Mocha Pear Cake for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in #SundaySupper, Cakes | 27 comments

Mocha Pear Cake for #SundaySupper

Mardi Gras is almost upon us, so #SundaySupper is celebrating with Fat Sunday, hosted by Leslie of La Cocina de Leslie. We have a whole menu stuffed with decadent recipes which will leave you fit to burst. Today is also my Dad’s birthday, so I had an extra reason to make a rich, chocolatey Mocha Pear Cake!

I don’t know how I’ll celebrate Mardi Gras this year – in the UK, we know it as Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, so you can guess what we usually have! Tomorrow, however, I’m leaving for Portugal, so who knows?! I think I’ll be too busy exploring Lisbon to flip any pancakes. 

Still, as there’s a birthday first, so my Fat Sunday recipe had to be a proper cake.

Shh, my Dad doesn’t know about it yet – it’s a surprise for teatime! His favourite flavours in the world are coffee and nuts, and he loves pears, so I decided to combine those things into one cake – with lashings of chocolate to make it a true celebration – and Mardi Gras – cake. 


Mardi Gras cake


The icing is a chocolate-coffee ganache and the decoration is simple: just sliced pears and a scattering of nuts. You could use any fruit you like really, but pears work particularly well with the other flavours in here. The cake itself is filled with chocolate, walnut and pear pieces, as well as cocoa and a good dose of strong coffee. 


Mocha Pear Cake


Mocha Pear Cake
Serves 12
A rich chocolate, coffee and pear cake perfect for Mardi Gras
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the cake
  1. 150g self-raising flour (I used a gluten-free blend)
  2. 140g butter
  3. 100g caster sugar
  4. 30g demerera sugar
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1 large conference pear
  7. 75g chocolate, finely chopped
  8. 30g walnuts, finely chopped
  9. 2 tbsps freshly brewed coffee
  10. 1 tbsp cocoa powder
For the icing
  1. 75g chocolate
  2. 75ml double cream
  3. 1tbsp freshly brewed coffee
  4. 2 tsps smooth marmalade/apricot jam
  5. Chopped hazelnuts and walnut halves, to decorate.
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a medium round cake tin.
  2. Halve the pear, peel one half and chop into small pieces, removing hard inner section. Wrap the other half and put in fridge - you'll need it to decorate later.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy and stir in the coffee.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well, then fold in the flour and cocoa powder.
  5. Fold in the chocolate, pear and walnut pieces until evenly combined.
  6. Pour into tin - don't worry if the batter is quite runny; it is supposed to be a moist cake.
  7. Bake for about 30-40 mins or until a cake skewer comes out clean.
  8. When cooled slightly, turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  9. Make the ganache by heating the cream until warmed through, then break the chocolate into small pieces and stir in until the chocolate has melted. Stir in the coffee.
  10. Spread over the cake.
  11. Peel the leftover half of the pear and cut into thin wedges. Place decoratively on cake, and brush with the marmalade to prevent browning.
  12. Finish with chopped hazelnuts and walnut halves.
  13. Put cake in fridge to set the ganache; serve at room temperature.
Happy Baking Days
Take a look at the other Mardi Gras recipes – from cocktails to Cajun, there are dishes to make any party swing!

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  1. What a delicious looking cake… chocolate and pear is a match made in heaven! Happy birthday to your father and enjoy Lisbon, it is one of my favourite European cities! (Don’t miss a ride on tram #28!!)
    Manu recently posted..Ravioli dolci di Carnevale #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Manu, and thanks for the Lisbon tip – I can’t wait to ride the trams!

  2. I never thought to put mocha and pears together but I can see how they work beautifully in one delicious cake!

    • Thank you Betsy! It went down well with the family this evening!

  3. Your mocha pear cake looks just beautiful! I bet all of the flavors are simpley incredible together!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you so much, Jennifer!

  4. YUM! I adore pears in baked goods, so your cake is tempting me big time!!!

    • I don’t know why I haven’t baked with pears more often, they are so good!

  5. What an amazing and festive cake!! I love that you have added pears, one of my favs!!!
    Tara recently posted..Shrimp in Mustard Sauce for Fat Sunday #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Tara!

  6. I have never combined chocolate and pear, but this sounds absolutely delicious!
    Shaina recently posted..Seafood Gumbo for #SundaySupper #MardiGrasMy Profile

    • It seemed to go down well with my Dad!

  7. Do you have any idea how jealous I am that you are going to Lisbon. I can’t wait to follow along. I hope you will post lots of pics.
    Family Foodie recently posted..New Orleans Fried Chicken #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • :-) I will post lots of photos, definitely!

  8. I love this, Katy! Pears and chocolate are the bomb! (do they still say that?)
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  9. I love the combination of coffee and pears! And adding chocolate to the mix? Count me in! This is exactly how I like my cakes: rich and decadent. :)
    Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie recently posted..Mexican Chocolate Coffee Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free flours and your cake looks amazing so I’ll have to try your recipe! Yummy!
    Jennifer recently posted..Mini Sweet Potato Pies #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. I’ve had pears on the brain this week and this looks like the perfect dish to get something from my head to my table.
    Melanie recently posted..chocolate ganache tart #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. I bet this was a wonderful surprise for him. The icing on this cake sounds incredible. Hubby does’t like butter cream icing so I think for his cake this year I need to do something like this.
    Laura recently posted..Shrimp Po Boy #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. Chocolate and pears-great combo.
    Jane’s Adventures in Dinner recently posted..#MondayMuffin: Blood Orange CakeMy Profile

  14. any pear dessert works for me!
    Cathy recently posted..Mardi Gras Savory Beignets #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. Happy birthday to your Dad! He’s a man with good taste – all the flavours in this cake sound awesome! What a beautiful dish to serve him on his special day. I hope y’all enjoyed every bite of this.

  16. What a great flavor combination for a cake!

  17. I love this recipe. Mocha, pear, seriously scrumptious.
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  18. So elegant! I love them
    Sarah recently posted..Thai Chili SauceMy Profile

  19. Decadent and yummy but then all your desserts are :)
    sunithi recently posted..Flourless Chocolate Cake In A Mug With Coconut Cream #SundaySupperMy Profile

  20. So nice to see a cake with chocolate and pears together. It makes me so ready for pear season.
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