Posted on

poached pear and ginger cake

I made this cake for the cake club meeting in October.  The theme used to be “autumn” and for me that always way ginger – and lots of it.  My mum had a truly small repertoire of truffles and her ginger cake used to be my favourite.  The recipe in all probability were given right here from her historical, battered reproduction of the Be-Ro guide and I take note the joy of coming place of abode from college to the scent of a ginger cake inside the oven.

poached pear and ginger cake5poached pear and ginger cake6

For this cake club meeting I was hoping to do much better than the general two where my possible choices have been, unfortunately, disappointing to mention the least.  That’s the threat you’re taking on every occasion you utilize a recipe for the main time – you have no concept how it’s going to turn out until it’s performed.  This time I was keen to turn (if only to myself) that I can make a very good cake and I decided on a recipe that I had had my eye on for a long time, merely able for the appropriate tournament to make it.  It comes from a guide referred to as “tea with Bea”.

P1020563We love pears poached in crimson wine, cooking them for hours so that they transform ruby crimson all through.  For this recipe you poach them merely until they are comfortable which implies the wine has coloured merely the outer part of the pears, making them glance very quite when they’re sliced.


The cake used to be now not tricky to make then again had additional steps than I will continuously be with.  The recipe suggests baking one 23cm cake and cutting it into 3 layers.  I’m now not interested in cutting a cake into layers as quickly because it’s performed – it’s a long way too nerve wracking for my liking.  And the entire 3 layer truffles I have made have ended up a little wonky, unwieldly and onerous to slice.  So I decided to make two 23cm truffles and sandwich them jointly.  As a result I amended the original recipe to allow for the reduced amount of filling required, moreover for the elements I had available in the market.

I have to mention it gave the impression fabulous and used to be correctly without a doubt well worth the effort.  It’s possible you’ll read about the rest of the bakes at the meeting proper right here.



For the ginger cake

250ml Guinness

250g black treacle

1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

280g undeniable flour

1½ tsp baking powder

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

¼ tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp ground cloves

3 eggs

100g caster sugar

100g relaxed dark brown sugar

3 balls of preserved ginger

200ml sunflower oil

For the poached pears

4 company pears, peeled

½ bottle Merlot or other crimson wine

350ml water (approx)

350g caster sugar

zest of one orange

1 famous person anise

1 vanilla pod, get a divorce

1 clove

1 cinnamon stick

2 beaten cardamom pods

For the cream cheese icing

70g unsalted butter

95g icing sugar

1 tblsp golden syrup

300g cream cheese (complete fat)

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tblsp apricot or ginger give protection to to glaze

chopped crystallised ginger to embellish.


The main process is to poach the pears and this can be performed the day previous than if that is helping.

Put the entire elements excluding the pears into a large saucepan, put across to the boil and when the sugar has dissolved upload the pears.  Put a circle of baking parchment on top, laden with a plate or saucer, and simmer for roughly 30 minutes until the pears are comfortable.

Remove the pears and allow to cool.

To make the cake, first put the Guinness and treacle proper right into a tall saucepan and convey to the boil over over the top heat.  Remove from the heat and upload the bicarb – which may make the liquid fizz and bubble up, subsequently the need for a tall pan.  Set aside to cool totally – which takes quite some time.

Preheat the oven to 170° C / 150° fan / gas mk 5.  Butter two 23cm round springform tins and line the bases with baking paper.

In a large bowl, mix jointly the flour, baking powder and spices.

In a separate bowl, beat jointly the eggs, sugars and chopped ginger, beat inside the oil, upload the Guinness liquid and blend utterly.

Upload the egg aggregate to the dry elements and mix until merely combined.  Divide between the two able tins and bake for roughly 40 mins or until performed.  After a few mins remove to a twine rack to cool totally.

To make the cream cheese icing, using {an electrical} whisk beat the butter, icing sugar and golden syrup jointly until gentle and fluffy.  Upload the cream cheese and vanilla and beat correctly.

To gather the cake, decrease the pears in part, remove the cores and decrease each and every part into 4 wedges.

Put one cake on a plate or cake stand and spread thickly with the cream cheese icing.  Get ready part of the pear wedges on top and upload the second one cake. 

Brush the best of the cake with the warmed apricot or ginger give protection to and prepare the rest pear wedges over it.  Decorate with the chunks of crystallised ginger.

Cuts into 8-10 slices.  Take care of inside the refrigerator.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *