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This Pear Streusel Coffee Cake is chock full of fruit and finished off with a crunchy pecan topping. Perfect while pears are ripe, sweet and juicy.

Slice of Pear Streusel Coffee Cake on a square white plate with a pear half

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake: A Winning Recipe

About 35 volunteers for our local Decorators’ Show House gathered at my house at the end of October. These were all hardworking ladies that truly know how to give back to the community. I served up this pear streusel coffee cake and there was nothing but crumbs left on the platter, and there were tons of recipe requests. Moist with an abundance of pears, each bite tantalized the taste buds with fruit and warm spices of cinnamon and ginger.

This Pear Streusel Coffee Cake would be terrific as a  holiday gift or a gesture of kindness for a friend or someone in need.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake on a white platter with fresh pears

Giving Comfort

As Thanksgiving approaches, our family focuses on gratitude and helping those in need. In elementary school, my children attached a construction paper leaf to the tree in the cafeteria stating what they were thankful for.

Nick most likely wrote “ham” on his leaf one year, one of his childhood obsessions. Tom was probably more politically correct and scrawled “God” or “family” on his oak or maple shaped cut out. His first-grade teacher predicted he’d grow up to be a priest. Katie certainly mentioned puppies and kittens.

My gratitude has always focused on my dear family, friends and the laughter that fills my day. But this time of year also brings the need to give comfort to others, those less fortunate due to illness, loss of work or even the side effects of aging including immobility and depression.

Pear Streusel Coffee Cake viewed from above on a white serving dish with small fresh pears


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Pear Streusel Coffee Cake

A streusel topped coffee cake filled with chopped pears

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 18 servings


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups chopped ripe,peeled and cored pears


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 10-inch diameter springform pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and oil. Set aside 1 cup of mixture for topping.
  3. Fold in the chopped pears to the remaining mixture. Stir in the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, baking soda, and baking powder. Scrape batter into prepared pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the reserved crumbs and the chopped pecans. Sprinkle over top of coffee cake.
  5. Bake for one hour or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack then remove sides of the springform pan to serve.


Adapted from The Inn on Sea Street recipe

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g


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63 comments on “Pear Streusel Coffee Cake”

  1. What a great cause this is!!!I remember my grandpa was not able to remember anything due to Alzheimer’s disease so he was not able to even make a cup of hot tea πŸ™ May he RIP. Now for your recipe, looks so great and moist, I’m thinking of making this in a Thanksgiving gathering here. Will sure let you know, thanks for sharing.

  2. A slice of yummy crumby, “peary” and “pecany” cake for me, please! Er…can I take the whole cake instead?!!

    Gourmet Getaways xx

  3. Not that I need an excuse to drink wine, but will have to open a few extras this upcoming holiday. That coffee cake looks fabulous. Sounds like you and your friends had a blast. Hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. While I do enjoy all sweets… I’m most drawn to these types of coffee cakes. I think it’s because they were what G-Mom-B would make most often using up fruit she had on-hand. This sounds like a great cake Liz!
    PS-I’m thankful for ham too:@)

  5. So fruity, buttery and nutty! I would love a slice for my afternoon tea, Liz.

  6. My streusel loving heart just went pitter patter.

  7. This is a beautiful cake…. I don’t drink wine, but I can see how it pairs well with wine. My hubby is the wine connoisseur in the family… his favorite is Cabernet Sauvignon πŸ™‚

  8. This coffee cake certainly looks comforting. This time of year always makes me slow down and realize everything I have and why I am so lucky in this world.

  9. Odd as it may sound, I have never baked with pear. Your recipe looks perfect to begin with and I am tempted to bake it right away. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Liz!!! This cake is gorgeous!!! love learning about this Every Cork counts campaign by Gallo. . I love it when companies and brands actually do something and give back!!! Definitely helping to promote this one today! love this!

  11. I love that you made this for your community volunteers! Who wouldn’t love it, Liz?! I need to follow you and make this for a good crowd πŸ™‚

  12. This cake is gorgeous and is even more that you made this for your community volunteers !!

  13. This is a wonderful campaign, and I am very glad to know about it. Our family too has had loved ones who stayed much healthier due to Meals on Wheels, so I am grateful to hear about Gallo’s generous donation. And this coffee cake is the kind of thing that I just adore – great recipe!

  14. Wow! Your streusel cake looks amazing! I love wine too, so I really enjoyed your post!:)
    Have a great day, Liz:)

  15. Oh man…I love that I can eat this for breakfast OR dessert. I definitely would want a few slices!!!

  16. This cake looks so good. It is difficult to find pear cakes. This one looks easy and delicious and perfect for Fall. the wine pairing is a great idea.

  17. Delicious. We do need to remember others this time of year. It’s easier during the holidays but we need to keep the reason for the season throughout the year.

  18. Holy Yum! Your coffee cake looks amazing and I just want to spoon off that topping. I love it!

  19. Forget #SundaySupper — I need these with my morning coffee! Just gorgeous, Liz!

  20. Liz, I have a go-to gluten-free coffee cake that I think would pair so well with your pear and ginger flavors. I have to try it! And it is so funny what kids are thankful for, but as long as we get them to think about it, that’s all that matters.

  21. I love learning about this Gallo campaign and it always feels good to give back to community. This coffee cake won my heart! I really adore the presentation and the crunchy pecan topping is to die for.

