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Pear Skillet Cake

Pear Skillet Cake

  • Author: Cosette's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: cakes
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: baked goods


A simple snacking cake that is wonderful for breakfast or elegant enough for a dinner party.


  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 splash of bourbon or whiskey (can be omitted)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or another neutral oil)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk (any variety, whole milk is ideal)
  • 3 pears sliced, firm
  • powdered sugar for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your 12″ skillet (or baking pan). Butter and flour your skillet to ensure there is a well coated surface.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add your eggs, vanilla and whiskey and beat for 2 minutes on high speed.
  3. Add in your sugar and beat for another 2-3 minutes until pale and golden.
  4. Next add in your dry ingredients slowly while machine is running on low.
  5. Finally, begin adding your liquid ingredients: oil, yogurt and milk.
  6. Beat on high until everything is combined, batter will be thick.
  7. Pour your batter into your prepared skillet and top with concentric slices of pear, I like to leave the skin on.
  8. Bake for 75-90 minutes until golden brown and tester comes out clean when inserted. 
  9. Let cool slightly and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!


  • Whiskey can be omitted, it does bake off and helps with minimizing eggy taste.
  • Cake can be topped with salted caramel for an ultra decadent flavor, I like this recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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