Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake

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Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

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This Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake is a must-try for those who want to enjoy a fantastic gluten-free cake.

Putting it simply, this is a terrific cake. Sweet, juicy pears and tangy raspberries add flavour and texture to a moist, almond cake batter.

There are classic flavour combinations in this cake. Pears and almonds are natural companions; their flavours match beautifully. In addition, raspberries frequently accompany pears.

The bright, tangy flavour of raspberries beautifully complements the mellow sweetness of the pears.

Gluten-free baking faces a number of challenges, not least of which is the tendency for some cakes to be flavourless, crumbly and dry. However, the best advice that I have is to use a reliable recipe and this one admirably fits the description.

I include almond meal in much of my gluten-free baking. The finely ground almonds add moisture, texture and flavour. Additionally, they help to replace some of the protein which is missing in gluten-free flours. Gluten is a protein which helps retain moisture and provides lightness, strength and structure to baked goods so it is necessary to find alternatives.

Additionally, the almond meal has a number of nutritional benefits.

As well as being high in protein, it is low in carbohydrates and particularly rich in Vitamin E and magnesium.

I have found that cakes which are made with the addition of fresh fruit are extremely versatile. They are perfect to serve for morning or afternoon tea. However, they can also be dressed up to make a beautiful dessert. 

Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake
This beautiful cake will brighten your senses. Nothing quite beats the aroma of a cake baking, immediately heightening a sense of anticipation and creating the feeling of comfort and warmth in your home.

Whilst I can’t guarantee that cake makes everything better, there are occasions when it does help a little. So I encourage you, do yourself a favour and treat yourself. Try this delightfully moist and tender Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake. I like to serve this Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake with some rich, thick cream and a few fresh raspberries on the side.

I received this recipe from my friend Heather, following a lunch in her beautiful Adelaide Hills garden. The cake was made by Lesley, another guest at the luncheon.

Please let me know in the comments below if you make this cake.
Alex and Faye xx

P.S. Have a look at some other delicious desserts that feature pears:

Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake

Simple to make and delicious to eat, this lovely cake is moist and full of flavour owing to the large amount of fruit that it contains. Put simply, this is my kind of cake! Enjoy it with a pot of tea or coffee or as a dessert with a dollop of cream and some fresh raspberries. 
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Course: Cake, Dessert, Sweet
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: almond, cake, delicious, easy, gluten free, pear, raspberry, simple, sweet
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Cooling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 410kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 150 g butter at room temperature
  • 150 g superfine/caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 65 g gluten-free plain/all purpose flour use regular flour if GF isn’t required
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder use GF if required
  • 125 g almond meal
  • 2 medium-sized pears peeled, cored and chopped (ensure not too ripe *)
  • 125 g raspberries fresh or frozen, divided
  • 1/4 cup flaked almonds
  • icing/confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • to serve: whipped cream and fresh raspberries optional


  • Grease and line the base and sides of a 22cm spring-form tin.
    Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F.
  • Add butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Beat the butter and sugar until it is thick and pale.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla with the last egg. The mixture may appear to separate but it will come together with the addition of the flour and almond meal.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together.
  • With the mixer on the lowest speed, gently add the flour, baking powder and almond meal.
  • Remove the bowl and, using a rubber spatula or large metal spoon, gently fold in the pear and most of the berries.
  • Spread the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
  • Place the remaining berries randomly on the top of the cake batter and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
    Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the sides of the cake tin and finish cooling on a wire rack.
    When the cake is completely cool, carefully remove the base of the tin and the baking paper and transfer to a serving platter.
  • Dust with icing sugar.
    Serve with lightly whipped cream and berries – optional.
    Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.



*The pears need to be just ripe. If they are very ripe they will release a lot of moisture into the cake.
*Save a few raspberries for the top of the cake batter.


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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208 Comments on “Gluten-Free Pear and Raspberry Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect timing! Diagnosed as Coeliac 2 years ago. My pear tree was dropping it’s fruit and raspberries were on special in the supermarket. What else could I make? Took it as my contribution to a Sunday lunch get together and everybody loved it. None to bring home. Will have to make another soon.

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  3. Love your site. This cake looks absolutely delicious! Can blanched almond flour be used in place of almond meal since the only difference is that blanched almond flour has the skins removed from the almonds? Thanks!

    1. Thank you for the lovely comments Sharon. Yes, you absolutely can substitute almond flour. I do hope that you enjoy the cake; it is one of my favourites. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious. I think that adding lots of fruit is a good way to go when looking to make gluten free desserts.

  5. 5 stars
    I really love gluten free recipes, this sounds great for dinner.. I love cakes for dinner.. ??

