Honey butter cake layers, baked with caramelized pears and covered in a honey cream cheese frosting.
As I’ve combed through Pinterest, Instagram and my go-to food blogs lately, I’ve noticed a trend in honey and fig cakes, especially for weddings. Seeing so many of these beautiful cakes, I wanted to make one for myself and see what the hype is all about. However, before even searching for recipes, I reminded myself that I don’t really like figs (why make a cake I wouldn’t love?). I do, on the other hand, love honey. So that ingredient was a keeper, and I just needed to come up with another fruit.
Pears were an obvious choice. They’re a perfect match for honey, in my opinion.
Before making this cake, I knew that I didn’t want to do a fruit filling and I didn’t want to put the pears into the batter (for no particular reason – just the mood I was in, I guess). That left me with one option: cooking the pears on top of the cake because putting them in the batter just seemed to hide the fruit instead of highlight it.
I caramelized the pears a bit and used some of the leftover sauce to pour on top of the pears before adding the batter to the cake pan. This step gives the cake a bit of a brown sugar glaze, another solid flavor addition to the honey and pears.
How good does this cake look? Even without the honey cream cheese buttercream, it’s already got great flavors and texture. You could cut a slice right now and walk away happy… but don’t… the honey cream cheese frosting is definitely worth waiting for.
And if pictures aren’t enough, here’s a quick video of this step: