Pear & Walnut Cake

In the world of food, there are some combinations that are as inexplicable as they are delicious. I mean who ever first thought of wine and cheese, of basil and tomato, of rice and curd, and salt in caramel? Outrageous to say the least, yet makes one weak at the knees!

I discovered one such combination only recently and it’s gone on to become such a favorite in my house that I can’t believe I hadn’t ever tried it until now – Pears & Walnuts!!

A friend had sent over two dozens of these organic beauties grown on their family farm. Sitting on the family table, they were just calling out to me everyday, till I finally got around to experimenting with a cake, some other favorite ingredients and out came this completely amazing result! I kid you not, this cake has become amongst the most favorite I’ve ever made with everyone from my father-in-law to my toddler!

Pear & Walnut Cake

A fresh pear cake with crunchy walnuts, notes of ginger and a beautiful texture from almond flour!
Makes: One 9-inch cake
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins


  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Almond Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger (grated)
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar 
  • ½ cup Buttermilk 
  • ½ cup Oil
  • 2 small or 1 large Pears 
  • ½ cup Walnuts 



  • Line a 9-inch round tin with baking paper and grease well. Pre-heat oven to 180 degree C.
  • Peel and cut one small pear into tiny pieces, and the other one (with its peel on) into long but thin slices. If using one large pear, cut half in each style.
  • Whisk together flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and walnuts in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, mash the two bananas and add sugar, buttermilk, and oil. Whisk well.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients and the diced pear with the wet ingredients.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
  • Arrange the pear slices on top of the batter in the tin and throw a handful of walnuts in the remaining spaces.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let it cool completely before demoulding.

Join the Conversation

  1. Hi Pooja
    Your writing and recipe with words is as amazing as the recipe that you cook with edible things. Is it possible to place order with you ?

    1. Hi, thank you so much for the compliments. I don’t accept orders.

  2. Alka Agarwal says:

    How to make almond meal? Is there a substitute for that?

    1. Hi Alka, almond meal is blanched almond flour. You can make your own almond meal. Check out this video- If you want to skip it, you could just replace it with whole wheat flour although there will be some change in texture.

    2. Buttermilk here is chaas or milk n vinegar? Please explain

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