Vegan Chocolate and Pear Loaf Cake
I cannot believe that it has taken me five years to share a loaf cake recipe with you! Since it took a while, I wanted to kick this off (as there will undoubtedly be many more!) with a delicious, super simple vegan chocolate and pear loaf cake.
The topping is a simple cream cheese frosting that adds another element to the cake and will make you want to eat a whole bowl full of just the cream! And to finish it off, some chopped chocolate, because who needs an excuse to use more chocolate?!
As a vegan, going out and ordering something for breakfast or as a treat in a cafe can be tricky! I have, however, noticed that more and more cafes have some kind of option. I typically won’t go for the uber-healthy raw treats, but instead, pick out the loaf or slice options like this one.
Since it’s pear season here in Australia and we live on a property that has an abundance of apple and pear trees, this is the perfect time to use these gorgeous fruits in the kitchen.
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Pears work so well with chocolate, well, most things work well with chocolate!
This vegan chocolate and pear loaf cake is:
There’s nothing better than the smell of a freshly baked cake to go with your afternoon tea. If you get impatient and can’t wait for the cake to cool down before serving, you can use the cream as a spread instead of putting it on the top.
The taste will be the same, just served differently.
Which pear variety to use for this cake
You want to make sure to use a pear variety that holds its shape well when cooked. I chose the Bosc kind as it works well for this recipe, and I have plenty of those at my doorstep at the moment! It holds its shape well in this cake.
This loaf makes the perfect morning or afternoon tea, or in my case, even breakfast!
I find that a soft, moist loaf like this chocolate and pear one is even better the next day. The flavours deepen, and the texture of the cake becomes a little firmer.
Now, I can’t tell you how it is on day three, as it never gets past day two in our household.
A couple of tips for making this loaf cake
- I used half white unbleached spelt flour and half plain flour. The spelt flour adds a wonderful texture to the cake. You can, however, just use plain flour if that’s all you have on hand.
- I like to use whole block chocolate instead of chocolate chips. It’s cheaper and you can use it in more interesting ways. I personally like bigger chunks of chocolate in my cake and can then cut up the rest to put on top of the cream cheese frosting. You can also control how dark the chocolate you use is if you buy a block.
- If you don’t have flax meal on hand, you can also use ground chia seeds. I haven’t used it myself, but I believe it would work well. Just use a little less ground chia then you would use flax.
Other recipes you’ll love:
- Classic Vegan Chocolate Cake
- Vegan Vanilla Cake with Coconut Cream and Berries
- Vegan Banana Cake with a Chocolate Ganache
- Easy Vegan Carrot Cake
- Vegan Lumberjack Cake (Gluten-Free)
- Easy Vegan Apple Almond Cake
- Chocolate Orange Cake (Gluten-Free)
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Vegan Chocolate and Pear Loaf Cake
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
- Yield: 8-10 slices
This vegan chocolate and pear cake loaf is soft, moist and delicious. Perfectly paired with a cream cheese frosting that takes this loaf to another level. It’s great as a morning or afternoon tea treat, or even breakfast!
- ½ cup / 100g coconut oil, melted (measured while solid)
- 1¼ cup / 310ml plant milk, room temperature (I used coconut and soy milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup / 135g plain all-purpose flour
- 1 cup / 120g spelt flour
- ⅓ cup / 40g desiccated coconut
- ¾ cup / 120g coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon flax meal
- 2 Bosc pears, peeled, deseeded and chopped
- ½ cup / 60g vegan chocolate, chopped + extra for topping
- Cream cheese frosting
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius (355 degrees Fahrenheit) and line a loaf tin with unbleached parchment paper.
- Combine all the wet ingredients in one bowl and mix well. If your coconut oil isn’t already melted, you can do so on the stove and add the rest of the wet ingredients into the pot to combine well.
- In a separate large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk, breaking up any lumps.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well to incorporate.
- Fold in the pear and chocolate and pour into the prepared loaf tin.
- Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. I normally check every half hour as all ovens are different.
- While the loaf is baking, you can prepare the cream cheese frosting.
- Once the cake is baked, let it cool completely in the loaf tin before removing from tin and parchment paper.
- Spread the cream cheese frosting over generously and finish off with some chopped chocolate if desired.
- If you’re baking this on a warm-hot day, the cream will be okay outside the fridge for a couple of hours before it starts to become very soft. Pop the cake in the fridge if you think it will start to soften too much.
- Diet: Vegan
This looks great. Do you think I can make it with almond flour instead of spelt?
Hi Lisa, I haven’t tried it, but I imagine the cake won’t hold up as well because there is more oil in almond flour and will become too soft. You could try adding another ½ cup of plain flour and then add ½ cup of almond flour and slightly reduce the amount of oil you use. Let me know if you try it! Alternatively, just sub the spelt for plain flour.
Fantastic pear cake
Been wanting to make a pear cake and made this cake this week. It was lovely…the pear comes through in every bite and the pairing with dark chocolate works very well. Opted for no frosting to make it less indulgent. Baking time was spot on. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Great recipe, I put in more pear and it was really good. Thank you!
I love the idea of your pear loaf, but I don’t eat chocolate or carob… Any ideas of a substitute?
You can simply add more pear or some nuts like pecans or walnuts! Hope you enjoy it 🙂