Apple Pear Cake Recipe
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Apple Pear Cake Recipe

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When my sister Catherine made an apple cake for me, I asked her for the recipe. I made it a short time later and added some pears to the recipe, since we have pear trees on our acreage. The cake was very moist and tasted so good. Now every time I make it, people want my recipe. —Mary Ann Lees, Centreville, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:12-15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 2 cups shredded peeled tart apple
  • 2 cups shredded peeled pears
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 613 calories, 30 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 306 mg sodium, 84 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Combine dry ingredients; stir into the fruit mixture.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' and butter until smooth. Beat in the milk and vanilla; frost cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Apple Pear Cake in Country August/September 1999, p49

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"Super moist and I added dates ( 1/2 cup) while cutting the pears to 1 1/2 cups to mine. I made the frosting without the cream cheese ( I didn't have any) and it was delicious. Everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"Family loved it, very moist and the pears are subtle flavour."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"This is great--very rich, but tasted delicious with all the wonderful fruits & nuts. A cake like this, I prefer just to dust the top with powdered sugar."

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