Food Blog Friday: Caramel Apple Pear Cake from Zoë Bakes

Caramel Apple and Pear Cake from Zoe Bakes

It’s definitely time for another installation of Food Blog Friday and this week I’m featuring a gorgeous Caramel Apple and Pear Cake recipe from the wonderful baking blog Zoë Bakes, written by pastry chef and cookbook author Zoë François.

Even if you aren’t familiar with her blog, you might recognize Zoë as co-author of the popular bread baking books Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  The books are great and so is the Artisan Bread in Five blog, but it’s really been a pleasure getting to know Zoë through her personal baking blog over the past few years.

When I was searching for a Caramel Apple Cake recipe yesterday, I was thrilled to find this recipe.  The sweet cake is filled with apple chunks and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a touch of brandy.  It is topped with an overlapping layer of thin pear slices and glazed with a caramel sauce.  Although I hadn’t originally planned on using pears, I fell in love with the pretty design on top of the cake and knew I had to give it a try.  The cake is very elegant looking, but was really simple to make thanks to the step-by-step photos and clear instructions.

Apple Pear Cake Close-Up

When my cake came from the oven, it looked great, but I was a bit nervous about removing it from the tube pan.  I was afraid the pear design wouldn’t come out right or that something would stick or that I would somehow break the cake.

Caramel Apple and Pear Cake from Zoe Bakes

There was no reason to be afraid, the cake slipped out of the pan with no problems and the parchment paper peeled right off the pears and revealed the layered design.

Apple Pear Cake Unmolded

Once the caramel sauce was poured over the cake, it looked even better!

Caramel Apple Pear Cake Sliced

The cake was unbelievably moist and the simple caramel sauce with hints of brandy and honey was especially delicious.  Zoë served hers with ice cream, but I suggest eating it like we did, with mounds of lightly-sweetened fresh whipped cream.  Amazing!

Slice of Caramel Apple Pear Cake

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18 Comments
  1. Corinne

    It turned out beautiful! It looks sooooo good! Yay!

    6:56 pm  Nov 12th, 2010
  2. the blissful baker

    that cake looks so lovely!

    10:46 pm  Nov 12th, 2010
  3. Kalynskitchen

    What a beautiful cake. I thought Zoe was so charming when I met her at BlogHer Food last year.

    3:57 am  Nov 13th, 2010
  4. heather

    This looks like the pear ginger upside-down cake I baked the other day (http://tinyurl.com/232suyb), though I like that yours has chunks of apple in the middle as well as the layer of pears on top. Fruit in your face! And I love the larger tin shape. Will have to try this, too.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

    6:31 am  Nov 13th, 2010
  5. heather

    This looks like the pear ginger upside-down cake I baked the other day (http://tinyurl.com/232suyb), though I like that yours has chunks of apple in the middle as well as the layer of pears on top. Fruit in your face! And I love the larger tin shape. Will have to try this, too.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

    6:31 am  Nov 13th, 2010
  6. Jen

    Oh. My. God. It is 7:05 a.m. and I am sitting here drooling.

    8:06 am  Nov 13th, 2010
  7. Rachel

    What a beautiful cake! I’m gonna have to check out Zoe’s blogs.

    1:36 pm  Nov 13th, 2010
  8. Ravenous Rowie

    That cake looks so delicious, and gorgeous!!! Now I kinda want cake for lunch!

    3:11 pm  Nov 13th, 2010
  9. LimeCake

    wow that looks incredible! you did a beautiful job!

    6:15 pm  Nov 13th, 2010
  10. Roxan

    This is a gorgeous cake. You did a great job of arranging the pear! Mine would turn out no where near that beautiful. Thanks for the link to Zoe’s blog. I’ve seen her cookbooks and it’ll be nice to read some of her thoughts.

    10:39 am  Nov 15th, 2010
  11. mei

    Beautiful yummy cake… can you do one with spenda? :-) Love your website, beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. Mei

    11:01 pm  Nov 21st, 2010
  12. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    Wow that looks gorgeous. The pears have a glassy, underwater sort of look!!

    3:03 am  Dec 5th, 2010
  13. janice

    What a beautiful cake!That cake looks so delicious, and gorgeous!!! Now I kinda want cake for lunch!

    6:17 am  Apr 17th, 2011
  14. Julie

    Both pictures look yummy.(http://tinyurl.com/232suyb), I would eat up either one of them

    1:00 pm  May 6th, 2011
  15. Julie

    How do I get the link to work? like Heather did?

    http://tinyurl.com/232suyb

    tinyurl.com/2323suyb

    1:02 pm  May 6th, 2011
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  17. Caven

    This is lovely. I had tried the recipe and my family and friends love it.
    Thanks for sharing.

    6:18 pm  Jun 5th, 2013
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