  22. Meals on wheels does such great work – it really is a lifeline for people who aren’t able to prepare their own meals.
    And I’m nor surprised there were nothing but crumbs left of this coffee cake! If I’d seen it on a plate, I would have asked for the recipe too.

  23. I looooove streusel cake, that topping is my favorite part!

  24. This cake is absolutely stunning. I’m digging pears right now.

  25. Amazingly Pearfully Delish.
    Liz, you can do ANYTHING)))!!! xxx

  26. I think you must be the busiest baker and cook!! Love to see your kitchen – bet it is gorgeous. Mine is needing updating…too busy to do anything about it for another couple of years at least. πŸ™‚ I can barely keep up with you and your prolific, wonderful posts, Liz. This is beautiful as per usual.

  27. Oh, wow! Love the sight of this cake. I am sure it tasted heavenly.

  28. Streusel is my ultimate comfort food. Top it with streusel and I’ll devour it every time. I love that used pears in this. Madison made a pear pie last year that has become our favorite by far. We love it more than apple! Hard to believe, but true. I need to make this coffee cake for breakfast! Looks fantastic, Liz!

  29. Lizzy,
    Your coffee cake looks delicious. I love moscato wine and use it in my Italian Wine Cookies.

  30. Oh my goodness, so chock full of wholesome yumminess, Liz. Perfect celebration of the pear! Bravo to Gallo, too, for supporting Meals on Wheels….P.s. Love your young son’s thankfulness for ham =) Tee hee.

  31. I have never tried this combination before. This is such a perfect afternoon tea cake treat. Bookmarking it, so that when I have more time to bake snacks for tea, this will be in my list :). Have a wonderful week ahead! Cheers, Jo

  32. This reminds me of a recipe that my grandma used to make, but I never actually got her recipe. I can’t wait to give this a try…looks delicious!

  33. Oh wow! Anything with streusel topping has my attention – love this gorgeous cake!

  34. What a scrumptious looking coffee cake, love that streusel!

  35. Perfect coffee cake for the autumn evening..with a nice cup of tea πŸ™‚

  36. I don’t bake with pears often enough. I would LOVE this coffee cake. I love cake with fruit and I love pears – win!

  37. A perfect for fall pear dessert! Yum!

  38. Absolutely gorgeous! Wish I had a slice right now! I just love the strusel!

  39. Hi Liz,
    Pear AND streusel??? Making this today or tomorrow…what kind of pears did you use? Would any work? I love Comice, but not sure if they’d get too mushy.


  40. I’m thankful for YOU and this wonderful recipe! And I’ll write that on a maple leaf for the tree!

  41. Delicious cake!!
    I looooooove coffee cakes, and actually I don’t remember myself making one with pears.

  42. I can’t wait to make this! Perfect for a wintery day.

  43. I need to try this wine!! The Gallo pairings seem right on!!

  44. Of course, I am wondering what Tom is doing now…Father Tom???

    Thank you for sharing your very personal and heatwarming story about how Meals on Wheels helped your Dad. That had to be a God send to you and your family.

    Love this cake, too. Thank goodness your friends prodded you enough to SHARE the recipe!!

  45. I love how your son said ‘ham’. Clearly he’s not Jewish! I love the idea of thanksgiving and only wish we celebrated it here. I do love the concept behind that mission – it’s always good to help those less fortunate than ourselves. That’s a great looking dessert with a wonderful topping xx

  46. What a rainy day coffee cake, delicious recipe! πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  47. What a wonderful cause to support! Beautiful post, Liz. Your coffee cake looks delicious and I bet would be perfect as an addition to Thanksgiving dessert.

  48. Hey, I mean, I’m grateful for ham, too πŸ™‚ Without it, my sandwich today for lunch would just be bread and mustard. hahaha. Great looking coffee cake, Liz!

  49. This cake looks amazing! I love the crumbly topping.

  50. Lovely sentiment. And this cake is so totally up my alley! πŸ™‚

  51. This is my kind of dessert – so awesome!

  52. I have a bit of an obsession with your streusel coffee cake.

  53. Lis, this is gorgeous! It’s making me wish I had a cup of coffee and a slice beside me right now!

  54. Lovely coffeecake, Liz. I imagine it would make a beautiful dessert as well.

  55. I’ve been saving wine corks for a few years hoping to do something with them. Thanks to this post I now know what to do. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to this worthy cause. Thank you Liz for this info and the yummy recipe.

  56. If I could give this 10 stars, I would! This came out unbelievably good! Rave reviews for our day after Christmas celebration with the in-laws! I highly recommend!Β 

  57. Simply delicious!!!! Made this for the holidays πŸ˜€
    Very easy to follow. 4 stars!!!

  58. I made this yesterday for my husband’s birthday cake. He loves pears and anything’s streuesal. It was a hit. It is delicious, light, moist, not to dense n it is crispy on the outside. I didn’t use nuts, as my kids aren’t fans of nuts. I used oats instead.

  59. I made this last weekend and it only lasted a couple days. It was so tasty. Hubby asked me to make it again this weekend but we don’t have anymore pears on hand so I substituted them for apples. It was still heavenly!Β 
    The only change I had to make was not having a springform pan handy so I used a 9×13 glass dish. I will absolutely be making this again.Β 

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