Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Pears and cinnamon are a natural combination.  Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream is even better.

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

This is an old-fashioned cake recipe.  I started with a recipe for Fruit Cocktail Cake that my mom had.  It’s a simple, from-scratch cake that uses basic, pantry ingredients.  The original recipe includes a nut topping, but I really wanted cinnamon buttercream frosting to top this pear cake.

I used Libby’s® Pear Halves for this cake.  Canned pears work really well here.  They’re always perfectly ripe and sweet.  And because they’re packed in juice there’s no added sugar sneaking in.

Speaking of sugar, I cut the amount of sugar in the original recipe by half.  It’s still plenty sweet.

Here’s what you’ll need:  

Pear Cake ingr

Because all the ingredients are simple, pantry items, this cake is very cost effective to make.  The total cost of the ingredients should be under $3.  The recipe makes a 9×13 cake, which is 16-20 servings.  That means the per serving cost is under $0.20 and probably closer to $0.15/serving.  We can afford to make this one!

I used Libby’s® Pear Halves, but I did cut them into bite sized pieces before adding them to the batter.  The pear juice from the can also gets added to the batter.

pear halves

The Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting ingredients are just as simple as the cake ingredients.  You probably have all of these things in your pantry now.

Cinnamon Frosting ingr


Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Serves: 9x13 pan

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (15oz) Libby's Pear Halves
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
Frosting Ingredients
  • 4 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbs. milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Cut pears into bite-sized pieces, reserving the juice.
  4. In a large bowl, stir eggs and sugar together.
  5. Add pears and juice, stirring to combine.
  6. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda.
  7. Pour into greased pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool before frosting.
Frosting Instructions
  1. Place butter in mixing bowl.
  2. Sift together powdered sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Add to mixing bowl and beat with vanilla.
  4. Add milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Spread on cooled cake.

Giveaway from Libby’s!

One winner will win a prize pack including a Crate and Barrel Six Bottle Spice Box and an assortment of Libby’s® Fruit.  Winner will be drawn by random on March 29.  U.S. residents only.


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Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Libby’s®.  I have been compensated for my time, however all opinions are my own.

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  1. Marlene Kliewer says:

    I love to put a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt atop of some Libby’s canned fruit and then sprinkle a bit of shredded coconut over all of it. Yummy!!

  2. Pear and cinnamon, a perfect natural combination for making cake. Moreover buttercream!! It’s an added deliciousness to the cake. Love them. Very cost effective and easy to make cake.

  3. The short list of ingredients and directions has me sold! Trying this today! Frosting half for the grown ups and leaving half unfrosted for the little people! Thank you!

  4. Debbie Bauza says:

    An English Triffel is great with Libby’s fruit!! In a Triffel dish layer, crumbled jelly filled sponge cake, then Libby’s fruit, then custard. Keep layering, then top with whipped cream. It not only tasks awesome but looks pretty too!!! Great for entertaining

  5. Any type of Libby’s fruit with a little cottage cheese is a quick and delicious lunch or snack, no trouble and very filling.

  6. Delonia Quinones says:

    I love to put Libby’s Peaches in a delicious Peach Cobbler!

  7. Millie Rocheleau says:

    I like to eat the fruit right by itself!!!!! Recipe for the cake sounds great!!!

  8. Linda Polk says:

    Our favorite and quick way to eat Libby’s fruit choice is with cottage cheese. Makes a great dessert with an evening meal or a quick breakfast, adding toast of course.

  9. Libby’s fruit with ginger snaps!! perfect flavor combo.

  10. Judith Cole says:

    I love to use Libby fruit in salads, either a lettuce based salad or a fruit salad

  11. I love Libby’s fruit with vanilla wafers on the side or straight from the can. The cake recipe for pears and cinnamon sounds yummy.

  12. ann schwab says:

    With a spoon or fork, straight from the can!

  13. Libby’s pineapple chunks with cottage cheese. My go to lunch when I want something cool and refreshing

  14. i love to make flavored jello with Libby fruit and whipped cream!!!

  15. My favorite ways are straight from the can,especially peaches,Fruit cocktail in a cake and a mixture for a fruit salad made with the juice and pudding mix.

  16. Kathy Lindahl says:

    I like eating Libby’s peaches right out of the can!
    For a treat, I spoon fruit cocktail over ice cream!

  17. Patty seifert says:

    I love recipes with simple ingredients. This is going to be made today by me! Thank you.

  18. I love peaches with cottage cheese!

  19. MaryAlice Allen says:

    Since I don’t get a lunch break at my part-time job, I keep a can of Pears or Peaches in the office fridge. I just open the can and eat them straight out of the can, with some saltine crackers Great way to tide me over until dinner time.

  20. Marilyn Horn says:

    I love cold peaches…what a refreshing snack!!