Simple Pear Skillet Cake

I am always scrambling for ways to use up the fruit we harvest in the Fall. While apple and pear picking is super fun, we wind up with a huge bowl of uneaten fruit. I started messing around with some simple cake recipes and landed on a yummy, easy cake that would work well with either pears or apples. This recipe calls for a greased 8-inch skillet.

Photo TMH

Photo TMH

Pear Skillet Cake


  • 5 medium ripe pears or apples
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Core the pears. Pulse chunks of two of them in a food processor until mushy. Slice the other three thinly to top the cake.
  3. Mix the all-purpose flour, corn flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl.
  4. In another bowl, mix the beaten eggs, olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, yogurt and mashed pears.
  5. Add this to the flour mixture and mix until moist.
  6. Pour the batter into the skillet. Randomly arrange the pear slices over the cake.
  7. Bake at 350F for 40 minutes. If the top does not brown cook under the broiler for a minute more.
  8. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar to serve.