Pear Rye And Spice Cake

by | May 11, 2013 | 23 comments

Pear Rye And Spice Cake - Cook Republic


Every year I proclaim that autumn is my favourite season and winter a close second. Autumn and I are kindred spirits. Golden leaves, red hair, bear hugs, foggy breath, a rust scarf, soft sun, a fallen carpet, snug boots, steaming cups, baked fruit, a warm kiss, a smattering of sugar, a hint of spice. An extension of each other, like sisters that mimic each other in every walk of life and thrive together. Yes, autumn is a woman. Didn't you know?


Pear Rye And Spice Cake - Cook Republic 


When my sister nature comes visiting, I love to bake. There are many joys in life and one of them is a slow Sunday morning wrapped tight in your dressing gown, sitting out in the morning chill caressed by a soft glow holding a steaming mug like a treasure found. A slice of something baked at your side. With fruit and spices and wholesome ingredients that nourish your insides and spoil you a bit. Like this warm Pear Spice Cake.


Beaurré Bosc Pears - Cook Republic


This simple cake is a gorgeous mix of nuts, nut meal, rye, fruit and spices making it one of the most delicious cakes I have ever eaten. It indulges with butter and satisfies with the harmony of flavours. A cake that is put together and baked in under an hour using the season's prize bounty - Beurré Bosc Pears. 


Beaurré Bosc Pears - Cook Republic 


The Bosc pears were discovered in the early 1800s in Europe. They are also called Kaiser pears in some countries. The aristocrat of pears, Beurré Bosc pears are hard to miss with their thin tapering top and beautiful russeted skin with hues of green and gold. Their flesh is hard and crisp which makes for a lovely baking experience. And they are an artist's dream. I made two of these cakes during the week and they were both polished off within a day (mostly by others!). People mentioned how flavourful it was and how light it felt. I love the dark dense feel the rye gives to this cake, almost like a sweet bread. Try it, you will absolutely love it too! A Mother's Day treat for mum maybe?


Pear Rye And Spice Cake - Cook Republic. Photo & Styling Sneh Roy


Pear Rye And Spice Cake - Cook Republic








A beautiful autumn cake baked with Beaurré Bosc pears, nuts, spices and rye flour for a spectacular treat. An extra smattering of cinnamon is a must!



200g butter, softened
2/3 cup raw sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup rye flour
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup toasted and crushed pecans
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 teapsoon vanilla extract
1 Beaurré Bosc pear, top snipped, very thinly sliced
ground cinnamon for dusting
raw sugar for sprinkling



Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Grease and line an 8 inch round springform pan with baking paper.

Combine butter, sugar and egg in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes until creamy and smooth. Add rye, almond meal, pecan nuts, baking powder, mixed spice and vanilla. Beat for another couple of minutes until well combined and fluffy.

Spoon batter into the prepared cake tin. Arrange pear slices in a circular pattern, fanning out from the center. Sprinkle with some raw sugar and dust the top with cinnamon. Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 50 minutes until cooked through and golden.

Remove from oven. Cool in the tin for about 20 minutes before removing from the tin and serving warm.


My Notes

The pear slices have to be close to paper thin in order to avoid them from sinking in the batter.

You could also make this with regular flour by just replacing it in the same quantity.

Apple can be easily substituted for pear.




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I love creating easy, vibrant, fresh, everyday recipes and taking gorgeous photos of the food I cook. I have been blogging for 15 years and I have also written a book with over 100 new recipes. If you make a recipe from the blog, Tag @cookrepublic on Instagram. I would love to see!


  1. Kristi

    What spices are involved (and in what ratio) for "mixed spice"? in the recipe. (please & thank you)
    >>>2 teaspoons mixed spice<<<

  2. Sol

    Amazing recipe, I chanced a bit some things but turned out great.
    Here’s how I’ve done it

    200g butter
    2/3 brown sugar
    3 eggs
    Beat that up

    Then I added
    1/2 rye flour
    1/2 plain flour
    1/2 whole wheat flour
    2tsp baking powder
    1/2 pecan nuts ( I caramelized them)
    Cinnamon and the spices
    And ofcourse the pear sliced really thing !
    40 min 175C

  3. Puja @

    This cakes looks so good! I love rye and bosc pears. Bet the combination is fantastic! 🙂 Pinning it now!

  4. jas

    I love autumn tea cakes like this, reminds me of my upside down plum cake. Will try this out with gluten free flour and apples me thinks!

  5. ami@naivecookcooks

    Sneh cake looks amazing!

  6. Colette @ JFF!

    This looks like it's going to be my new fav cake!

  7. Lail | With A Spin

    A delicious cake. Nutty and spicy.

  8. Sarah

    I love the taste of rye flour in a ginger-bread spiced cake. Such a good combo!

  9. Vintage Macaroon

    Divine Autumn cake, warm and inviting. Interesting use of rye flour. Sounds like it marries perfectly in this cake.

  10. Maureen

    Your cake looks moist and delicious and probably good for you which would give me just the excuse to have another piece.

  11. Eileen

    The combination of sweet fruit and rye flour sounds like it'll produce such an intriguing cake! I love this idea. 🙂

  12. Rosa

    A delicious looking cake! So smooth, moist and spicy.



  13. Nicola Galloway

    Your photos are so gorgeous, I love taking my time reading your posts and drooling over the photos.

  14. Christie

    Oh I love this and I am definitely an autumn chicky too! Bookmarked for my GF MIL, adore the use of rye flour 🙂

    • Sneh

      Awesome Christie! Remember to replace rye with gluten-free flour for the GF version 🙂 Cheers!

  15. Jane

    I second Elizabeth Mars' comment- rye is most definitely not gluten free!! The recipe as written is not safe for either Celiacs or gluten intolerants. (rye, wheat, spelt, triticale, barley, oats are not gluten free...though there are certified gluten free oats). I read the entry and recipe cos I thought it looked absolutely gorgeous- and I adapt recipes to gluten free all the time. I miss rye, a lot, but I love buckwheat equally so I substitute it usually if I want a rye look and earthiness. I would make this cake with buckwheat- it would be fabulous!!!! Lovely photos...

    • Sneh

      I would love to try with buckwheat, this cake is so easy to just swap the ingredients; it would be lovely with just about any flour one would want to experiment with!

  16. Elizabeth Mars

    Looks delicious - just to let you know rye flour is not gluten free, it has less gluten then wheat flour but is not something someone with celiac disease could eat.

    • Sneh

      Thank you for the catch. I initially baked the recipe with plain flour and then gluten free flour before eventually deciding to go with the rye flour because that was the version I loved best. When I replaced flours in the writeup and recipe, I overlooked removing the gluten-free reference. I have done that now. Cheers!

  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love autumn cakes like this, perfect for pears!

  18. chinmayie @ love food eat

    I am craving cake!


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