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Pear Gingerbread Cake Roll

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling


10 servings

Crave the taste of gingerbread at Christmastime? Why stop at making cutout cookies? Enjoy this elegant swirled dessert. It dresses up a spiced molasses cake with a luscious pear filling. —Gwen Beauchamp, Lancaster, Texas
Pear Gingerbread Cake Roll Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon each ground ginger, cinnamon and allspice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 medium pears, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons pear brandy or brandy
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Additional confectioners' sugar and ground cinnamon, optional


  1. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease and flour the pan and paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks for 3 minutes. Gradually add sugar; beat for 2 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and lemon-colored. Beat in butter and molasses. Combine the flour, baking powder and spices; fold into egg mixture. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  2. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn cake onto a kitchen towel dusted with confectioners' sugar. Gently peel off waxed paper. Roll up cake in towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For filling, in a small skillet, saute pears in butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in brandy. Cool completely. In a large bowl, beat the cream, confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and ginger until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in pear mixture.
  4. Unroll cake and spread filling over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar and cinnamon if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 284 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 167mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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