This pear coffee cake is tender and delicious with just the right amount of sweetness. It’s easy to make and it’s completely vegan!

Pear Coffee Cake
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I’ve been on a bit of a baking kick lately and after making a vegan blackberry coffee cake, I started thinking about other tasty coffee cake combinations! I loved these pear muffins so much I wanted to try a pear coffee cake and I’m excited to say that it turned out quite well! This pear coffee cake recipe is a great one because you can whip it up in just a few minutes. You don’t need a stand mixer or anything fancy. You can just mix everything together and pop it in the oven. 

The juicy pears add a nice sweetness and this cake is made without any eggs or dairy. This is the perfect thing to pair with a cup of coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up. You could even serve it with a little Greek yogurt if you wanted to enjoy this for breakfast. Or pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a tasty dessert.

Pear Coffee Cake ingredients

Ingredient & Substitution Suggestions

  • All-purpose flour: I used a mix of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour to add a little extra fiber, but you can use only all-purpose flour if you prefer.
  • Whole wheat flour: Whole wheat flour adds a slightly nutty flavor. As noted, this is optional.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar perfectly balances the sweetness to complement the pears and cinnamon. If you want to use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar on the streusel topping, you can.
  • Ground cinnamon: This gives the cake some of that classic coffee cake spice.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt balances the sweetness and enhances other flavors in the cake batter.
  • Baking powder: This acts as a leavening agent, helping the cake rise and achieve a light, fluffy texture.
  • Avocado oil: Oil adds moisture to the cake batter, ensuring a tender crumb without imparting any strong flavors. I used avocado oil but you can substitute with vegetable oil. Olive oil can also be used, but it may add a slightly savory taste.
  • Almond milk: This adds moisture to the batter while keeping the recipe dairy-free. You can substitute it with dairy milk or oat milk.
  • Pears: These are the star of the show, pears lend natural sweetness and a fruity flavor to the cake. You can use Barlett, Bosc, or Anjou pears. I haven’t tested this recipe with Asian pears, but I think those could work as well.
Pear Coffee Cake

Tips & Tricks

  • Be careful not to overmix the batter. We want a moist, tender cake with a light, fluffy texture, and over-mixing the batter can make it dense.
  • I recommend using an oven thermometer to ensure the baking temperature is accurate. I use this one from Amazon. It’s less than $10 and it works great.
  • Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to test for doneness. The toothpick should come out cleanly.

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