For me, apples and pears are quintessentially winter so they are the inspiration behind this spicy apple and pear cake with cream cheese frosting and salted caramel. The cake itself is not too sweet and has a dense, almost pudding like in texture. The sweetness of the cream cheese frosting and the salted caramel drizzle finishes this off perfectly.

apple & pear cake with cream cheese frosting & salted caramel

apple & pear cake with cream cheese frosting & salted caramel

Since my first purchase on Takelot two years ago, it’s been my go-to online shopping site. I buy books, tech stuff and everything else in between. Why wouldn’t I want to save a heap of money off the retail-selling price without having to leave the comfort of my own home? So when Takelot asked me to take part in their #makewintergreatagain campaign It was a big YES from me. I’m giving away 3 x R500 Takelaot shopping vouchers, so keep reading to see how to enter.

I was thrilled to discover that they also have a very comprehensive baking section on their site and even though I’m pretty well stocked up on baking equipment, there were a few pieces of equipment that I simply had to have

4 pieces of equipment to up your baking game

 1.  Anzo stainless steel cake lifter

How often have you tried to lift a cake onto a plate using egg lifters and prayer? I’ve wanted one of these lifters for ages as it can effortlessly move a whole cake from a cake icing wheel to a cake stand and visa versa. 

2.  Silicone baking mats

These are essential for lining cookie sheets and deliver even non-stick baking results. If you want to make perfect macarons, the macaron mat is the answer.

3. Cake decorating stand

A cake-decorating stand is absolutely essential and will have you instantly decorating your cake like a pro. I can’t believe how easy it is to ice a cake with precision with it.

4. Blow torch

When you want to put the finishing touches on a lemon meringue pie or to Brule your crème caramel, a blow torch is an essential piece of equipment.

5. Off set spatula

I wouldn’t even attempt to ice anything without using an offset spatula

Enter to win

To stand a chance to win one of 3 Takealot vouchers to the value of R500 each – let me know in the comment section below what you would buy on the Takelot website.

apple & pear cake with cream cheese frosting & salted caramel

apple & pear cake with cream cheese frosting & salted caramel

apple & pear cake with cream cheese frosting & salted caramel

Recipe – makes 1 large 2 layer cake – serves 12

Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup of sunflower oil
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 x 400gm tin pie apple slices – roughly chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated
  • 3 pears, peeled and grated / chopped (aprox 1/1/2 )

Pre heat the oven to 180 C

Line 2 x 22 – 23cm cm spring form round cake tins with baking paper.

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Add the oil, cinnamon and vanilla extract and continue to beat.

Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and add this to the mixer with the other ingredients and mix briefly until well incorporated.

Fold in the chopped fruit until it’s well mixed and divide the mixture between the two baking tins and bake for an hour (60 minutes) until firm. You know the cake is baked when a sharp knife is inserted into the middle comes out clean.

*tip* if the top of the cake is getting too dark but it is not yet baked through, loosely cover it with a piece of tin foil around half way through the baking time.

Allow the cake to cool on a rack before removing it from the tin

Cream cheese Icing

  • 100gms butter (room temperature)
  • 125gms cream cheese
  • 3 cups of icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Using an electric mixer, whisk all the above ingredients until pale and fluffy. Decorate the cake when it is cooled.

Salted caramel

  • 200g sugar
  • 80g butter, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup cream
  • a pinch sea salt flakes such as Maldon

Dissolve the sugar in a heavy-based pot. *Be extremely cautious here, as molten sugar can burn you if it comes in contact with your skin. Mix the sugar gently as it dissolves to prevent over browning in patches.

As soon as the sugar has dissolved, remove it from the heat.

Add the butter in parts while whisking continuously.

Return the pot to the heat and add the cream, still whisking vigorously.

When the sauce is smooth and well combined, remove it from the heat, add a pinch of salt and stir to dissolve. Allow it to cool completely, then stir in another sprinkle of salt but do not let it dissolve – the crunchiness adds texture. Taste it and add more salt if desired.

Drizzle the salted caramel over the iced apple and pear cake.

  • Remember to enter to win (open to South African readers only)

apple & pear cake with cream cheese frosting & salted caramel

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56 Comments

  1. this looks absolutely delectable – If I won the voucher I would buy a good pot ware set like the Berlinger Haus 4-Piece Marble Coated Induction Cookware Set – Burgundy #makewintergreatagain

  2. I would buy your cookbook, Sam! And the rest would go toward that chef’s knife that I have my eye on 🙂

  3. cirstenvandenheuvel

    This looks so yummy. I would defintally buy a bread loaf tin by le creuset on takealot mind has rusted and I’m forever baking in it

  4. I know it might not completely fit in with the #makewintergreatagain concept, but I’d looove to buy a propper icecream machine from Takealot, like the Taurus Casa Gelat Ice-cream maker that actually freezes itself.

    From your suggestions for baking, I’d definitely choose the cake stand – from Humble and Mash.

    Keep up with the awesome blog!
    Megs

  5. Jessica Henning

    Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice!! 🙂

  6. Sam

    Ah Megs, Ice cream is a proper #makewintergreatagain recipe. Nothing better.

  7. Wonderful looking cake!! I cant wait to try this recipe this weekend. I really need a cake decorating stand and a blow torch even tho my hubby has reservations on the the latter 😀

  8. This cake looks divine. I would buy a cake decorating stand to make this cake for my upcoming engagement party.
    #makewintergreatagain

  9. Looks amazing. I have my eye on an aeropress coffee maker. Nothing better than a slice of cake with some coffee!

  10. Oh my word! I don’t think I’ve seen a cake I’ve wanted to eat so badly. I have to give this a try before warmer days #makewintergreatagain

    I would love to buy my own icecream maker if I did win

  11. Oooh this cake looks great!! I’d looove a blowtorch! I need a cookie cutter set, they don’t come cheap and I’ve started a small business. I have zero funds. I’d also buy a cake stand to take pics of lovely cakes for my baby site. I love the new look by the way! Congratulations Sam! Thank you!!

