Pear Spiced Crumb Cake


For the cake:

  •  1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups diced pears, divided

For the crumb topping:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9 inch springform pan with a circle of parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and oil. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Mix in 1 cup of the pears into the cake batter. Pour into the springform pan and level with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining pears over the top, distributing evenly.

Combine the ingredients for the crumb topping in a small bowl and mix until you achieve a crumbly texture. Scatter over the layer of pears until the cake is evenly covered.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted is clean when removed. Alternatively, you can make this cake as muffins. Bake for about 25 minutes in a muffin tin, and allow to cool for 15 minutes before retrieving from the pan.

Enjoy immediately, and best the day you bake. If you have any left over, store in an airtight container and reheat in a 350°F oven for about 10 minutes.

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