with baking paper.
  • Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy. Switch the mixer to low and gradually add the beaten eggs followed by the ground almonds, flour and cardamom. Mix until combined.
  • Place half the cake mixture into the prepared tin and cover with half the pear and chopped chocolate. Cover with the remaining cake mixture and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the cake and push the remaining pieces of chocolate into the top of the cake and top with the remaining pear in whatever pattern you prefer. Sprinkle the pear with caster sugar and return to the oven to bake for a further 40 minutes, or until the cake is cooked and the centre of the cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove the cake from the tin and cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve at room temperature or slightly warm with a dollop of cream.


Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2.8mg