June 1, 2015

This recipe has climbed to the top of my ‘most favorite cakes’ list recently. The batter is moist, flavorful and nutty and the pears add a fresh fruitiness.

To make things even better it is extremely easy to make and looks like you are the total baking pro. Just make sure nobody is allergic to nuts!!


  • 200g sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 eggs
  • 200g butter [room temperature]
  • 400g ground hazelnuts
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 40ml pear snaps
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 small pears
  • 150g dark chocolate


_ roast hazelnuts in a large pan [without oil] until you get a lovely roasted smell

_ add spices and baking powder

_ butter and flour a rectangular cake pan

_ preheat oven to 175°C

_ combine butter, sugar and the eggs

_ beat until the sugar is fully dissolved

_ scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean and add to the eggs

_ finally mix in the hazelnut mixture

_ spoon batter into the cake pan until half full

_ wash pears and place them upright into the batter


_ spoon more batter over the pears until the pan is ¾ filled [pears should still stick out a good 2-3 cm]



_ bake for about 1 hour [cover half way through with some baking sheet to keep the pears from burning]

_ take cake out of the oven and poke the surface with a fork

_ drizzle snaps over the top

_ leave to cool completely before taking out of the pan


_ melt chocolate in a water bath

_ cover cake with chocolate

_ wait for the chocolate to harden [or not] and enjoy [preferably with some vanilla ice cream]

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One Comment

  1. Sabine says:

    Liebe Anita, das sieht ja großartig aus!!! Und schmeckt sicher super lecker!

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