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Maple Spice Cake with Wine Poached Pears | Fare Isle

Maple Spice Cake with Wine Poached Pears

  • Author: Kaity Farrell
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 6-inch 3 layer cake 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A deliciously spiced maple cake with fluffy maple buttercream topped with luscious red wine poached pears.



Spice Cake

Maple Buttercream

  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature (use plant-based butter for a vegan version)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Wine Poached Pears


Spice Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease 3 6-inch cake tins and line the bottoms with parchment paper circles. Flour the sides.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix together with a rubber spatula until every combined, about 1 minute.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the 3 prepared cake tins. Bake on the center rack for about 20 minutes or until the sides of the cake pull away from the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool cakes in tins for 10 minutes then run a knife along the edges and invert the tins onto a cooling rack. Lift the tins off and peel away the parchment paper.
  7. Cool completely before frosting.
  8. Layer and frost the cake with the maple buttercream then top with halved poached pears and drizzle the thickened sauce over the top of the cake.

Maple Buttercream

  1. Cream butter in a mixer with a whisk attachment until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until light, airy, smooth, and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Wine Poached Pears

  1. Add everything except the pears to a saucepan or deep-sided small brasier.
  2. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Peel the pears and add them to the simmering poaching liquid. Poach them until tender but still firm enough to keep their shape, about 15 minutes. Spoon the liquid over them throughout the cooking process and turn them a few times so they cook evenly on all sides.
  4. Remove pears from the liquid and set them aside to cool.
  5. Bring the poaching liquid back to a boil and reduce until the thickened into a sauce, about 10 minutes.
  6. Strain and cool the sauce.


  • The cake and pears can be made the day before. Wrap the cake with plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Store the poached pears in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • Best eaten the day it is assembled and served. Leftover cake can be covered and stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 1-2 days.
  • The cake recipe can also make 12 standard-sized cupcakes or 1 single layer 8 or 9-inch round or square cake. The baking time should be about the same for cupcakes, 20 minutes. For a large single layer cake up the baking time to 35-45 minutes.
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: maple, spice, wine, pears, cake