Squidgy pear & hazelnut chocolate spread cake

Squidgy pear & hazelnut chocolate spread cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 8

For a perfect squidgy centre this brownie-like chocolate cake should still have a little wobble when you take it out of the oven

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal474
  • fat28g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre5g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 400g jar hazelnut chocolate spread
  • 50g unsalted butter, softened, plus a little to grease the tin
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 25g cocoa
  • 2 ripe but not squishy pears, peeled, quartered and cored (pears with a rounder shape work well)



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 2 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and passed through a sieve
  • 50g whole blanched hazelnut



    Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…

  • double cream, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Butter then line a round 23cm springform baking tin. Put the chocolate spread in a large bowl and add the butter, eggs and a pinch of salt. Whisk for 1 min with electric beaters until the mixture is smooth and slightly bubbly.

  2. Sift in the flour and cocoa, then fold in with a spatula until smooth. Scrape into the tin and level the top. Peel, quarter and core the pears. Cut 4 slits through the fat part of each quarter, then press lightly to make a fanned shape. Use a pastry brush to glaze the pears with apricot jam, then lift onto the cake in a clock-face pattern. Don’t press the pears into the mix.

  3. Scatter with the nuts and bake for 40 mins until risen with a thin crust. The cake will have a very slight wobble when it’s ready, and a skewer inserted into the middle will come out coated with soft cake batter. Brush another thin layer of the jam over the pears (this stops the fruit from turning brown). Cool in the tin and serve warm or cold, with double cream.

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20th Feb, 2015
Very yummy cake... first attempt but will definitely do it again. Better warm with some nice vanilla ice cream. Don't be tempted to over cook it. I did and it was a bit dry so will make sure I remove it after the 40 minutes next time.
26th Jan, 2014
Very nice cake but definitely best warm! I was too nervous to take it out at 40min as I thought it still looked too wet so gave it an extra 5mins - wish I hadn't! It was a little gooey in the centre but would have been gooier/more brownie like after 40min. (cooked in a non-fan oven at 160)
1st Dec, 2013
To say I dislike pears I think this cake sounds lovely. Might try it for Christmas. Will come back to rate when I've made it.
22nd Oct, 2013
Lovely easy cake for a beginner. Everyone loved it. I did keep it in the oven for a hour and a half though.
13th Oct, 2013
Very easy and looks good, the addition of pear adds some lightness to the gooey rich chocolate hazelnut base. A winner all round.
11th Oct, 2013
This cake was easy to do and turned out fantastic. I served hot with vanilla ice cream for after Sunday lunch.
10th Oct, 2013
I warmed up my oven to 140c as it is a fan oven, after 40 minutes it was not cooked, I left it in for a further 10 minutes and it was still very gooey and sank in the middle. That being said it was very delicious, the family loved it. I will definitely be cooking it again but maybe ignore the fan oven setting and set it at 160c. I will get it right....I will never surrender;)
20th Oct, 2013
I hope you enjoyed it, the recipe does state 160 fan. It's my next cake to bake, will let you know how I get on....
8th Oct, 2013
Delicious! Best birthday cake i've ever had!
8th Oct, 2013
Delicious! Best birthday cake i've ever had!


16th Oct, 2013
Is the squidgy pear and hazel nut chocolate spread cake freezable?
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8th Nov, 2013
Hi Liz, Thanks for getting in touch. In this case it's not possible to freeze the cake. We hope you enjoy the recipe! Best wishes, BBC Good Food web team
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