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Caramelised Pear and Honey Carob Cake (Gluten-Free)

Slice of Caramelised Pear and Honey Carob Cake.

Caramelised pears grace the top of this melt-in-the-mouth pudding type cake. This pear and honey carob cake is not only delicious, but relatively healthy too. It’s made with carob and buckwheat flour, so it’s gluten-free and with honey rather than refined sugar.

When I was living at home as a teenager, my mother and I used to go through sporadic health kicks. During one of these we didn’t eat or drink any chocolate for a few months. It was carob powder that came to our rescue. We used it to replace cocoa, both in drinks and in baking. It was an acquired taste but really rather nice once I got used to it.

Whilst the only comparison to cocoa is its form and colour, it has a pleasant flavour which is not at all bitter. When I saw some carob in a health food shop recently, I had a yen to make a carob cake again and remind myself of its qualities.

Random Recipes

Random Recipes is a monthly cooking challenge devised by Dashing Dom of Belleau Kitchen, whereby you get to cook a recipe from your cookbooks that has been chosen randomly. I’ve been in from the beginning and this is my favourite blogging challenge, excluding We Should Cocoa of course. I look forward to it with some trepidation each month though. For you just never know what you are going to get.

Dom has decided to go on a health kick this month. So for Random Recipes we are tasked with picking a “happy and healthy” recipe. I immediately thought of my new book, Love Bake Nourish by Amber Rose. I’ve posted a review, but suffice it to say I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Although there are only a few chocolate recipes in it, I asked CT to pick any page number in the belief I could always add chocolate if it wasn’t already present in the recipe.

Page number 46 gave me Caramelised Pear and Buckwheat Pudding Cake. This couldn’t have been more fortuitous. It just so happened that I’d been sent a surprise tray of South African apples and pears from Beautiful Country, Beautiful Fruit. So I was really pleased to have landed on this one and the recipe sounded delicious.

The more I scrutinised it, however, the more I thought it just didn’t lend itself to chocolate. As I was about to ask CT to pick another number, I had a brain wave; carob might work. This was a “free from” cake, having neither wheat nor sugar, so why not make a “free from chocolate” cake too?

Caramelised Pear and Honey Carob Cake

First off you need to caramelise the pears. Do this in a little butter and honey. The original recipe called for maple syrup, but I didn’t have any of that. So I used a mixture of honey and my homemade dandelion honey instead. If you have cardamom pods, you’ll need to grind the seeds into a powder. Cardamom is optional, but it works really well and I highly recommend it.

You then make the cake batter in the usual way, scrape it into a tin and place the caramelised pears on top.

Gluten-Free Caramelised Pear and Honey Carob Cake.

I was really pleased with the appearance of this cake. The batter rose up above the pears which gives an appealing sunken look to the fruit. The crumb is close textured, but not in the least bit heavy and it has a melt in the mouth quality which is just delightful. I was right, carob, caramel and pear make for an excellent combination.

What a delight to get reacquainted with carob after all this time. Now I’m left wondering why its been so many years since I’ve used it.

Other Gluten Free Cakes You Might Like

If you’d like to see some more gluten-free recipes, I have quite a few of them.

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Caramelised Pear and Honey Carob Cake

Caramelised pears grace the top of this melt-in-the-mouth cake. It’s more of a pudding than a cake, but is delicious either way and is also gluten and refined sugar free.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: buckwheat flour, cake, carob, gluten-free, healthy, honey, pears
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 235kcal



  • 2 cardamom pods (optional)
  • 2 firm Williams pears
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp honey (I used my homemade dandelion honey)


  • 150 g unsalted butter
  • 125 g firm honey (I used thyme honey)
  • 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 75 g buckwheat flour
  • 50 g carob powder
  • 75 g ground almonds



  • Grind the seeds from the cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar to form a powder.
  • Peel, quarter and core the pears.
  • Melt the butter in a large frying pan with the honey on a medium to low heat.
  • Add the cardamom powder and stir to distribute.
  • Add the pears and leave for about 5 minutes to brown a little. Turn them over and repeat the process for the other side. Leave to cool.


