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Light as Air Pear Coffee Cake

This light as air pear coffee cake is a beautiful looking coffee cake that’s so simple to prepare and tastes oh so light and delicious. Bake one up and enjoy!


This recipe is from years ago when I started catering in Atlanta. I made this cake many times for luncheons and brunches. Its light and not too sweet, but is also so satisfying and great with a cup of coffee or tea while relaxing. As you can see in the picture, this coffee cake displays beautifully and your friends and family will think it took so long to make when its actually one of the easiest recipes (this can be our secret).


Light as Air Pear Coffee Cake

Yields 8 slices

Nutrition: calories 145.2, fat 4.4 g

My son Josh made me this pot holder when he was 6 years old. I had to show it off, it’s so cute!


  • 1 3/4 cups Bisquick Heart Health Smart mix
  • 1 16 ounce can pear halves in its own juice or water, drained
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp stick butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup baby food — pears or applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, spray an 8 inch round pan with cooking spray and set aside until ready to fill.
  2. On a cutting board, slice the pears into thin slices. Set aside until the end.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except for the pears, 1 tsp of the cinnamon and 1 tsp of the sugar (the rest will be used later) and mix until blended. Make sure you get all the dry mix from the bottom all mixed in, but do not over mix. Let sit 5 minutes on the counter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly. Arrange the pears in a circular pattern on top of the batter. Sprinkle the 1 remaining tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp sugar over the top of the cake.
  5. Bake about 30 – 40 minutes until golden brown; until a wooden skewer or toothpick comes out clean or with dry crumbs. While baking, turn the pan around after 15 minutes for even baking.


Serve warm or room temperature and enjoy this wonderful cake!




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  1. Hi Pam. This looks scrumptious! Going to make it this weekend. (I’m posting it to my Pinterest board, too.) Best regards, Deb Perham (Julia’s mom)

    1. Hi Deb! So nice to hear from you! You don’t need to tell me who’s mom you are. I still remember all the things we have in common, even to who built your house. LOL! Hope all is well. Can’t believe we are thinking about colleges for our girls. Time goes so fast! So glad you like this recipe. It really is easy to make and is just delish! Thank you for posting on Pinterest. I do appreciate it. Hope we run into each other around town. xo Pam

  2. Thanks Ellen, it’s so easy to make. I love using Bisquick. Hope all is well with you.Loving your blog. Great new sauce recipe and so healthy! Hugs, Pam 🙂