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Vegan Maple Whole Pear Cake in a pan on a wood surface

Vegan Maple Whole Pear Cake

Vegan festive cake baked with poached pears. Perfect for the fall season or any other time.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf cake


For the poached pears:

  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 3-4 small firm pears peeled

For the cake:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • cup maple syrup
  • cup any vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar


  • In a big pan that can contain the pears, place the water, sugar, cinnamon, lemon and peeled pears. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • After boiling, simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Set the poached pears aside to cool in the liquid.
  • Heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F fan.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix the applesauce, water, oil, maple syrup and vanilla and salt.
  • Add the sugar to the bowl and mix until it dissolves in the batter.
  • Sift in the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Mix until unified again.
  • Add the vinegar and mix again.
  • Arrange the pouched pears in a greased loaf cake mold.
  • Pour the batter into the mold with the pears.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the cake part.
  • Cool the cake at room temperature.
  • Dig in!


*I cut the bottom of the pears a little bit just to make them stand straight in the pan. *When serving the cake, be sure to remove the seeds inside the pears.