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5 from 1 vote

North African Pear Cake Squares

This super simple yet super moist and decadent pear cake is the best thing for any gatherings.
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 16 servings


Cake Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup +1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 large pears
  • 1 pinch of salt

Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  • First turn on the oven to 350 F, then start by buttering a 9X9 inch pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk the flour, the baking powder, and the salt. In a separate smaller bowl beat the eggs, sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla together. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture and stir until everything is incorporated. 
  • Now peel the pears, slice them in half, core them and then cut them into simple slices. And place them side by side on the baking pan (you will have two layers of pears). Pour the batter mixture over the pears and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • While the cake is baking, make the syrup. Put the water and the sugar in a saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil and pour it over the hot cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.
  • Let the pear cake soak in the syrup and cool down for 30 minutes to an hour, cut into squares and enjoy!
  • Note:  I personally enjoy having this cake cold so I let it cool down, cut it and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours and enjoy it with a warm cup of tea.