  12. As soon as I’m home I need to make this cake. Haven’t put my kenwood chef properly to test yet. On takealot I would buy a good food processor.

  13. Antoinette Pieterse

    Wow!! So many things to buy on Takealot but if I win I will buy the High Precision Digital Milligram Scale @R499 because in baking everything should be measured precise for success 🙂

  14. I am busy making a list of things I need for my new kitchen I’m moving into soon. I would love to buy a decent set of Victorinox knives from Takealot!

  15. Wow, it looks amazing. Will have try out the recipe this weekend.

  16. I would def buy your book Sweet amd the rest would go for silicone baking sheets! They help alot with the catering and baking – that cale just looks absolutely amazing and sooo moist! Wish I could take a bite right now!!! Holding thumbs and toes for luck!!!

  17. Carryn P

    This looks unbelievably amazing and so beautifully styled! <3

  18. Roxanne Spears

    I’m so making this cake! … there are so many things I want (need) on the takealot site – the Aeropress Espresso & Coffee Maker, the Regent or Nova cast iron Chinese teapot & yes I need a few Victorinox knives too! X

  19. Yum. I would get a coffee maker (indulge..) to have a perfect cuppa with a slice of cake or a food processor (practical…) to help me make it.

  20. Sam

    A Xiaomi phone? *rushes off to Google*

  21. Sooo many covetable things but this little guy has caught my eye – Bosch – Coffee Machine Compact Class 1100 Watt in Red.

  22. This is such a dreamy cake and has me ready for fall favors with the apples, pears, and that luscious salted caramel. Must bake this!

  23. Lois Carol Wessels

    I am so impressed at this delicious cake – I am salivating, a perfect combination of all my favorite ingredients and flavours – PERFECTION

  24. OMG! ????????This cake looks absolutely delicious. Definitely going to give it a try! I love takealot and would love to get the Jamie Oliver Round Spring form Cake Tin (23cm). I too have a ton of baking goodies but the quality of these tins looks and feels great. #makewintergreatagain

  25. Natasha Palin

    Love this recipe!! Can’t wait to try it.
    I am a recipe book addict, I take recipe books as my books to read on holiday and I read a recipe book most nights before bed so my purchase on Take alot would without a doubt be a new book and I have my eyes on ‘Plenty’ by Yotam Ottolenghi.

  26. I’d put it towards a Philippa air fryer

  27. Barbara

    I would love to have the cake stand for icing, love baking and this would make icing soooo much easier

  28. Cornelia

    Thank you very much for the incredible recipe. I’d love the Fine Living Digital Kitchen Scale & the Anzo stainless steel cake lifter.

  29. What pears do you use. I bought pears weeks ago and they are still too hard to eat let alone grate.

  30. Beryl Alexander

    It would be hard to beat your apple and banana cake from Sweet. That caramel icing is too divine. I’d like to get some of those flat scrapers for chopping up bread dough? Thoroughly enjoying my sourdough baking at the moment but man is that dough sticky!

  31. tjdaugherty

    This cake is divine! How would one adapt the recipe to make a loaf rather than a cake? These flavors are perfect for fall.

  32. I would use the voucher to buy a pressure cooker. You’ve been raving about it so much that’s I’ve convinced myself that I need one 🙂

  33. Sam

    Hi – it is defs more a cake than a loaf and also it’s quite big. You could halve the recipe and make one large loaf. I have another pear loaf on my blog which is one of my all-time faves.

  34. Sam

    Hi David, I used Fiorelle pears that were ripe and ready to eat. You need to catch them before they go soft but too hard is also not an option. I’m not sure why your pears are taking so long to ripen?

  35. Sam

    That is one of my favourite books of all time

  36. Lee-Ann

    This cake looks delicious! Funny, because many of the things you listed I have needed for a long time (offset spatula and cake decorating stand. actually just a cake stand at all too!). I’m also on the hunt for some new healthy recipe books, so I’d definitely use a voucher towards that.

  37. Belinda Meij

    I baked this cake yesterday and took it to work. It was a real winner! It was finished before lunch time!

  38. Sam

    Hi, Belinda – I’m so glad the cake worked out and your colleagues enjoyed it. I’d say, lucky colleagues 🙂

  39. Belinda Meij

    I actually didn’t have fresh pears so i chopped tinned pears to same quantity and made it small pieces. The cake was nice and moist and all my colleagues agreed the best cake I made so far (yes I love to bake!). Worked very well.
    For the competition: I would buy an offset spatula as this cake was delicious but didn’t look as neat and tidy as yours do! Could also use some silicone mats for some cookies I want to bake

  40. So this cake will be baking in my oven this weekend… sounds amazing!

    If I win I would use the voucher towards some new kitchen toys!! I need a minicer attachment for my kenwoodaughter chef as it’s almost Christmas cookie time! Love keeping up the tradition by baking all grannies traditional cookie recipies as gifts.

  41. Sands Maharaj

    Now that’s a positively decadent cake….perfect for today’s Durban chill with a cuppa!

  42. Hi Sam, What a lovely cake. If I were to win some Takealot vouchers I would buy a series of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books for mt grand-daughters.

  43. mpho masinga

    This looks so yummy I’m totally going to try make it really caught my eyes

  44. After reading your recipe on mexican chicken, I would definitely invest in a pressure cooker from Takealot!

  45. sibongile

    Good afternoon All, well for me the first thing I would by will be a Jug Blender I just love smoothies

  46. I would buy the Tefal grill pan! This looks so yummy

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