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Pear Cake with Lemon Glaze

Sweet, soft and moist, this Pear Cake with Lemon Glaze is made with fresh pears in a cast iron skillet! The homemade lemon glaze on this cake is absolutely delicious! 

If you enjoy pear desserts as much as we do you should also try this Pineapple Upside Down Yogurt Cake Recipe and my Pear Almond Cheesecake Torte!

A slice of Pear Cake with a dribbled lemon glaze

This Is Definitely One Of My Favorite Cake Recipes 

Uh-oh! Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Does this look similar to that delicious Fig and Lemon Cake? Why, yes, yes it does!

Looks like I’ve developed an obsession with making cakes in my skillet. Can’t get enough of my skillet. And cakes!

First and foremost, this Pear Cake with Lemon Glaze should feed between 6 and 8 people. IT fed the 4 of us – my hubby, my Mama, my Tato (Dad), and yours truly. We polished it. Down to the last crumb, we inhaled it all.

And, if we are talking favorite cakes, like of all time, this one will have to be in my top 5. Maybe even in the top 3. Actually, I don’t even know what cake is in the number 1 spot, so…

A whole Pear Cake with Lemon Glaze in a cast iron skillet

Speaking of, I’m so indecisive. Don’t ever ask me to make you my IT meal. I can’t decide what my IT meal is! Or ask me to choose between a sofa and a sofa. Orrrr my favorite color! Ugh! I am baaaaad at making the final decision. In business, I’m the first one to sign my name in blood to the decisions I make, but in my personal life, I’m like a little girl – I end up asking my 4-year old for her opinion on what insurance company I should go with… I’m telling you, I am horrible at decision-time.

What Does This Pear Cake Taste Like?

But, if I did know how to come to the final answer, I would choose this as YOUR favorite cake! 😉 No, for reals, now. This cake rocks! It’s super-delicious. I mean, SO! GOOD! It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It is moist, but dense, and the pears bring it all together, adding a beautiful, smooth flavor to this amazing treat.

A slice of glazed pear cake on a tin plate with forks

If I were you, I’d drop everything that I’m doing right now, including my Pinterest session, and I would jump into the kitchen to make this awesomeness! It comes together fairly quickly – under 1 hour from start to finish.


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Pear Cake with Lemon Glaze

Katerina | Diethood
Sweet, soft and moist, this Pear Cake with Lemon Glaze is made with fresh pears in a cast iron skillet!
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Servings : 8
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


For the Cake
  • 2 pears , sliced, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter , plus more to butter the skillet
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Glaze
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Butter an 8-inch cast-iron skillet and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine sliced pears and lemon juice; toss together and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
  • In your mixer's bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and continue to beat until mixed.
  • Mix in vanilla; beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Set your mixer on the lowest setting and slowly add in the flour mixture; mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add half of the pear slices to the cake batter and fold them in.
  • Pour batter into prepared skillet.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread the batter evenly and smooth it out.
  • Add the rest of the pear slices on top and push them into the batter.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let cool.
Prepare the glaze.
  • Combine milk, lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium-heat, stirring constantly just until combined and no lumps appear.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the cake.
  • Cut and serve.


Calories: 223 kcal | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 56 mg | Sodium: 67 mg | Potassium: 103 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 27 g | Vitamin A: 245 IU | Vitamin C: 3.4 mg | Calcium: 26 mg | Iron: 0.8 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake with lemon glaze, easy pear dessert, easy pear recipe, homemade cake recipe, lemon cake glaze, lemon glaze for cake, pear cake recipe, skillet cake
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21 comments on “Pear Cake with Lemon Glaze”

  1. What can I use in lieu of a cast iron skillet and how will the baking instructions change?
    Thanks Monica

    1. Hi!
      You can use an oven-safe skillet, a baking dish, or even a pie dish will work. You don’t have to change anything else.

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    Pamela Vercruysse Moser

    I LOVE fresh citrus and fresh fruit cakes so these recipes are PERFECT for my “VERY ACTIVE” COLLECTION…..THANKS VERY MUCH! ! YUM!

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    You’re going to make me buy an 8 inch skillet to go with the 5, 10, and 12 inch ones, aren’t you?? I don’t mind, I just need to know where to cast blame when my spouse returns and sees the explosion that happened in the kitchen cupboards while he’s been gone.
    This looks lovely, and I’m hopeful we’ll get pears in the farm share.

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen

    Holy mackerel, yum! I love how you just plopped those pear slices in there. Absolutely lovely, Kate!

  5. It looks very elegant in spite of being baked in a cast iron skillet. The top of the cake seems smooth and shiny even where there’s no glaze.

  6. I would totally run to the kitchen to make this, if only I had some pears! And there wasn’t banana bread in my oven 🙂

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    I love my skillet! Do you know I have never made a cake in it! I need to rectify that with this pear cake! yum!

  8. Love the simplicity of this cake and, of course, the fact that lemon is involved!

    I’m unbearably indecisive too! Everyone hates eating out with me because I take about 30 minutes to decide on what I want. :p

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Yum! Your cake looks amazing and I love that the ingredients are simple. I have to make this!!!

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