Chocolate cake with preserved winter pears

I love the combination of the luscious cake and the soft pears. It makes a lovely dessert for those cold days.


Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 min. preparation time, 15 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 754 / Protein 11g / Carbohydr. 77g / Fat 43g

Ingredients (12 servings)

400 gbittersweet chocolate
400 gbutter
420 gsugar (divided)
280 gall-purpose flour
20 gcocoa powder
15 gbaking powder
1 pinchsalt
200 mlport wine
250 mlpear juice
4 piecesstar anise
confectioner’s sugar to garnish


large saucepan, standing mixer or hand mixer with beaters, oven, muffin tin, sieve, large bowl, small saucepan, cutting board, knife, spatula

Wine Tip

Banyuls, France
This red dessert wine from the south of France is an ideal partner for chocolate; the complex flavors of the wine are similar to those found in the chocolate. It also blends well with the spices in the preserved pears.

Step 1

Chocolate cake with preserved winter pears

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Heat a little water in a large saucepan and bring it to a boil at medium-high heat. Reduce heat and place a large bowl on top as a double boiler. Add butter and chocolate to bowl and stir until melted.

large saucepan, oven, large bowl, spatula

400 g bittersweet chocolate / 400 g butter

Step 2

Chocolate cake with preserved winter pears

Add eggs and part of the sugar to a stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Pour into molten chocolate and stir thoroughly.

standing mixer or hand beater with beaters

8 eggs / 320 g sugar

Step 3

Chocolate cake with preserved winter pears

Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into the dough. Stir to combine.


280 g all-purpose flour / 20 g cocoa powder / 15 g baking powder / 1 pinch salt

Step 4

Chocolate cake with preserved winter pears

Distribute dough evenly in a muffin tin. Bake in preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for approx. 15 – 20 min.

oven, muffin tin

Step 5

Chocolate cake with preserved winter pears

Meanwhile, peel, quarter and core pears. Caramelize remaining sugar in a small saucepan. Deglaze with port wine. Add pear juice, star anise, and cloves.

small saucepan, cutting board, knife

3 pears / 100 g sugar / 200 ml port wine / 250 ml pear juice / 4 pieces star anise / 8 cloves

Step 6

Chocolate cake with preserved winter pears

Add pears to saucepan and simmer for approx. 15 – 20 min. Enjoy the chocolate cakes with warm spiced pears and garnish with some confectioner’s sugar.

confectioner’s sugar to garnish