  6. 5 stars
    Wow, I bet the combination of these two will taste really great. I will definitely try making one for myself.

  7. 5 stars
    I haven’t baked with pears in a long time and had forgotten how delicious they are in desserts. This cake looks so moist and delicious I can’t wait to try it. Can one use apples instead of pears in this recipe?

  8. I’ve been told I need to cut gluten out of my diet, so this recipe is perfect for my new eating habits when I am craving some dessert! Thank you for sharing!

  9. 5 stars the first time to learn that you can use pear for making this delicious treat. Oh this recipe is very exciting for my tummy. Yummy!

  10. I have been eating quite a few gluten-free cakes and absolutely love them, this pear and raspberry cakes looks delicious and what a yummy pairing.

  11. I love fruit cakes. It’s about the only type of cake that “sounds” healthy and you don’t feel guilty eating it. Nice ideas for putting these together. They look delicious.

  12. I’m so upset with myself for never having thought to make this before!! Cant wait to try it out!!

  13. This looks positively delicious! I love how you have pictures for each of the steps to. That is SO helpful for me with blogs! I never know if I have the right texture etc!

  14. Holiii !!
    What a good look this cake has. I am a lot of making cakes, because I prefer homemade ingredients, and to be able to throw what I can eat.
    Good day!!

  15. This recipe won my heart. I find it tough to make gluten free cakes that taste good too. I am adding this recipe to my list.

  16. ok, yum yum yum! I wanna make this for this weekend. I love having gluten free recipes for my daughter too!

  17. This looks absolutely wonderful. Gluten free desserts tend to get a bad rap, but with this one it can be nipped in the bud. Looks very most

  18. This cake looks like it would be so delicious. I have never had this fruit combination at the same time.

  19. Ohhh, add almond meal! That’s a great tip! This gluten-free pear and raspberry cake also looks amazing!

  20. 5 stars
    I like that this is gluten-free and deliciously looking. Would be lovely to pair with my brewed coffee.

  21. 5 stars
    Raspberries, pears and some finely ground almond in one recipe? That cake must be delicious…I would need that piece Alexandra!

  22. 5 stars
    Pear is my favorite and glad it is in this week recipe for dessert. I like how you have listed up the steps in numeric with the pictures. It is easier for me to follow step by step.

  23. 5 stars
    Pear and raspberry sounds like a perfect refreshing combination. What a great summer cake! Being gluten free is even better, making it so much lighter for the stomach.

  24. Wow, this looks and sounds delicious. I love trying out different recipes, especially gluten-free for our tea room. A lot of the bought in gluten-free isn’t very tasty.

  25. This looks delicious! I love anything with raspberry…and also love that it’s gluten free! I’m always looking for new GF desserts to try!

  26. I’m always looking to add gluten free desserts to my repertoire Alex. I have a few friends who eat gluten free, so I’ll need to give your recipe a try. I love pears and don’t often use them. Why is that? They’re always so delicious! Thanks for sharing this one!

  27. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I am always looking for good gluten-free desserts to take to work with me since one of my coworkers can’t have gluten! This will be perfect for out next potluck

  28. 5 stars
    I love fruit cakes, they’re not only fresh but also healthy … just ideal for this season. Can’t wait to try this recipe out! 🙂

  29. I`m allergic to gluten so I keep coming back to your blog to see if I can score any new recipe and there´s almost always something delicious waiting for me.
    Why do you try so many gluten-free recipes? Are you allergic too?
    Got curious!
    Thank you for yet another scrumptious looking dessert I can eat!

  30. I love the pear, raspberry combo! A little sweet and a little tart always compliment each other so well!

  31. 5 stars
    Oh, I can go ahead and guarantee that this cake will make everything better! It looks delicious. 🙂 I don’t bake with pears all that often, and I’m sitting here wondering why not. This flavor combination sounds delicious, and I just wish I had a slice sitting next to me with my coffee right now!

    1. It is strange that pears are often overlooked and I also wonder why. They can be used in so many ways. Used in this cake their sweetness beautifully complements the tang of the raspberries and they add fantastic moisture. And yes, the cake is great with a coffee – wish I could help. 🙂

  32. The combination of pear and raspberry sounds so yummy–I don’t think I’ve tried it! Love that this is GF and I’ll keep in mind next time I have some family over that is GF.

    1. It’s always good to have some recipes which can accommodate specific dietary requirements. And this cake will be enjoyed by people who are not gluten-free. 🙂

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  36. 5 stars
    I love a good almond meal cake, and raspberries are my favourite fruit to bake with! Cant wait to try that cake, it sounds so perfect for the colder days 🙂

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