Spicy Pear Cake

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Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg add incredible spice and flavor to this cake.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 C. vegetable shortening
  • 1 C. packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 C. coarsely grated ripe pear
  • 1/2 C. milk
  • 1 C. chopped pecans
  • 1/2 C. dark seedless raisins
  • 1/4 C. quartered red and green candied cherries (optional)

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10" tube pan. Combine shortening, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt at low speed. Fold in pecans, raisins and cherries, if using. Transfer batter to greased pan and bake 45-50 minutes until surface springs back when lightly pressed. Cool 5 minutes in pan; invert onto wire rack and cool to room temperature.

Yield: 12 servings

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