Pear-Treacle Cake


Pear-Treacle Cake

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Treacle cake topped with poached pears on cake stand

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    Firm, crisp pears poach beautifully without breaking down or falling apart. The longer the pears stay in the flavorful liquid after poaching, the better they’ll taste.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 16
    Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
    3 Hy-Vee large eggs
    3 tbsp. 2% reduced-fat milk
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
    1 ½ c. packed Hy-Vee brown sugar
    ⅔ c. full-flavor molasses
    ⅓ c. dark corn syrup
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee light-corn syrup
    2 ¼ c. Hy-Vee quick oats
    2 ¼ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee baking powder
    1 tbsp. Hy-vee ground ginger
    ½ tsp. ground allspice
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee kosher sea salt
    Vanilla Buttercream
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, softened
    2 c. Hy-Vee powdered sugar
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee vanilla extract
    1 to 2 tbsp. Hy-Vee 2% reduced-fat milk
    Poached Pears
    4 Hy-Vee sweetened apple juice
    2 cinnamon sticks
    3 firm ripe red Bosc pears
    Sticky Toffee Sauce
    ½ c. dark corn syrup
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter
    ¼ c. packed Hy-Vee brown sugar
    2 tbsp. molasses
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee whipping cream

    Things To Grab

    • Two 8-inch-round baking pans
    • Small bowl
    • Wire cooking racks
    • Electric mixer
    • Medium skillet


    1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray two 8-in.-round baking pans with cooking spray. Line pans with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside.

    2. Combine eggs and milk in a small bowl; set aside. Combine butter, brown sugar, molasses and corn syrups in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted and brown sugar is dissolved. Cool.

    3. Whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, ginger, allspice and salt in
      a large bowl. Whisk in brown sugar mixture until combined. Whisk in egg mixture until combined.

    4. Divide batter evenly between prepared baking pans. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans, peel off parchment paper and cool thoroughly.

    5. Prepare Vanilla Buttercream, Poached Pears and Sticky Toffee Sauce. To assemble, place a cake layer on a cake stand. Spread top with thin layer of Vanilla Buttercream. Add second cake layer and spread top with thin layer of Vanilla Buttercream. Spread thin layer of Vanilla Buttercream on sides of cake layers. Cover cake loosely and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

    6. Just before serving, toss Poached Pears with Sticky Toffee Sauce. Spoon mixture on top of cake, letting sauce drip down the sides.

    7. Vanilla Butter Cream: Place butter in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and 1 to 2 Tbsp. Hy-Vee 2% reduced-fat milk to reach spreading consistency.

    8. Poached Pears: Combine sweetened apple juice and cinnamon sticks in a skillet. Bring to boiling. Add pears, peeled and halved and/or quartered. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until pears are tender. Cool.

    9. Sticky Toffee Sauce: Combine dark corn syrup, butter, brown sugar and molasses in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cook and stir  until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in heavy whipping cream. Cool.

    Nutrition facts


    550 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 18g
    • Cholesterol: 75mg
    • Sodium: 180mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 98g
    • Protein: 5g

    Daily Values

    Vitamin A 10%
    Vitamin C 2%
    Iron 15%
    Calcium 15%

    Recipe Source:

    Seasons, October 2017