Paleo Cinnamon Cardamom Pear Cake

Plate of paleo cinnamon and cardamom pear cake

There are times when I’ll be reading a book, browsing the net or doing some other usual every day task when all of a sudden I’ll get this voice niggling in my head saying ok I’ve got a recipe idea for you… I promise it’s not as crazy as it sounds!

It’s more like I’ll think of an ingredient and then all these other ingredients will come into my mind and I’ll think hmmmm what can I do with that and then BAM a recipe! Sometimes the translation between my brain and the final dish don’t always turn out how I’d imagined but most of the time things turn out GREAT!

Case in point this cake recipe I’m about to share with you. I was reading my book the other day and all I could think about were pears… no idea why but it just kept popping into my head, and then almond flour next and then all these other ingredients until finally I thought I NEED TO MAKE A CAKE!!!

And so I did… and it turned out bloody good! I just had a phone call from Joe at work telling me “I just had some of your cake it was delicious, you should have given me more”…. I WIN! And so does he because luckily I haven’t managed to gobble it all down myself so he’ll have some waiting for him tonight :)

Paleo Cinnamon Cardamom Pear Cake

Plate of paleo cinnamon and cardamom pear cake

Paleo Cinnamon Cardamom Pear Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Line a round cake pan with parchment paper and grease using a little melted coconut oil. Set aside.
  3. Place a skillet on medium heat and add in about 1 TBS coconut oil. Peel pear(s) and slice into even rounds. Add the sliced pear to the pan and cook on either side for a 1-2 minutes. Remove the pear slices to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside.
  4. In a medium-large mixing bowl sift in almond flour, add in cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda and sea salt. Mix together and set aside.
  5. In another bowl, using an electric hand mixer, mix together egg yolks, raw honey, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  6. Next take egg whites and add in a pinch of cream of tartar. Using a whip attachment on an electric beater or stand mixer, whip the egg whites until you get soft peaks.
  7. Add egg yolk mixture into the bowl with the almond flour and spices and mix together.
  8. Take a spatula and add in ⅓ of the egg white mixture and fold through. Do this another two times until all the egg white mixture is folded through. Remember to be gentle with this part as you want the cake to be soft and airy when it comes out.
  9. Now layer pear slices onto the bottom of the cake pan. Try to do it so that they overlap each other slightly.
  10. Pour the cake batter on top of the layer of pears and using a spatula, spread the batter evenly over the top.
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick/fork inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before flipping the cake over.

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  1. says

    Great, I’m going to attempt making it sometime soon! Maybe even Easter, which is next weekend already. I could really go for a piece right now, while I’m killing time and drinking some hot chai tea (wish I had some coconut milk for it) at the airport. Thanks ;)

  2. says

    Hey! I hope the travels are going well! Yep the cream of tartar is basically just for the safety of the peaks but you could probably just do without or even use just a bit of vinegar. And yes it is bloody good, I’m trying to exercise self control right now and not eat the rest of it up… Joe wouldn’t be too happy hahah :)

  3. says

    Normally, I wouldn’t see your post until many hours later, but I’m wide awake, in the midst of travel! In Minneapolis as I type, and drooling over this lovely cake! Can it be made without the cream of tartar, by chance? I imagine it’d be fine since egg whites will still form soft peaks without it? Is it just for safety, to make sure the peaks form? I bet this is bloody good ;)

  4. says

    This really sounds terrific and not too sweet, correct? I want to make this!! You are really creative and I’m glad you listen to that little voice. We all benefit!! :-)

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