Pear Frangipane Cake

Makes 1 cake

Serve this pear frangipane cake cold with a cup of coffee or serve warm with cream or custard as a dessert.

Free from Soya


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  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub some butter around the inside of a 20cm/8” round cake tin or insert a baking liner.
  3. Chop the butter into small cubes.
  4. Put the butter cubes and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  6. Sieve the flour into the bowl and mix well.
  7. Add the lime juice and ground almonds and stir to combine.
  8. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top.
  9. Peel, core and slice the pears and arrange them over the top of the cake.
  10. Scatter the demerara sugar over the top.
  11. Bake for 50-55 minutes.


20cm/8” round cake tin and mixing bowl


190°C, Fan 170°C, 375°F, Gas 5

Cooking time

50-55 minutes
Made this scrummy cake this morning. It's delicious! I used light muscovado instead of caster sugar and lemon juice instead of lime juice. Still perfect and not much left now...
By Helen
13 Mar 2021
Great recipe. I added ground cardamom to mine. The combo of pear and cardamom was lovely.
By Bakey
21 Jan 2021

Lovely cake - I used teaspoon of vanilla essence instead of lime juice - easy to make, healthy and delicious; freezes well - I make this often.

By janet
21 Jan 2021
I loved the simplicity of this recipe - I didn't have a lime so used an orange instead. It was a great tea time treat. Only complaint - it didn't last long on the plate!! I may have to make a bigger one next time. Another great Doves recipe . Thank you !
By Judy
21 Nov 2020
Loved this! Personally I really liked the live. I had to bake it for more than 40-45 minutes though. I tried adding cocoa powder to make a chocolate version but it wasn’t great. Stick to the recipe and this is really yummy
By M
05 Jul 2020
Have made this a number of times, subbing in apples and ginger, pear and cardamom, and lemon instead of lime. Quick, easy and delicious. Yum
By Andrea
10 Jun 2020
I personally think that the lime doesn’t go quite as well than if you were to just use vanilla extract. Nevertheless it still tasted good.
By Yasmin
05 May 2020
I'm sure this tastes even better with fresh pears, but I'm here to tell you it was absolutely delicious with tinned pears too! In fact, I bet some other fresh or tinned fruits would work just as well. I also used lemon instead of lime as that's what I had. Super simple, and relatively low in sugar - I served it with plain yoghurt, and it was a winner for our whole family, Thanks for the recipe!
By Marian
02 May 2020
Loved this. Followed recipe exactly. Very easy and so tasty.
By sarah
15 Aug 2019

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