Hazelnut Pear Espresso Cake #thecakeslicebakers

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is The New Way To Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th of the month we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

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It is a new year and a new book - The New Way To Cake - and our choices for November 2020 were ~ 

Hazelnut, Pear & Espresso Cake

Hot Chocolate and Halva Pudding

Double Ginger and Grapefruit Cakes
    This was absolutely a lovely cake to make and enjoy! I feel like it's very "coffee cake"-esque; with the flavors of fruit and coffee blended in. It would go wonderfully on a brunch table, and is just perfect with a cup of tea or coffee! 

    I love cakes like this that have warm flavors, and aren't overly sweet so I absolutely loved this cake. The bits of crunchy hazelnuts adds the perfect touch of texture to the cake, and the sliced pears on top are such a pretty touch! There's really nothing I would change about this one, and I would definitely make it again.

    The batter smells sooo good - it almost has a caramel flavor and color to it before baking, thanks to the color and flavor infusion from that instant espresso!

    Hazelnut Pear Espresso Cake

    2/3 cup blanched hazelnuts
    3/4 cup plus 2 TBS sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp instant espresso 
    3/4 cup butter, melted
    2 Bosc pears, divided

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9" round cake pan with baker's spray.
    2. Toast the hazelnuts on a baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool and reduce oven temp to 350 degrees.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and instant espresso. Mix to combine into a smooth batter.
    4. Peel one of the pears and dice into small pieces and gently fold them into the batter. Roughly chop up about 3/4 of the toasted hazelnuts and fold them in as well.
    5. Scrape batter into the prepared cake pan.
    6. Cut the other pear in half (leave the skin on), use a spoon to scoop out the core and thinly slice the pears. Arrange them however you'd like to decorate the top of the cake and sprinkle the remaining hazelnuts around the pears. 
    7. Bake 40-45 minutes until cake is risen and golden brown, and a toothpick or skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Set on a cooling rack and cool in the pan 10-15 minutes before carefully turning out of the pan to complete cooling on the rack.
    8. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.


    1. What a lovely cake. I was tempted by it too but ended up surrendering to the call of chocolate.

    2. This one was on my list too! It sounds heavenly.

    3. What a pretty design on top! Looks great.

    4. Beautiful cake, Rebekah! I love that it is truly a "coffee cake." Sounds fantastic:)

    5. This one was tempting for me as well and especially now that I see how pretty yours is. Delicious!

    6. Your cake looks so appealing. I can't wait to try this recipe.


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