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Easy Apple Pear Spice Cake Recipe

I was inspired to make this quick and easy Apple Pear Spice Cake that is tender, spongy, and spicy using some of my Rodelle vanilla and spice ingredients and featuring chopped up pieces of That's It fruit bars mixed into the batter.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, crazy cake, pear, wacky cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Sharon Wong


  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Rodelle ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil or any neutral tasting oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup water room temperature
  • 2 That’s It Apple + Cinnamon bars
  • 2 That’s It Apple + Pear & Ginger bars


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Cut each fruit bar in half lengthwise, cut each stick into 8 pieces and then coarse chop and set aside.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients in a 9x9 square baking dish or pan with a fork or a whisk. Smooth the surface and make 4 wells (2 large, 2 small) and add the applesauce, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract into separate wells.
  4. Add water and stir until the dry ingredients are mostly mixed in.
  5. Add the chopped That’s It pieces (reserve 1-2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top if desired) and stir until the batter is evenly mixed. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and smooth the top, add the sprinkles if using.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out clean (for my oven, it takes about 37 minutes).
  7. Allow the cake to cool and it’s ready to serve when the pan is cool enough to touch. Use a serrated knife to cut the cake in an up and down motion so that you don’t drag the fruit bar pieces and tear the cake.