Chocolate Pear Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
Chocolate Pear Cake ~ Rich and decadent chocolate cake with 4 pears baked whole inside, one fancy and tasty dessert for any occasion.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups of sugar , plus 1/4 cup for dusting the rim
  • 4 eggs (egg whites and egg yolks separated and room temperature)
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 Tbs of baking powder
  • 1 tsp of instant coffee
  • 2/3 cups of chocolate milk powder
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 4 green anjou pears (peeled)
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar (to coat the top) +/- to desired coating

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.
  3. Add the egg yolks, one by one, mixing well between additions.
  4. Add the flour and then the cornstarch slowly; the duo will become dense and heavy.
  5. Add the milk slowly to soften the dough and finally mix the chocolate milk powder, cocoa powder and baking powder, set aside.
  6. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, place in the bowl with the chocolate mix and fold it gently until a batter forms.
  7. Place in a cake ring mold that's has been coated with butter and sugar.
  8. Slowly push the peeled pears into the batter until they reach the bottom, equal distance from each other, away from the center, near the rim.
  9. Place it in the oven and bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick pressed into the center of the cake comes mostly clean.
  10. Allow it to cool completely, remove ring, coat it with powdered sugar.