The cinnamon top mixes nicely with the sweet pears and the vanilla in this low sugar vanilla pear cake.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: 1 8-inch round cake
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 pears, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon for sprinkling on top
It may seem like there are too many pears to mix into the batter, but don't worry, all of those pears will make the cake sweet and juicy.
For a sweeter cake, replace the 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce in the Mildly Sweet recipe above with 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk the sugar in with the eggs, oil, milk and vanilla in step 3. Omit the unsweetened applesauce.
If you would like to experiment with other sweeteners, see About Sweeteners for more information and nutrition facts on honey, maple syrup, stevia and other sweeteners.
Most of the recipes on Sweet Smart are adapted from my favourite cookbooks and websites. The Sweeter Option usually calls for about 1/4 to 1/2 of the sugar used in the original recipe.
Adapted from: Country Pear Cake from epicurious.com.