Pear and walnut cake {vegan}

Pear and walnut cake {vegan}

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Happy Monday to all!

Here comes yet another dessert!! I don’t know why but in the summertime I love sweets even more, if that’s even possible. Luckily, some of those sweets are fresh fruits. This cake is full of sweet spices, is soft and all around delicious – words said by others who had a fat slice! I’d been wanting to make a cake involving pears and walnuts for ages, so, at long last, I made it! It’s quite pretty, too 🙂

Pear and walnut cake {vegan}

by Marta Giaccone

yields one 22cm/8,6in cake
prep time: 15 min, cook time: 45 min, total: 1 hr + cooling time


2 + ¼ cups / 400 gr flour of choice
2 tsp / 8 gr baking powder
2 tsp / 8 gr baking soda
1 tsp / 4 gr cinnamon, ground
1 tsp / 4 gr ginger, ground
½ cup / 50 gr walnuts, blended into flour
pinch salt
pinch vanilla
3 tsp / 12 gr flax meal or ground flax seeds
¾ cup / 180 ml milk of choice
½ cup / 125 ml pear puree (from 2 small pears)
½ cup / 125 ml maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice) + extra
½ cup / 125 ml light oil
6 small pears
extra walnuts



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Line the bottom of your springform cake pan with parchment paper, and oil the sides.
  3. In a small bowl add flax meal and milk, stir and let sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl sift and mix all of the dry ingredients, including the walnut meal.
  5. Combine the milky mixture with oil, maple syrup and ½ pear puree. Mix, then add the wet ingredients to the dry ones. Mix thoroughly. The batter will be quite thick.
  6. Chop 3 pears and fold into the batter.
  7. Pour batter in the cake pan, then take the remaining 3 pears, halve them, core them and slice them thinly. Arrange them on top of the batter, then add a few more walnuts.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a clean knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for about 30 minutes, then gently shake the pan a little, open and remove the sides.
  10. Store in the fridge, where it will keep for a few days.

Pear and walnut cake {vegan}

2 thoughts on “Pear and walnut cake {vegan}”

  • Hi Marta,
    Your vegan pear and walnut cake looks delicious! However, I’m not an experienced baker!
    Could you please let me know what the options for the flour are – could I use rice flour for example?
    Many thanks,

    • Hi Janine! this is my favorite cake, I hope you try it! 🙂
      Regarding the flour: rice flour on its own will not do, you need to use flours such as wheat, spelt, oat, rye, maybe a mix of these! if you want to use rice just add a bit of it to the mix (for a total of 2+1/4 cups). Either way do check with a clean knife, in the centre of the cake, that the bottom of the cake is fully cooked through, before taking it out of the oven 🙂

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