Brown Butter Pear Cake


This is a super moist, delicious cake. Tastes better the day after and only gets better as the days go by.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
1 10-inch tube cake


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups peeled and diced pears

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Brown Butter Icing:

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

  2. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in large bowl.

  3. Beat sugar and eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed in a separate bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until well-blended. Mix in flour mixture until batter is smooth. Fold in pears and walnuts. Pour batter into the prepared tube pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting on a wire rack to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  5. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it is a rich brown color and has a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in confectioners' sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until icing is thick and smooth. Stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time to thin icing to desired consistency. Drizzle icing over cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

438 Calories
25g Fat
51g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 438
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 90mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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