This cake is moist and delicious especially when served warm with whipped cream. It is a very attractive cake. It looks and tastes as though you went to a lot of trouble, but it is really so easy and quick to throw together. Serve warm cake with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped topping.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch springform pan.

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  • Use an electric mixer to beat the eggs, applesauce, molasses, and butter in a large bowl. Beat in the cake mix along with the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange peel. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan. Top the unbaked cake with pear slices; sprinkle evenly with the pecans and chopped chocolate.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Cool for 25 minutes before removing from pan.

Cook's Notes:

If you don't have a fresh pear on hand, well drained canned pears make a great substitute.

Nutrition Facts

282.9 calories; 3.3 g protein; 36 g carbohydrates; 51.9 mg cholesterol; 274 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
This is the first time I have ever rated a recipe. This cake is just fantastic. I made it exactly as the recipe indicated except I used milk chocolate chips on the top instead of shaved chocolate. The cake was light yet moist and just delicious. I have a feeling it will be even better tomorrow! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2010
More of a spice cake than a pear flavor. This is by no means is a bad tasting cake and it is soft and moist but I was hoping for more pear flavor and should have known better since the pears are just on top. I followed the recipe exactly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
This is the first time I have ever rated a recipe. This cake is just fantastic. I made it exactly as the recipe indicated except I used milk chocolate chips on the top instead of shaved chocolate. The cake was light yet moist and just delicious. I have a feeling it will be even better tomorrow! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
This is the first time I have ever rated a recipe. This cake is just fantastic. I made it exactly as the recipe indicated except I used milk chocolate chips on the top instead of shaved chocolate. The cake was light yet moist and just delicious. I have a feeling it will be even better tomorrow! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
This cake is great for the holidays. The spices orange pear and chocolate are a great combination and the cake itself is moist and not too heavy. This is one of the best cake recipes I have gotten off of this site. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2010
More of a spice cake than a pear flavor. This is by no means is a bad tasting cake and it is soft and moist but I was hoping for more pear flavor and should have known better since the pears are just on top. I followed the recipe exactly. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
This was a big hit at my Christmas party. The arrangement of the sliced pears on top looked so beautiful too! I don't know if it really needed the chocolate but everything else was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
So Moist Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2009
This was very yummy! I used sugar instead of molasses but everything else I left the same. This was so quick and easy. I chopped the chocolate really small and could hardly taste it. I will make it bigger chunks next time. I will be making this again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2011
I made this recipe as it is and it turned out amazing.Thanks for a great recipe Carol! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2014
This recipe sounded so simple so I had my doubts..... I took it to a birthday gathering and it was a huge hit everyone asked for the recipe. I did not change a thing.... it turned out beautifule with the arrangement of pears on top... looked like it came from a bakery. Thank you for this simple recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2014
Delicious! Made exactly as suggested. I was surprised that even my 5 year old liked it. I thought the spices would scare her off. I think I went over 1TB on orange peel but it was great. Read More