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Nutmeg Pear Cake

From Worthington, Iowa, Kim Rubner recalls, "I've been in love with baking since I was in seventh grade. I especially enjoy making this pear cake for my husband and our two children. With its yummy apple cider sauce, it tastes like autumn."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-15 servings


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (29 ounces) pear halves, drained and mashed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice


  • In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the sugar, oil, eggs, cider and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and stir well. Stir in pears and pecans.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  • For sauce, combine butter and sugars in saucepan. Cook over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until sugar id dissolved. Combine the cornstarch and cider until smooth; add to sugar mixture. Stir in the cream and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve warm with cake.

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