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Apple Pear Spice Cake

Apple Pear Spice Cake -Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake.Apple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChefIf you want to know what a warm autumn afternoon tastes like, then this cake is for you. And if it is a chilly autumn afternoon, this cake is bound to warm  you right up.

Fall is my favorite season and it appears it’s only going to be a few weeks long this year. So sad. But I have come to accept that this is part of living in Northern Utah. But just because the mercury has dropped lower than I’d like, doesn’t mean I have to forsake all the flavors associated with the season.

Based on the amount of desserts I have made in the last 20 months, It’s pretty clear I love all things chocolate (and coffee). But every now and again I have to mix it up and try other flavors outside the chocolate family.

And when I do, Oh My!  It inspires me to actually bake more.

This post is sponsored by Camp Chef.  As part of my on-going relationship with them, I received a 12″ skillet to review, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.Apple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChefThis Apple Pear Spice cake is super simple to make. No electric mixer needed, hand or stand. Frosting cakes is not my forte, and this one requires no such special skills. I felt this would be absolutely perfect to make in my Camp Chef 12″ Cast-iron skillet.

The skillet was the perfect choice. The cake is rustic, the skillet is rustic. The pre-seasoned nature meant I used very little butter when I was preparing the pan to bake the cake, much less then a normal cake pan. I’ve been using the skillet for about a year now and absolutely love it.

I probably use this skillet more than any other item in my kitchen (sans the coffee maker, utensils, and towels). I have made all types of meals, from breakfast skillets, to grilled cheese, to hearty dinners in it. My favorite aspect of the pan, cleaning it. Yes, you read that right, CLEANING IT.Apple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChefI hate dishes. You have no idea how much I hate doing dishes. But when I neglect the pan on the stove for some “emergency” generated by the child or simply because I was neglectful of it on my own accord, cleaning it is utterly simple. I just scrape out the contents as best I can, put some water in the pan, put it on the stove over medium heat, and let it warm up, those stuck on bits pull right off, leaving me to just wipe it out and dry it. I do usually add a bit of olive oil to keep the seasoning in tact.

My skillet is now an integral part of my kitchen. Looking forward to all the delicious things I can still make in it…I wonder how it would handle skillet-frying some buttermilk fried chicken…a current craving.Apple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChefApple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChef

Apple Pear Spice Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Apple Pear Spice Cake -Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick salted butter , plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups applesauce
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped canned pears; well drained
  • Optional:
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • Pint of vanilla bean ice cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Butter the 12" cast iron skillet.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together and sift.
  4. In a large sauce pan, melt the butter.
  5. Remove from heat and slow stir in the sugar, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and eggs.
  6. Gradually add in the flour mixture, taking care to mix well.
  7. Once combine, stir in the raisins and the pears.
  8. Pour in the skillet.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Once the cake is cooked, remove it from the oven and allow to set for 10 minutes, then remove it from the cast iron pan and place it on a cooling rack.
  11. If using powdered sugar, sprinkle the top of the cake.
  12. Slice into wedges and serve with the optional vanilla bean ice cream.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine.


Apple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChefApple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChefApple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChefApple Pear Spice Cake ~Warm spices, raisins, applesauce, and diced pears make a delicious autumn cake ~ The Complete Savorist #CampChef

 

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Betty
    November 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    This cake looks wonderful. This is right up my alley, quick, easy and looks so good. Thank ypu Michelle.

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    Beth
    November 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I feel like I can smell this cake.. mmmmmm 🙂

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    Kristyn
    November 16, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    The combination of these flavors sound amazing! Looks like a beautiful fall cake! 🙂

  • Reply
    Becca from It's Yummi!
    November 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    This cake looks so moist, and I love how simple and accessible the ingredients are!

  • Reply
    Sheena @Tea and Biscuits
    November 16, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    What a great looking cake, I bet it would be perfect for breakfast with a nice cup of tea!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    November 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    It’s autumn in cake form – love all of the spices included!

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    Alejandra
    November 16, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    This cake is just gorgeous! I love how golden and moist it looks. Amazing.

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    Elizabeth
    November 17, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Beautiful!! Simply beautiful, and perfect for this cold dreary weather!

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    Christie
    November 17, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Love the addition of pear to a spice cake.

  • Reply
    Kaitie
    November 17, 2015 at 7:21 am

    This looks absolutely amazing! Olive that you added pear! I find it always gives a really nice and mellow flavour especially against the spices in here 🙂

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    linda spiker
    November 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Really lovely! I love the idea of it being baked right in the pan!

  • Reply
    Sandi (@sandigtweets)
    November 17, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I would gush over that pan as well…I couldn’t do without my cast iron skillet. Oh, and that yummy dessert too.

  • Reply
    Jenny | Honey and Birch
    November 17, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Apples and pear and cake are all supposed to be together, all of the time. This cake proves it.

  • Reply
    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
    November 17, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Perfect fall flavors! Love that this was baked in cast iron, too 🙂

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    Julie @ Texan New Yorker
    November 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Great tip for cleaning the cast iron skillet! I sprinkle the tough spots with kosher salt and then scrub with a folded paper towel. I will have to try your trick too though. Oh, and the cake looks fabulous, of course! 🙂

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    Laura @MotherWouldKnow
    November 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    What a fabulous use for a cast iron pan! I love cornbread and rolls made in cast iron, but this one is so much more elegant. Will definitely have to try this or a variation.

  • Reply
    Carisa Smith
    November 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    That pan looks incredible! I want one!!

  • Reply
    Maris (In Good Taste)
    November 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Always looking for fun new ways to use my cast iron! this sounds delicious

  • Reply
    Emily
    November 17, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    wow! that looks SO SO amazing! I love the flavor combinations!

  • Reply
    Cookin Canuck
    November 18, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Spice cake has always been a favorite around here, and I love the mix of both apples and pears!

  • Reply
    christine
    November 18, 2015 at 5:07 am

    OMG, I bet the house smells amazing while this is cooking!

  • Reply
    Melanie
    November 18, 2015 at 8:59 am

    This sounds great! It’s a combination of my favorite flavors!

  • Reply
    Regina
    November 19, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I LOVE skillet cakes. And anything spice and apples is more than welcome this time of year 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole
    November 19, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Looks so easy to bake! Perfect Thanksgiving treat.

  • Reply
    Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    November 19, 2015 at 11:36 am

    This spice cake looks so good, love the Fall flavors!

  • Reply
    Danita Carr
    November 19, 2015 at 11:42 am

    This looks amazing! Perfect for this fall! 🙂

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    November 19, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    This looks delicious.

  • Reply
    jamie
    November 20, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Looks so good!

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    The Food Hunter
    November 20, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I want a big slice of this right now.

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    Healing Tomato
    November 22, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    This looks very delicious and very creative.

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    Debra
    November 23, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    This looks amazing! My kind of flavors!

  • Reply
    rocky
    November 25, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Looks so yummy! thanks for sharing

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