Walnut-Pear Sour Cream Cake

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr


Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. In another bowl, add 1/3 cup flour.
  3. Cut in butter with pastry blender until the consistancy of coarse crumbs.
  4. Add 3/4 cup of the walnut mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Set walnut mixture and crumb mixture aside.
  6. In a bowl, toss pears with lemon juice; set aside.
  7. In another bowl mix together 1 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  8. In yet another bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter on medium speed of an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
  9. Beat in sugar and vanilla.
  10. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition until well mixed.
  11. Alternately add the flour mixture and the sour cream to egg mixture.
  12. Beat on low speed after each addition until combined.
  13. Spread two-thirds of batter into a greased 9-inch springform pan.
  14. Sprinkle with reserved walnut mixture.
  15. Layer pears evenly over walnut mixture.
  16. Spread remaining batter over pears.
  17. Sprinkle with crumb mixture.
  18. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  19. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup walnuts.
  20. Bake 45-50 minutes longer or until tests done.
  21. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  22. Run a knife around the sides of the pan.
  23. Remove side of springform pan.
  24. Cool for 1 hour.


Most Helpful

Delicious! I used Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream and it worked great. I think next time I might add one extra pear for more fruit taste, and maybe a sprinkle of cardamom on the pears.

Crunchy Numbers November 07, 2009

So delicious, rich and moist. I baked it in two loaf pans for 40 min. There are two steps missing after #10: Add the sour cream; add the flour mixture. I also sprinkled the final walnuts on top at the same time as the crumb mixture. It seemed strange to open the oven door after 10 min. to add them. I was worried the cake would fall.

StickyToffee October 26, 2009

This is an excellent cake. My in-laws just loved it. If you love pears, you need to try this one. Thanks for posting.

gwynn January 25, 2005

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