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Pear Gingerbread Cake Roll Recipe

Pear Gingerbread Cake Roll Recipe

Crave the taste of gingerbread at Christmastime? Why stop at making cutout cookies? Enjoy this elegant swirled dessert. It dresses up a spiced molasses cake with a luscious pear filling. —Gwen Beauchamp, Lancaster, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:10 servings


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon each ground ginger, cinnamon and allspice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons pear brandy or brandy
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Additional confectioners' sugar and ground cinnamon, optional


  • 1. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease and flour the pan and paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar; beat for 2 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and lemon-colored. Beat in butter and molasses. Combine the flour, baking powder and spices; fold into egg mixture. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  • 2. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners' sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 3. For filling, in a small skillet, saute pears in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in brandy. Cool completely. In a large bowl, beat the cream, confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and ginger until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in pear mixture.
  • 4. Unroll cake and spread filling over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar and cinnamon if desired. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 284 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 167 mg cholesterol, 99 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.