One of the good things about my work is that I don't work Mondays. Hence, no 'Monday Blues'. I could just veg out or bake a cake.
It was a perfect day here in Melbourne. I was motivated to do something creative and delicious! I started off thinking that I'd bake us a chocolate brownie. But that's too boring. Everyone can bake a brownie! I needed something challenging. Something that would expand my baking repertoire.
I remember eating this chocolate bar that has tiny pieces of pear in it. It tasted fantastic. Chocolate and pear are a match made in heaven. I did some research, and the recipe I've got is a mixed of several different recipes. But the core of the recipe started here. I adore this blog, the writer is simply a genius.
I added a frosting of Chocolate Buttercream Frosting to polish off this decadent cake. It was so good I had to stop myself from eating the whole frosting.
I also doubled the ingredients to make a two layer cake.
Chocolate Pear Cake
Adapted from Elra's Baking
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
200 grams dark Chocolate
1 1/2 cup plain flour
2 1/4 baking powder
pinch of salt
2 Beurre Bosch pears
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease two 9" pans. You can either melt the chocolate in a microwave or a bain marie. I own neither so I melt in the sink filled half way with boiling water. Sift together plain flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until well combined. Add the melted chocolate. At this point I have abandoned my hand held mixer and used a spatula. Beat the chocolate into the egg mixture until well combined. Add the flour mixture in two portion until just combined.
Put the sliced pears into the pan and pour the cake mixture in. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 - 40 minutes.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
3/4 cup milk chocolate, melted
180 grams unsalted butter
2 1/4 icing sugar
Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Incorporate the icicng sugar until well combined. Add the melted chocolate.
The fun part is when you get to go crazy frosting the cake hehe