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Buttermilk Spice Cake with Pear Compote and Crème Fraîche

Buttermilk Spice Cake with Pear Compote and Crème Fraîche


Pear Compote

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 Bosc pears (about 1 1/2 pounds total), peeled, quartered, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Buttermilk Spice Cake

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground whole star anise
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3-inch piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lime peel

Recipe Preparation

Pear Compote

  • Mix sugar, lime juice, and salt in heavy large saucepan. Add pears and toss gently to coat. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until pears are just tender, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill until cold, then cover and keep chilled.

Buttermilk Spice Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9-inch diameter cake pan with 2-inch-high sides; line pan with round of parchment paper. Sift first 9 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend between additions. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean and add lime peel; beat to blend. Beat in flour mixture in 4 additions alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions, scraping down bowl occasionally. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

  • Bake cake until beginning to brown on top and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cake in pan on cooling rack. DO AHEAD Cake can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.

  • Cut around pan sides to loosen cake. Turn cake out onto rack; peel off parchment and turn right side up onto platter. Sift powdered sugar over. Cut into wedges. Serve with pear compote and dollop of crème fraîche.


  • Grind the star anise pods in a spice mill, then strain through a fine sieve. Use only the most finely ground star anise in the cake. Or you can buy ground star anise at

Recipe by Daniel Patterson,

Nutritional Content

One serving contains the following: Calories (kcal) 362.9 %Calories from Fat 50.3 Fat (g) 20.3 Saturated Fat (g) 12.5 Cholesterol (mg) 105.4 Carbohydrates (g) 41.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.5 Total Sugars (g) 25.6 Net Carbs (g) 39.3 Protein (g) 4.2Reviews Section

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