Pear + Cardamom Buttermilk Cake


Well hello there, beautiful, spiced, crunchy-sugar topped buttermilk cake!  Let me just say, I am so excited about this post!  This recipe is simple and basic, yet results in the most perfect cake that is equally as good served as a dessert or as a breakfast coffee cake.  And any recipe that fills your kitchen with delicious, spicy, fall smells like this one needs to go on your list of new recipes to try before autumn is over.


One thing that makes this cake extra delicious is the buttermilk; using buttermilk adds a unique, more complex flavor than just using regular milk.  If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, don’t worry!  Did you know you can make your own buttermilk?  Just take a scant cup of milk, add 1 TB of either white vinegar or lemon juice, let it hang out for 10 minutes, and ta-da… you have buttermilk!

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This post was inspired by a tried and true recipe from the blog, The Merry Thought.  I absolutely adore this blog and their simple, yet stunning recipes and DIY’s.  My Pear + Cardamom Buttermilk Cake recipe was adapted from their recipe for Rhubarb Cake with Vanilla Sauce which happens to be one of my very favorite rhubarb recipes.

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Pear + Cardamom Buttermilk Cake
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Serves: 8-12
  • CAKE
  • 2 TB melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 TB melted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, and egg. Once combined, add remaining cake ingredients (reserving pears) and stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Arrange pears in an even layer over the top of the cake and push gently into batter.
  4. Combine all topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over cake.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden. Use a toothpick to ensure doneness in the middle!


9 thoughts on “Pear + Cardamom Buttermilk Cake

  1. Hi there! This cake looks amazing! Question about the recipe: how much flour? Thanks!

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