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Italian Almond Pear Cake

This Italian Almond Pear Cake is the perfect way to enjoy fall pears.  A dense cake with the sweetness of fresh pears and the crunch of salty almond. You can serve this cake in the morning with cup of coffee or tea, or after dinner.  

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8


  • 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter softened
  • 7 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup of almond flour
  • 7 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 ripe but not too soft pears peeled, halved and cored
  • 1/3 cup roasted salted almonds, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar.


  1. Prepare springform pan by greasing with butter, line bottom with parchment paper
  2. Preheat oven to 400°
  3. In a medium bowl mix together almond meal, flour and baking powder.
  4. In a bowl of electric mixer add butter and sugar beating until well blended and creamy.
  5. While blender is on slow add eggs to mixer one at a time.
  6. Once blended add flour mixture, beat until just blended.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan, using spatula spread to smooth.
  8. Top with pear halves in a circular pattern, do not overlap.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove and sprinkle top of cake with sliced almonds so that they are spread out evenly over top of pears.
  11. Return to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven to a rack and let cool.
  13. Once completely cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  14. Slice and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week and enjoy with coffee or tea.