Spiced Pear Crumble Cake

Spiced Pear Crumble Cake is packed with juicy pear, warm cinnamon, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping.

Only 4 sleeps until Christmas!

We’ve had our first light dusting of snow here, and everything looks so festive and lovely! There’s a bit more snow in the forecast and I have my fingers crossed tightly so we might have a white Christmas!

I’ve finished work for the year and now can really focus on soaking up the holidays, spend time with family, and read a few books. There’s really nothing better than lazy days spent relaxing by the Christmas tree, listening to my favourite Dean Martin carols.

If you’re still in need of a sweet addition to your Christmas brunch menu – or to your holiday dessert table – this Spiced Pear Crumble Cake would be welcome!

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Blueberry Brunch Cake

 Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

I have a couple of friends in my life whom I have known since I was 8 years old. We grew up together attending the same elementary school and living blocks away from each other. We went from kids who loved playing “house” to teenagers who were obsessed with clothes and boys.

As high school hit, our paths diverged as we went to different schools and found new friendships, but we all kept tabs on each other; there always seemed to be one common friend who kept in touch with all of us.

And as we left high school and started college and university and jobs, we reunited in various ways and at various times, and, as young adults with semi-serious boyfriends, living in our first apartments, studying toward degrees, working part-time jobs, we all became friends again.

Fast forward ten years and we are now in stable jobs, working on a Masters degree, married, homeowners, living in different cities, and/or with kids in tow – all of us in very different phases of life.

We met up last weekend, driving out of town to our homeowner friend’s home, where she welcomed us with a roaring fireplace and homemade baking.

And even though we hadn’t seen each other since my wedding last August and for many months prior to that, we fell back into a comfortable rhythm, laughing and sharing together.

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Upside-Down Rhubarb Brunch Cake

 Upside-down Rhubarb Brunch Cake has a buttermilk cake base and is topped with tangy rhubarb laced with gooey caramel, which makes this already-moist cake irresistible.

Whenever I think of upside-down cake, I think about the Pineapple Upside-down cake that was popular in the 80s, when I was a kid – a piece of cake topped with an unnaturally bright red maraschino cherry in the middle of a ring of too-sweet canned pineapple.

This is not your typical upside-down cake from the 80s. This Upside-down Rhubarb Brunch Cake is the real deal.

Rhubarb is overflowing from my local farmer’s markets and grocery stores and I’m taking full advantage this year! I’ve already made Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and Mini Banana Rhubarb Muffins – and now I’m baking it into a cake.

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