Do you remember our famous Granny cake? We talked about it a while back and from the amount of rave reviews we heard about it, people fell for it just as hard as we did! For those of you unfamiliar with it, Granny cake is one of the best cakes we’ve had in a while, stuffed to the brim with pineapple and pecans. Not only does it taste amazing, but the way the cake is made it rather untraditional; a typical batter gets baked, then a custard-like syrup gets poured over the top once the cake comes out of the oven and soaks in ensuring that this cake stays perfectly ooey-gooey and delicious.
Now that you’ve got a refresher on what Granny cake is, you’re ready to hear about today’s tasty confection. Granny’s pear cake – sweet and juicy pears ensconced in a cinnamon-spiced batter, then topped with both a layer of brown sugar and a healthy drizzle (read: waterfall) of custard syrup that goes over the top and soaks in perfectly. This cake like a brown sugar custard heaven that’s got tasty bites of sweet pear scattered throughout. Easily justifiable for breakfast and brunch as much as for dessert, we are absolutely hooked on this.
If your dessert or brunch routine has felt a little lackluster recently, this will be the fuel (read: flavor)-injecting boost that’s needed to spice things up and make you excited to be in the kitchen. Trust us, this cake wins everyone over and will have them clamoring for more! You may as well make two batches, since this stuff goes real quick….
Serves 10-12; 1 hour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 (14 oz.) can sliced pears, chopped (with juices)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt, then mix in eggs, vanilla extract and pears.
- Pour batter into your pan and top with an even layer of brown sugar.
- Place baking dish in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- While cake cooks, combine evaporated milk, sugar and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, then pour over hot cake.
- Let cake cool so it absorbs icing, then slice, serve and enjoy.