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Fresh ginger cake with pears

Every autumn I fall madly in love with this dessert. Packed with fresh ginger and molasses it’s like an immune booster for the upcoming winter in the guise of a decadent dessert.



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoob vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (or 2 cups gluten-free mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 to 4 pears


  1. This cake is great with whipped cream after dinner, or served on its own with breakfast, lunch or tea. You can use apples or pears for the fruit; pears are my favourite, layered in the bottom of the pan so when you flip it upside down, you’ve got this lovely fruit on top. The recipe calls for a half-cup of grated fresh ginger. I find the easiest method is to process the ginger in a food processor or blender with a tiny bit of water added, so you don’t lose any of the precious ginger juice.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F and butter a 25 centimeter springform pan. Cream butter and sugar together for two minutes with an electric mixer, or by hand with a wooden spoon. Add molasses, ginger, eggs, vanilla and milk, and mix to combine.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and add to butter-sugar mixture. Mix until just combined. Cover bottom of pan with a single layer of overlapping pear slices. Spread batter over fruit. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until firm to touch and a knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool on rack for about 15 minutes, then run a knife around the springform pan and take the outer ring off. Hold a plate tightly to top of cake, flip upside down and gently loosen it from the bottom of the springform pan with a butterknife. Remove bottom of pan and place cake on plate or platter to serve.

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