  • Whip the butter and honey until light and creamy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Sift in the buckwheat flour and carob powder and fold in together with the ground almonds.
  • Spoon the batter into a 22 cm round silicone cake mould or lined tin.
  • Place the pear quarters in a fan shape on top of the cake and scrape any remaining caramel over the tops.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170℃ (325℉, Gas 3) for 40 minutes or until the cake is risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out more or less clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for twenty minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Dust the top with icing sugar.


You can also serve this cake warm as a pudding.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.3g | Protein: 5.5g | Fat: 8.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 4.1g | Sugar: 25.9g | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg


I’m also submitting this gluten-free caramelised pear and honey carob cake to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays. For this even, you have to make everything from scratch.


  1. Nazima

    13th June 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Oh this looks diving Choclette. I have seen a chocolate pear cake recently that I was tempted to make but I might try to search out some carob and try your recipe. 🙂

    • Choclette

      13th June 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks Nazima, it’s a good one, quite aromatic and not too sweet.

  2. Nazima

    13th June 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I meant divine not diving of course! sorry for typo

  3. Suelle

    13th June 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This sounds delicious! I tried carob, back in the day, but didn’t really find it an adequate substitute for chocolate, although I don’t think my baking was very adventurous then. The other ingredients here would certainly remedy any flavour deficits.

    • Choclette

      13th June 2013 at 8:36 pm

      No, I don’t think it’s a great substitute for chocolate, it has very different qualities, but it is nice in it’s own right.

  4. belleau kitchen

    13th June 2013 at 2:52 pm

    sounds and looks divine of course… and I love that it’s gluten free too, in fact I must get a copy of that book, really sounds marvellous!… thank you so much for entering this month, so many yummy recipes to help me get back on the road to recovery!… gorgeous chocolate (carob) / pear combo always goes down a treat… and I must make myself some of that dandelion honey too… so much to do!

    • Choclette

      13th June 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Dom, it would be an easy one for invalids to digest I think 😉 I shall be reviewing the book soon, so you might be able to find out a bit more then.

  5. Javelin Warrior

    13th June 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Despite my distaste for carob (at least when I was younger), this still looks and sounds tasty, Choclette! Maybe because of the pears, which really are beautiful. My parents used to swap out carob for chocolate (which really shouldn’t be done!) and so I’ve kind of never forgiven carob 😉

    • Choclette

      14th June 2013 at 7:08 pm

      I can well understand you feeling cheated JW and this well and truly explains your aversion to carob.

  6. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    14th June 2013 at 8:19 am

    Lovely cake & very interesting combo! Love to try this recipe! 😉

  7. Maya Russell

    20th November 2013 at 9:13 am

    Carob is an ok substitute for chocolate. It is an acquired taste though. I have never used it in baking.

  8. Melanie

    4th November 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Would this work with cacao and or cocoa instead of carob?

    • Choclette

      4th November 2019 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Melanie. This would work fine with either cacao or cocoa. It obviously won’t be exactly the same, but I’m sure it will be delicious.

  9. Janice Pattie

    7th November 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Pears have been amazing this year. I’ve never tried combining them with honey but love the sound of it.

    • Choclette

      7th November 2019 at 5:56 pm

      I haven’t had a single pear yet this autumn. I’m need to remedy that. And yes, honey with pears is lovely.

  10. Sisley White

    11th November 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Caramelised pear. Oh my word this is my heaven. I adore pear recipes.

    • Choclette

      12th November 2019 at 6:05 pm

      And I pretty much adore anything caramelised. So we can both tuck into this one and be pleased.

  11. Kavita Favelle

    12th November 2019 at 7:27 am

    It looks rich and delicious. I love the generous slices of pear embedded into the top, so beautiful.

    • Choclette

      12th November 2019 at 6:04 pm

      Aw thank you. Pear and chocolate are a well known pairing. Now I’ve found out pair and carob is a good one too.


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