With a spicy cinnamon cake, rich glaze, and sweet juicy pear compote, this is a great cake for cooler weather.
The cinnamon cake itself is is deep, dark and delicious. The cinnamon gives the cake a lovely spice which is quite warming. The touch of rum in the glaze adds a little extra warmth too.
The warm pear compote is utterly divine with fresh pears, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom (or ginger), lemon and vanilla. It would work very well on other desserts and even spooned over vanilla ice-cream. You might consider adding another dash of rum to the pear compote for an adults version.
This cake is all about contrasts of flavours, aromas, textures and temperatures. The spicy cinnamon cake, the dark rich glaze, the sweet juicy pear compote. Serving the cake with cream or ice-cream adds to these contrasts. A wonderful wintery cake treat.
If you’re a fan of cinnamon cake recipes you’ll love this Apple Cinnamon Cake.
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp of ground cinnamon or ginger
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup of butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp of amber rum
- 4 large firm Bartlett pears, peeled and diced
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cardamom or ginger
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ½ tsp vanilla
- For the full recipe go here: Cinnamon Cake