Spice Cake With Poached Pears

Served with poached pears and maple frosting, this moist spice cake is the definition of a holiday treat.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup safflower oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Hoegaarden
  • Poached Pears
  • Maple Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter and flour a loaf pan
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and freshly grated nutmeg.
  4. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin purée, vanilla, brown sugar, granulated sugar and oil.
  5. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Add the eggs, whisking to combine.
  7. Pour in the Hoegaarden and combine
  8. Add your dry ingredients to the wet and combine
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 1 hour.
  11. Test with a toothpick in the center, when it comes out clean it's done.
  12. Remove the cake from the tin
  13. Slice evenly
  14. Serve frosting in a separate bowl or gravy boat
  15. Serve pear wedges and liquid in a separate bowl
  16. Assemble at table on individual plates