Pear Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Course : Cakes
Serves: 12
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1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 medium fresh california bartlett pears
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup butter milk
1 cup golden raisins
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoons milk

Preparation / Directions:

Beat oil, sugar and eggs in a bowl until smooth. Halve and core pears; finely chop pears to measure 1 cup. Combine flour with dry ingredients; mix into creamed mixture alternating with buttermilk. Fold chopped pears and raisins into batter. Pour into a greased 13" x 9" pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven 30 to 40 minutes, until tester comes out clean and dry. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert and cool on rack. To prepare icing; beat cream cheese with butter until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla. Gradually add milk until icing is smooth and spreadable. Spread icing on cake.

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